Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Montessori Practical Life at Home: Using Tools in the Kitchen to Make Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Look for Ways to Use Various Tools in the Kitchen

This Recipe Uses Your Brown Bananas AND Employs 3 Tools

Develops Hand Strength, Dexterity and Results in Yummy Snack

When I ran my small in-home Montessori school many years ago we made banana bread and pancakes a lot.  Although my daughter doesn't remember it, I'm sure it contributed to her skill and knowledge in the kitchen today, as a teen.  If you can find a complicated recipe that involves many steps and at least a couple of tools, you can a) involve more than one helper, and b) employ more than one tool.  The Moosewood Cookbook (see below) banana bread recipe was plenty complicated, and delicious!  But back to today's recipe:  Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Kids Love the First Step:  Mashing

I think this book is out of print, but let me know in the comments if you'd like the recipe.
The potato masher requires a sort of cave man grip.

For Whisking Teach Them to Hold the Bowl with One Hand

A whisk is held in a different way (sorry I couldn't hold it and take photos at the same time!).

Using a Manual Hand Mixer is Fun

And using this hand mixer uses both hands.

I ran out of hands to use the mixer AND photograph, so here's a video clip of my husband helping.  It's actually really hard to use this mixer once you add the flour!

Scooping and Arranging the Dough

This could become a lesson in math I guess?  Multiplication.

And once you start eating the cookies, it's a lesson in subtraction!

If you'd like to read more about activities that can develop hand strength and dexterity, here is just one example of an article with ideas.

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