A couple of days ago, I posted our Montessori Kitchen setup and the strategy I used to make the essential items accessible to our children.
The strategy might be different from others, but the concept and principle is the same.
Since I was browsing around for inspiration when I was thinking about our own Montessori kitchen strategy, I thought I would include a handy-dandy roundup for your reference.
Here are what worked for other families
How We Montessori — Kylie’s Montessori kitchen setup for her two sons is extremely comprehensive yet so clean, simple, beautiful and functional. Her kitchen setup has evolved over time to accommodate the needs of her growing children.
Montessori on the Double — Stephanie shows her Montessori kitchen setup for her twins. Double does not mean trouble when everything is set up so her twins can be independent. She even has a video of how her 22-month old twins made smoothies in the kitchen.
Joyful Abode — Emily upcycled a mini refrigerator for her children. Her children’s cupboard are wonderfully clean and simple, yet functional. She has a couple of videos showing her daughter getting snacks and getting some water from the dispenser.
Child Led Life — Marie shows you that having a milk pitcher broken doesn’t deter her from continuing to place kitchen equipment accessible for her children. She can ask her kids to get their own drink or snacks now, and I bet her kids don’t break anymore pitchers now after lots of practice!
Elternvom Mars — This site is in German, but the beautiful pictures speak a thousand words. You can also see pictures of a low drawer filled with child-sized plates, cups and cutlery, and also labeled waste bins here.
The Montessori Child at Home — Cynthia shows how she upcycled a salvaged kitchen counter to create a little kitchen space for her child, complete with knobs on the side to hang a dustpan and duster.
At Home with Montessori — I love how this mom created a little shelf with a back board where she hangs all of her child’s kitchen tools. I imagine being able to see everything in clear sight inspires her child to work more in the kitchen!
Study at Home Mama — Jennifer proves that you can throw together kitchen accessibility for your kids in five minutes! This small little nook still serves its purpose of allowing her daughter and daycare children to set the table, and is better than nothing.
Racheous Lovable Learning — Rachel shows her simple Montessori kitchen setup and even gives you tips on how to create a Montessori kitchen in your home.
Married to the Farm — Jena wrote a wonderful detailed post about her Montessori kitchen setup with links to all of the various things she uses so her readers know where to find them.
An Everyday Story — Kate wrote about setting up a Montessori kitchen for a special needs child. I love how she observed her child, went against convention, and freed her child from frustration by switching from glass to plastic. It truly goes to show that Montessori looks different for every family, every season of life. She also wrote about her pantry and refrigerator setup here.
Montessori on a Budget — Kimberly shows how she organizes her childrens’ snacks and all of the child-sized tools that her children uses.
Our Montessori Life — Beth wrote about transforming an inexpensive Ikea kitchen play set into a real kitchen experience for her 11-month old.
Ever Clever Mom — Carly wrote a detailed post about her first attempt at a Montessori kitchen, and then a redesign six months later when she’s had time to discover what works and what doesn’t. I noticed that we have the same little Chinese bowl (such good taste).
Life in a Pink House — Coedith wrote about why her first setup didn’t quite work for her toddler and how she moved things around.
Happy Little Munchkins — Lauzi wrote about creating a food preparation area, drink station and utensils and kitchen equipment.
Every Star is Different — Renae kitchen transformation to accommodate her children cost nothing, yet fully functional and accessible to her children. She rearranged her refrigerator, and she has a simple kitchen sink setup so that each child can wash their own dishes after meals.
Clean and Simple Family — This mom extends her children’s Montessori education to the home with a dedicated child’s kitchen cupboard.
For This Season — Becky has several cupboards and drawers dedicated to housing her children’s utensils, dishes, cups and other kitchen things.
Peaceful Parenting — Jen dedicated several drawers and a cupboard to house her son’s kitchen things.
Whining is Closed — Alison lists four things she did to transform her kitchen’s accessibility for her children.
Natural Beach Living — Kim uses beautiful furniture made by Elves & Angels to create a independent kitchen station for her toddler. She reminds us that she’s not striving for perfection, just teaching her toddler independence. This is an important part of Montessori — the process counts, the results are a side bonus.
Montessori Method — Kevin converted an Ikea play kitchen into a functional kid’s kitchen. I have seen these hacks done before, but Kevin’s idea for a functioning faucet is simple, brilliant and requires very little DIY carpentry work.
If you have a Montessori kitchen setup that I missed, please let me know in the comments so I can add!