Not everyone is able to do every aspect of Montessori at home, but you can definitely get kids cooking recipes the Montessori way! It isn’t as hard as you might think. Getting in the kitchen with kids can be fun or it can be stressful. Step away from the “just stirring” routine and get them to gain their independence to cook safely and on their own!
How to Teach Kids to Cook
There are so many skills that we have learned throughout the years and don’t even realize it. The truth is, our children have to learn them, too. The sooner they begin, the better. Why? Because these practical life skills are essential for survival and not only that, they foster independence, self-sufficiency and a healthy self-esteem.
Here are some of the many skills children learn best the Montessori way.
- Spreading & Peeling
- Slicing Soft Foods with a Dull Knife
- Cross-Hatch Pattern Cuts
- Measuring Ingredients
- Soaking Dry Beans
- Pouring Skills
- Washing & Tearing Salad
- Working with Dough
- Following a Recipe Well
- Intro to Sharp Knives
- Cracking Eggs
- Making a Recipe Without Help
- Stovetop Safety & Cooking Rice
- Flipping Pancakes
- Rolling Dough
- Browning Ground Meat
- Sharp Knife Skills, Levels 1-4
- Slicing & Dicing Vegetables
- Crushing Garlic
- Cutting Whole Fruits
- Sauteing Vegetables
- Cooking Dry Beans
- Cooking Eggs
- Homemade White Sauce
- Steamed Vegetables
By the way, if you don’t know where to start, there is a great e-course that can help you with that! We have found it very complete and thorough. Learn about it by clicking on the image below.
In this post, we will show you how my children collaborate to cook eggs on their own. I simply followed them to take the pictures. This egg casserole is great for breakfast or for dinner because it is filling.
For this recipe, you will need:
- a cutting board
- a knife
- a pan
- oil for greasing the pan
- a spoon for stirring
- a green bell pepper
- eggs (depending on how many people will eat)
Teaching kids to cook isn’t as hard as you think. You only need 2 cups of love, 1 1/2 cups of passion, a cup of a great plan, a dash of talent, a tablespoon of a goals and 4 cups of patience. Yes, you need patience the most!
Start with a short list of 3-5 recipes kids can cook and work your way through them until your children master them and can make them on their own, beginning to end. Our recipe started with my oldest gathering fresh eggs from our hens in our backyard.
Fresh eggs do not need to be refrigerated, if they aren’t rinsed off right away. So we keep ours on the kitchen counter until we’re ready to use them. He chose the number of eggs we were going to eat and rinsed them off well.
We rinse off the egg shells and keep them! We either pulverize them in a coffee grinder to put in our hen’s food as a great source of calcium or we put them in our composter. They help make our vegetable garden grow healthy, strong and produce well.
In the meantime, my youngest was cutting the green bell pepper into small pieces. She’s been practicing cutting for a long time. She can now handle a regular sharp knife. She’s six years old. But we didn’t always let her use it. We started with a knife that could still cut, but didn’t have a sharp point like this one.
Once the eggs were rinsed off, my son then cracked them open (he’s been doing that since he was 2 years old) into a bowl and used a whisk to mix the egg whites with the yolks. He then added some Himalayan salt as a seasoning.
Easy Cooking Recipe for Kids
A variety of egg dishes are definitely easy recipes for kids to cook since they are young. This one is no different. Sometimes, one of my children will make eggs on their own, but this time, they collaborated and it worked out great.
My son turned on the stove and greased our cast iron pan. When it was warm enough, he poured the egg mix. Then my daughter took over. She used a cooking spoon to cook the eggs. We like the bell peppers crunchy, so she didn’t put them in until the eggs were almost cooked through.
And the eggs are done! Season with ground pepper, cilantro or even avocado and salsa, if you want. Enjoy! The important thing here is that you are giving your children all the tools they need to make a meal. Watching children cooking recipes through is such a wonderful feeling for them AND you!
Thank you for checking out our Get Kids Cooking Recipes the Montessori Way post! If you are interested in teaching your kids to cook the right way, but don’t know where to start, click on the image below to find out more about an ecourse you can do with your kids! It walks you through it all, beginning to end.
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- Practical Life Dressing Frames Handwriting and Activities
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