Maria Montessori, a famous pedagogue, has often stressed the importance of involving children in the kitchen.
In fact, starting from everyday life within the walls of the home, it is possible to let the little ones experiment and act in the home environment, making them participate in the preparation of food. This contributes to the improvement of their hand-eye coordination and the development of motor skills. The Montessori pedagogue has, for this reason, identified some activities to do with the children in the kitchen.
Here are some Montessori activities related to food preparation and recommended by Martina Cartasegna, educator, pedagogist, specialized, through the Montessori National Opera on the Montessori approach of the age groups 0-3 and 3-6 and on the Gordon method linked to music, and by Annalisa Di Blasio, educator and specialized in “Childhood Education” in New York and with experience in the Montessori approach. Both are educators at the “Casa dei Bambini Pavese”.
from 3 years.
- 5 containers,
- 1 tablespoon,
- 1 Teaspoon,
- 1 wooden spoon,
- 1 sieve,
- 1 pitcher,
- 1 cake mold.
- 170 g of flour 00,
- 170 g of sugar you can also use wholemeal sugar,
- 3 heaping tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa (about 40 g),
- 1 small and level teaspoon of baking soda,
- 1 teaspoon of white apple or wine vinegar,
- 250 g of water,
- 6 tablespoons of peanut oil (or your favorite),
- 1/2 vanilla pod seeds.
For the cocoa glaze:
- 120 g of powdered sugar,
- 15 g of bitter cocoa,
- 3-4 tablespoons of hot water,
- 1 teaspoon of peanut oil (optional).
- Grease a 20 cm non-stick pan with a little oil.
- Add the sifted flour, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, salt and baking soda.
- Stir briefly with a wooden spoon.
- Pour the vinegar in the center (it is essential because it activates the baking soda and makes the cake rise), the water, the oil and mix for 1 minute with a wooden spoon. You don’t have to mix for a long time, but just mix the ingredients.
- Static oven function at 180 ° for 35-40 minutes, do not overcook the cake, which must remain slightly moist. Let it cool well and then take it out of the oven.
- Prepare the chocolate glaze. In a bowl, mix the icing sugar with the cocoa with a hand whisk, gradually add 3-4 tablespoons of hot water and oil, mix well until you have a thick glaze to immediately pour on the cake. If it is too liquid, add more icing sugar, if it is too thick, very little water.
- prepare a cake,
- knowledge of quantities,
- knowledge of numbers.
- exercise the temporal succession of actions,
- coordination of movements,
- develop fine motor skills,
- develop attention and concentration.
from 3 years.
- 2 containers,
- 1 blender.
- 200 g of almonds,
- 200 g of raisins.
Optionally, to decorate, you can pass them:
- in a veil of almond flour,
- in melted dark chocolate,
- in coconut flour,
- in chopped pistachios.
- Chop everything together with a powerful blender, a handful at a time.
- With the dough, which will be rather sticky, make large balls by hand to taste (try to wet your hands before taking the dough).
- Decorate them by rolling them in coconut, almond or other flour.
- development of fine motor skills,
- development of attention,
- approach to measures.