🍳Practical Life: Scrambling Eggs 🍳
At 20 months old, my daughter has gotten a lot better at pouring, whisking, stirring, and, well, just following directions in general. After a great deal of observation and thought, I decided it was time to let her try cooking a simple dish that she’s watched me do dozens of times- scrambled eggs.
First, I cracked the egg, measured out some almond milk, and set everything up for her. Then I stood right by her side, only there to ensure safety, give directions, and intervene as necessary. I was pretty darn nervous, I have to say, but I forced myself to trust her. I was absolutely amazed at how careful she was. She didn’t spill anything, she cautiously avoided touching the hot pan and raw egg, and she even sprinkled in a perfectly reasonable amount of black pepper. She focused hard and went into that intense concentration mode that is the goal of Montessori learning.
I couldn’t believe it. I had to remind her of the steps to take, but I never had to intervene at all; she did perfectly! She even asked to add ham and cheese like she’s seen me do so many times. 😍 She looooves to sprinkle (and sample) shredded cheese. She was so proud of her breakfast scramble, and she ate nearly every bite!
DISCLAIMER: I never let her do things like this without my direct supervision, nor should you with your child!!!! She has been using the learning tower during meal prep with me for several months now; she knows the stove is hot and dangerous and that raw eggs are unsafe to eat. We’ve been practicing and working on these skills for a long time. Please observe your child and make sure they are ready before giving something like this a go!