The Worried Cheese – Preparing snacks at 21 months

Montessori practical life activities for toddlers - preparing meals - An Everyday StoryOh no Mummy, these cheese are very worried. Look at their mouths!’

Why do you think they might be worried?’

I think they are worried because we are going to eat them.’

Jack has a sweet little wooden puzzle. With each piece you can dress a little teddy bear as well as change his facial expressions. One piece has the bear with a squiggly line for a mouth. Jack decided this was his worried face.

Over the last few months Sarah (21 mths) has been helping out more and more around the house. She really enjoys making her breakfast in the mornings as well as helping chop fruit for morning tea. ‘I do it. I do it!’ she says, eagerly getting out everything she needs and popping it up on the bench.

Montessori practical life activities for toddlers - preparing meals - An Everyday StoryOn this day Sarah had been helping me prepare morning tea with her little crinkle cutter. Who ever said children have short attention spans has obviously never seen a child learning to chop.

After considerable patience and effort we had a beautifully-imperfect morning tea as well as one happy and very proud little toddler.

The poor cheese though, with its crinkly squiggly faces, its worried faces, piled up on our plates ready to be eaten…..and mmmm it was delicious.


*I bought Sarah’s little cutter locally. It is the same as Otis’ cutter. Otis is the same age as Sarah. His mum, Kylie, is a very good friend of mine. She has a beautifully inspiring Montessori blog. Pop on over and say hi.

22 Replies to “The Worried Cheese – Preparing snacks at 21 months”

  1. So sweet! “Eat?”

    1. I know right?! Cheeky monkey eats more than she actually puts on the plate, I think πŸ™‚

  2. What a lovely video, she’s just gorgeous! I’ve thought about getting a crinkle cutter for my two to use. I’ve noticed before you have one for Jack with a handle, and wondered which one might be best for my 26 month-olds – one with a handle or one like Sarah is using here? A normal knife (a blunt one) just slip-slides all over the place and even when they get some purchase it’s difficult for them to keep a grip on the knife as they push it down! πŸ™‚

    1. I really like Jack’s one because it lets him practise the cutting motion (with one hand on the handle and the helper hand on top) without any risk of him cutting himself. I think I would probably start with a push down cutter for your little ones. While the handle one is very good, you still need to have a fairly steady hand or the food will slip out. Sarah’s one was only $6 from a specialty kitchen store so very affordable.

      1. Thanks, Kate. Your video has started something here – every morning my twins want to “see Sarah chopping on the pooter!”

        1. That is toooo cute πŸ˜€ Well I can understand why, she is pretty darn adorable πŸ™‚

  3. She is the cutest! I could eat her up!

    1. Isn’t she just. I love her little chatting and how she oh so cheekily wants to eat all the food! πŸ™‚

  4. Adorable! We make prepping snack an every day part of our week. Lovely post. So happy to be connecting with you.

    1. Me too Marnie πŸ™‚ I really do find that things flow much more easily when I let the kids help out. They love it too.

  5. Loved the video! You and Kylie are my two most very favourite inspirational Montessori/Reggio bloggers. Makes me want to pack up and move closer to you guys!

    1. You should hehe πŸ˜€ Isn’t the video just the sweetest thing? When I was filming her I just kept smiling because she was just being too darn cute!

  6. Lovely video Kate! Love the chatter and especially how you can see her mathematical mind working when she puts the raspberries, compares both plates and adds more…”more berries”.

    “I did it!”. Yes, you did it Sarah!

    1. Isn’t she just too sweet! I loved when she went for more berries too.

  7. Jenny reed says:

    Can I ask where you bought the cutter from in Canberra as I live here and would love to get one for my son.

    1. I bought it from the kitchen store at the Belconnen markets (the one in the back corner) I think it was about $7 and they had to order it in for me. It’s made by Joie

  8. I was looking through your archives (my son is 21 months old now) and just must comment on this one. She is just so cute! And I think she really loves blueberries πŸ™‚
    Really put a smile on my face when she tries to eat everything.

    And just as a general comment, I love your blog. Thanks for sharing so many lovely ideas.

    1. Isn’t it just the sweetest! I hadn’t watched it in a while so thanks for reminding me πŸ™‚ Really made me smile again.

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