Now that Sarah is well and truly walking (more often, running!) around she is starting to show an interest in routines. She watches me and Jack so carefully and then copies what we do; the other day Sarah took a placemat out of the kitchen drawer, put it up onto the dining table and then said ‘Um’ (food), up’.
At 14 months, Jack wasn’t walking and so didn’t have a shelf of his own in the kitchen, but I think Sarah is ready. It’s very simple; cutlery, a plate, her placemat and cleaning basket. We use plastic in our house for Jack however Montessori encourages using glass and crockery. I think it is important to understand the intent behind the principle, consider your child and their needs and make the best decision for your family.
Also we don’t have a lot of spare cash and so prefer to make do with what we have. It’s not as beautiful as some other Montessori-inspired spaces I’ve seen, but it’s simple and functional and it works for Sarah.
Sarah is enjoying having access to her plate and cutlery. If we use simple language, ‘Sarah, can you get your plate please?‘, she will happily get it out and hand it to me.
She also enjoys standing in the Learning Tower and I’ve started to include her more in what I am doing. Like this simple little snack, once I take the peel off, Sarah enjoys pulling the segments and sometimes putting them in the bowl, but mostly just eating them.
I made her this sweet little apron, never too young for an apron I say. Now she is all set. I had intended on using elastic around the neck but didn’t have any small enough. This sure is one teeny tiny apron.
I mostly copied the pattern from Jack’s apron, taking it in at the sides and making it shorter. There is a single strap at the back so when she gets a little more dextrous she can do the apron up herself. Sarah is able to put it over her head at the moment and I do it up.
I do enjoy sewing but I am not a great seamstress by any stretch. I think this is definitely a project that beginners could tackle. If you have an apron already, grab some butcher’s paper and trace around it, adding a little bit for a seam allowance. If you don’t have an apron, just draw an apron-like shape onto the paper and put it up against your little chef. It’s simply two panels stitched together, can’t go much wrong with that. Have a go. Every little chef needs an apron!