Now that my youngest is 18 months old and is slowly getting more involved in the kitchen, I realized that some little changes needed to be made to our kitchen spaces that have been set up mostly for my 3.5 year old to use. I have been trying to keep what they might need accessible without over-cluttering up the kitchen area or overwhelming them. I have had some idea in my head what I have wanted to do but have had trouble setting it all up in the most practical, safe way possible. There are so many wonderful ideas on setting up a Montessori kitchen space online. I have also got some great ideas from the book Montessori From the Start by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen. This book has to be one of my favourite Montessori books as it’s so detailed. I guess though at the end of the day, you need to do what works for your family.
So, this is what is what I have set up so far.
Kitchen trolley, used for food prep and to store everyday kitchen supplies and utensils for my children. The trolley top height is just the right height for my 3.5 year old to use safely. If she doesn’t use this for food prep, she will use the child-sized wooden table nearby. Quite often I may leave something on top of the trolley for her to help me prepare, such as chopping some fruit or vegetables. On the shelves are ceramic plates and bowls, cutlery (for my 18 month old to use), folded up placemats, blue cleaning cloths and matching cleaning mitts and a hand towel.
On the bench top we keep a wooden chopping board and an enamel compost bin. I put a non-slip mat under the chopping board to stop it from moving on the tiles.
Utensils that my 3.5 year old uses. Even though she has been using the orange kiddicutter and another food knife, she has now gone back to using the crinkle cutter seen in the photo with the red handle as she finds this one the easiest to use cutting certain foods like apple or carrot.
On the side of the trolley we have hung up the children’s aprons. The blue apron is toddler-size and the pink apron is child-size.
On the other side of the trolley is a place to put a hand towel for my children to use.
Our children’s baking supplies are kept in a cupboard in the kitchen.
Our new water drinking station, coasters on the left and stainless steel cups on the right. We had our ceramic water purifier for my 3.5 year old to use, but she had to use a step stool to use it and it is too large and too heavy to put onto this small table. Both of my children are able to use this water purifier and get a drink when ever they are thirsty.
Links to my previous kitchen and cleaning spaces:
Update: 3rd June 2016
Our current drinking station set up.