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Montessori Activities: Cooking/Food Prep


Prep time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Medium

Estimated Cost: Home-based objects

Mess level: Medium


  • Easy to handle utensils – think soup spoons, spice scoops, or large teaspoons/butter knives without teeth / tea-bag strainers

  • Dishes with compartments

  • Cutting mats or boards

  • Bowls

  • Child size tumblers

  • Citrus juicer

  • Jugs

  • Trays

  • Dried beans and peas

  • Small sponges (or cut a larger sponge in half)


  • Pouring beans from a jug into a bowl, and back again

  • Spooning beans from a bowl to a bowl

  • Sorting different sized beans into different compartments

  • Pouring water from jug to jug

  • Sieving beans out of sand using a tea strainer

  • Cutting a peeled banana

  • Cutting a slice of buttered bread

  • Squeezing an orange for orange juice

Tips/To keep in mind:

  • Spills and spillages are very normal for this age group and can extend onto practicing cleaning and mopping up.

  • Your child may try something once and not be keen to repeat it, in which case it’s best to just shelve it for another day.

  • Alternatively, they may practice an activity many times and you’ll see them highly engaged.

  • If you can bear it, only intervene when absolutely necessary – this will help to build concentration.

  • The more meaningful the activity, the longer it will last – for example, anything they can eat/drink immediately will be a big hit!

  • Use a tray for activities with beans to help them from scattering everywhere and a sponge with any water pouring activity.

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