Toddler Egg Peeling Practical Life + Montessori For Mom Life I Hill Country Homestead Texas
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Entertaining and educating toddlers at home can sometimes leave you scratching your head wondering what to do next. Some Montessori activities can seem a little out of the ordinary at times but incorporating these lessons can give the child a drive and purpose the parent has not noticed before and can introduce an element of peace in the home environment, with practice. Peeling and then later slicing a hard boiled egg is something a very small child can do. I hard boil the eggs in the Instant Pot every couple of days and keep a full supply in the fridge for the children to choose if they would like. The lesson is quick and simple, you may assist with initial cracking until they can achieve it on their own.
Each child will need a dish for discard shells. In a Montessori classroom, they would provide an egg stand, like this one, to hold the egg in the event the child wants to set it down. I didn’t include it in my lesson because it’s not the kind of thing everyone has laying around and I want everyone to be able to do this without ordering special equipment. My kids just set their egg down on the edge of the plate if they need to.
Little by little they WILL get that shell off and it will be a great feeling! I’m always surprised at how well kids enjoy such intricate work. It’s always such a joy to see those little fingers working so hard with such a fine motor activity. There is a lot of sensorial sensation here as well; the egg is cold, the shell is dry, the inner egg is sometimes wet and slippery, the final product of a fully peeled egg is a satisfying thing to hold in the hand. There are a lot of things that can be discussed with the child AFTER the exercise is over. It’s recommended to allow the child to practice the exercise without interruption so that his thoughts can practice staying focused. The final step would be allowing the child to eat the egg, if desired. My kids like a dollop of mustard to dip the egg in, not sure if that’s normal.
In conclusion, this is one of those activities that go under the radar that a very young child can be introduced to. My children have been practicing this Montessori exercise for several weeks now and it is very satisfying to them to provide a snack for themselves. I love it because it takes up the better part of half an hour for them to complete. Mom win!