Activities: Cooking in a New Kitchen

Since we moved into the new house, I’ve been trying to make things more accessible for the boys – well, more so for Aristotle so that he can be self-sufficient. I have their plates, bowls and cups located on a low shelf so he can get them himself. His snacks are also in a low cupboard so he can get them himself whenever he’s feeling a bit peckish. He has a low stool that he can take around the house if he needs to reach the bathroom sink or kitchen sink.

I’ve been trying to follow the Montessori philosophy of fitting the environment to the child to encourage Aristotle to be more independent. I think the only thing that isn’t friendly are the light switches which are still out of reach even with the stool.

Recently, Aristotle and I baked some Chocolate Chip Cookies in my new kitchen using my new Kitchenaid Mixer. Aristotle did most of the work – I just supervised and stepped in for the more “dangerous” bits like handling the oven. To make it easier for him, I set up everything on one of those IKEA Mammut children’s tables so he could reach everything easily and wasn’t balancing precariously.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the equipment child size. The Kitchenaid is hardly child-friendly because it’s so heavy. Perhaps an alternative might be to use a hand mixer (like the Sunbeam FPSBHS030)?

The other down side to this setup was that Hercules wanted in on the action. Luckily, we were able to hold him off with a peace offering of chocolate chips…

Anyway, here are the cookies he made:

Yes, they are looking a little too brown but that’s my fault. I was multi-tasking in the kitchen and forgot to take them out of the oven. Hopefully, our next batch will turn out better. Aristotle has come a long way since the days when all he did was stick chocolate chips on top of the cookies. I’m looking forward to our next baking session. What should we make next?

About the author

Shen-Li Shen-Li is a stay-home mum to two boys who have been the inspiration for her interest in early childhood development and early child education. She searches for the balance in child development methods and the educational philosophies that will enable the nurture of happy, confident and successful children. She shares her views and findings at Figur8.


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Comments

  1. San – Thanks for the suggestion! Yes Pizzas sound like a great idea. Aristotle loves eating pizzas. Just need to find a good recipe for the base…

  2. Hi Hui-Wearn,

    We ended up making more cookies for the guards and cleaners as a thank you. Unfortunately, Aristotle only wants to make more cookies – blah! Maybe I can convince him to make cupcakes…

  3. Thanks for the advise!

  4. I wish I had one of those Kitchenaid mixers! Bake cupcakes next?

  5. san says:

    The cookies look yummy ShenLi. Myabe you can try some pizzas. I remember seeing it in some montessori blog, I think they did a mini version with tortillas , tomato sauce, veggies and cheese.

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