It can be hard to keep up with all that energy your Montessori pre-school child expends during the summer. With all the activities, games, and general running around, it is important to keep them fueled with healthy snacks. Read on to learn some tips for turning snack time into an activity in itself and for some healthy recipe ideas.
Prep your kitchen
Just like in their Montessori elementary school and pre-school classrooms, you can set up your kitchen to prepare for little helpers. Like the prepared environment of the classroom, you can arrange your kitchen so your preschooler has an accessible work surface, can reach the materials they need and has kid-friendly cooking tools they can use. Before you get to making recipes together, you can also practice using the tools so both you and your child feel confident in their abilities.
These fun summer snack recipes are as tasty as they are artistic, while also offering good practice in fine motor skill development. Watermelon pizza is a refreshing treat that turns regularwatermelon slices into a colorful fruity snack. You can slice other fruits to resemble traditional pizza “toppings” and build pizza after pizza with your preschooler. Fruit or vegetable kebabs are another tasty and engaging snack activity where you can work together to make patterns or groupings of fruits or vegetables based on color, texture, and flavor. Do keep in mind that, depending on your child, you may want to blunt the end of the kebab stick to avoid any injuries.
Farm or garden adventures
For children and adults, it can be an empowering thing to go to where our food comes from and take that food from the farm or garden to your table. Not only can this be a fun family outing, but it can also be an immersive learning experience that connects some of their learning from school to the community around them. Many types of berries are in season during the summer and an afternoon berry picking can turn into a delicious cobbler for dessert. If you have a summer garden, you and your pre-schooler can work together to harvest the ripe vegetables and herbs to make veggie cups: an easy handheld snack with an herby dressing or hummus in a cup topped with a variety of vegetable spears. Though it may sometimes be a challenge to get your kiddo to eat their vegetables, being a part of the growing, harvesting, and preparation of their food might help to change (or at least open) their mind about vegetables.
Hill Point Montessori in West Hills, California offers 3 programs – Primary for Ages 3-6; Lower Elementary for Ages 6-9; and Upper Elementary for Ages 9-12. Montessori education groups students according to their abilities, unlike traditional education where students are grouped by age. This allows students to work together and collaborate throughout their learning journey as they guide each other.