Our play kitchen is one of the most utlised pieces we’ve ever bought for Miss 5 and Miss 2. But, it is ALWAYS a mess. They take things out, move them around, throw them on the floor and occasionally role play.
So, I decided to join others before me by reorganising it and creating it into an actual work place and storage area for them, with the idea that they can carry out independent tasks and contribute to the family, whilst learning practical life skills.
I decluttered (of course!!) the play kitchen and removed all toys and pretend play – e.g. felt food, play plates and bowls, cookware (except the pottery tea set, it’s perfect for them to access for tea parties and teddy bear picnics!). Then the best bit, restocking and organising it!! And, it has been a hit! Miss 5, woke in the morning, and loved it: ''thank you mama, I love you for doing this for me!" and told her sister to say thank you to me.
I still let play happen at the kitchen, splashing and swirling water, as the sensory experience engrosses them for often long periods! The next addition I’d like to make is adding access to water at all times to be able to drink and add to the sink to wash up. Montessori in Real Life features a great idea for this!
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