Occasionally, spills are bound to happen when working in the kitchen, even with adults. Try to stay calm and reassuring by keeping a sponge handy (cut a regular size sponge in half to create a child size sponge) for cleaning up liquids and a child size whisk broom with a dust pan for cleaning up dry ingredients.
In the toddler and primary Montessori Tides classroom cleaning is one of the first skills that children learn. Spills, accidents, or mistakes are taken in stride and children quickly learn the art of cleaning up after themselves.
Maria Montessori found a child’s character is constructed by activity and work during the period from three to six. During this stage of development, children need and want many opportunities to practice refining their skills in daily home life. When you provide these opportunities in your home, they are not only learning basic self-care skills they are building so much more, such as their confidence, self-esteem, independence, concentration, and problem solving skills.
Little Pizzas Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 1 Standard whole wheat- sized bagel, cut in half
- tomato sauce
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- toppings like diced ham, pepperoni, green peppers, chopped onion, or mushrooms (whatever you like)
- fresh seasonings like oregano, basil, and pepper
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Spread tomato sauce on each bagel. A child as young as eighteen months of age can participate in spreading tomato sauce using a child size spreader. Make sure tomato sauce is on each side of the bagel. Perhaps, the sauce will be in a variety of thickness, but remember it is the process that is important, not the end product.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese all over the tomato sauce on each half. Children as young as 18 months enjoy sprinkling grated cheese on their pizza. For older children, allow them to enjoy using a child size cheese grater, making their very own shredded cheese. In the Montessori Tides classroom these activities are put on trays to help define the workspace and make it easier for the child to carry. You may want to consider this for home as well. Once again, a child size table comes in handy for these activities.
- Add your very own toppings. Children can cut their own toppings using a plastic knife. Point out the handle which is for holding and point out the serrated edge which is for cutting. It is helpful to cut soft fruit or vegetables in half lengthwise. Place the flat side on cutting board preventing items from rolling around while the child is trying to cut.
- Put a light sprinkle of seasoning on each half.
- Place bagel halves on baking sheet.
- Bake in oven on low heat for about 5-8 minutes. You will know when they’re done the cheese is bubbly.
Have fun with this recipe. Most assuredly, children of all ages enjoy creating their very own edible masterpiece!
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