Monday, 27 October 2014

Montessori Inspired Food Unit

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that food is a big deal in our house.

I love to cook (most days) and the Hubby and all our boys love to eat- a perfect situation, really!

We have a lot of toys relating to food and it seemed only fitting - as I was rotating through our toys - to make a food-based unit.

I gave the playroom a bit of a reshuffle. I moved the Ikea kitchen more central to make it the focus and flipped our shelves sideways- firstly, so they'd fit and secondly, it looked a bit more 'supermarkety' to me.
I used the shelves to display our toy foods (most of which are from the Duktig series from Ikea), our cash register, some stacking cups, a money box and hammer toy.
These Duktig fruits and vegetables are adorable...
The 'putting the coins into the moneybox' activity was a real hit.

This unit prompted a lot of tea parties...
Rohan makes the cutest pouring noises!
Keeping with his love of matching things to their cards, I printed and laminated some fruit and vegetable cards to go with the items we had.
I also collected all of the books we have that feature food. Our favourites are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. 

The two puzzles we have that feature food actually only have junk food. They were very popular!
The colour-matching Popsicle activity featured here was a favourite and is great for fine-motor skills development...

Other practical life activities included threading - this one is toothpicks into a shaker container...
and this one is threading shoelaces...
We also had our trusty pouring - water this time...
And the pizza making station was very popular! I just kept an old pizza box (this is a kids size from Pizza Capers) and cut a circle of felt for the base and a variety of felt shapes for the toppings plus a playdough roller cutter.
All the boys love choosing their toppings or taking orders and delivering the pizza requested - such a fun game that you can add money and making change to depending on the child's age.
Our sensorial activities were these sound cylinders...
scent bottles that I'll blog about soon...
and a super-cute Icecream-cart playdough kit that I found at the supermarket. It even came with 'whipped' dough for the cream on top.
In Montessori categories our activities were...
Playing with toy Australian money
Playing shopping with the cash register

Fruit and vegetable match cards
Books about food

Practical Life
Money box with coins
Play kitchen
Play shopping
Tea parties
Threading sticks
Threading laces

Playdough food
Scent bottles
Sound cylinders

Fruits vs Vegetables

Do your kids love to play with food?


  1. I love this post! I am trying to get my 2 and a half year old more into food at the moment. He is a huge fuss pot! Did you make those fruit and veg cards yourself or did you find them somewhere on the inter webs to print off?

    1. Hi Karin,
      Most of the cards are these from The Helpful Garden... I made a few more that we had which weren't it that collection. I've also glued them to coloured paper before laminating them.
      Good luck with your fuss pot! I've read a lot about children instinctively knowing what and how much they need to eat, so try not to worry too much. I just keep dishing them up the same things again and again until they take a bite.
      Sarah : )

    2. Thanks Sarah. I will head over to The Helpful Garden and check out those cards now.

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