How to Create a Montessori Kitchen: Our Tips & Toy Ideas

Did you know that in Montessori education, even the kitchen doubles as a classroom? Forget just pots and pans, we're talking about a space where your little one can whip up independence, stir in some learning, and enjoy the happiness of everyday tasks.

But hey, no need to put on a chef’s hat just yet! First, you’ll need to make sure your kitchen is a safe space for your kiddo. In that light, we've cooked up some simple Montessori kitchen setup guidelines to help you transform any old kitchen into a playground of possibilities.

Mother helping her daughter to wash vegetables while son is watching.

From mastering pancake flipping to learning the art of dishwashing, let's get some Montessori magic into your kitchen and watch your child's confidence rise like a perfectly baked soufflé!

Cooking With Kids - Importance and Benefits

Cooking is more than just mixing ingredients; it's actually a bonding experience between you and your child! As you chop, stir, and taste together, you create cherished moments that will last a lifetime.

But cooking with your children goes beyond the taste buds. It's like a secret classroom where your child can learn early concepts of math and science. From measuring ingredients to watching dough rise, cooking introduces your little one to a world of numbers and wonders.

Siblings baking cookies together in the kitchen.

Now, let's talk about why cooking with kids in a Montessori kitchen is such a good idea. Check out these benefits:

  • Explore with all senses: Sometimes, trying new foods can be scary. But when you cook together, you can use all your senses, not just taste, to get comfortable with new foods. Touching dough, rinsing veggies, and smelling ingredients are all part of the tasty adventure!

  • Cooking = smart skills: Cooking is like a fun school lesson! You can learn math by counting, measuring, and dealing with fractions. Plus, you'll discover how food changes with heat, which is like a cool science experiment!

  • Language learning: Cooking is a great chance to learn new words! Describe how food looks, feels, and tastes as you cook together. Following a recipe is like a game plan for finishing a project!

  • Family fun time: Cooking can bring your family closer together. Start by cooking together, then enjoy your meal as a family. Share family recipes and find new ones to try together!

  • Safety first: Cooking is all about having fun, but it's important to stay safe, too! Teach your child how to use kitchen tools safely and always supervise them. Even toddlers can help out safely in the kitchen!

So, put on your aprons, and let's get cooking! If you give it a thought, it's actually about the fun, learning, and love that goes into every dish.

Little girl sprinkling flour on the kitchen table.

Setting Up the Montessori Kitchen

Transforming your kitchen into a place where your kids can roll up their sleeves and join in the culinary fun is like sprinkling a little magic into your home. Therefore, you should know that some parts of the kitchen have to be adjusted accordingly.

Here's how to kickstart your Montessori kitchen adventure:

1. Tap-turner: Make the kitchen accessible for little hands by adding tap-turners to your faucets. This simple addition allows children to safely control the water flow, even if they can't reach the tap easily.

2. Kid-sized kitchen tools: Equip your kitchen with utensils and tools specially designed for tiny hands (we’ll get to this part a bit later). They don't have to be toys; just ensure they're sized right for your child to grip comfortably.

3. Low kitchen cupboard: Dedicate a cupboard within your child's reach as their very own food prep station. Fill it with utensils and ingredients they can use. This way, your kid will be able to take charge of their kitchen adventures.

Little blonde girl eating Easter candies over the wooden counter.

4. Assign tasks: Start with tiny steps. From loading utensils into the dishwasher to mastering the art of table setting, each age-appropriate task is like a little victory dance for your budding chef.

5. Toddler recipe board: Introduce your child to the world of cooking with a simple recipe board featuring easy-to-follow recipes. Use pictures if they can't read yet, and watch as they whip up delicious snacks like smoothies or sandwiches with newfound independence.

6. Kitchen helper: Make sure your child can reach everything they need with a kitchen helper, a safe and sturdy stool designed to bring them to countertop level. This allows them to assist with tasks like washing dishes, prepping ingredients, and even cooking alongside you.

By creating a Montessori-inspired kitchen, you're nurturing their confidence, independence, and love for wholesome food.

Tips for Parents

We know… cooking with your little one is not a day at the park, but it’s rewarding in so many ways. That’s why we’re here to share some tips to improve your whole experience.

  • Take your time: Cooking with kids is like a fun adventure. Expect it to take longer than usual, but enjoy every moment!

  • Embrace the mess: Cooking can get messy, especially with kids. Don't worry about spills - just have fun and clean up together afterward.

  • Plan ahead: Choose an easy and fun recipe for your child. Make sure you have all the ingredients and tools ready to go.

  • Get ready to get dirty: Dress your child in clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and put on an apron to protect their clothes.

  • Hygiene matters: Teach your child to wash their hands before and after cooking. Use clean spoons for tasting.

  • Talk about the recipe: Explain what you're making and how to do it. Let your child help as much as they can.

  • Learn together: Cooking is a great way to learn! Talk about ingredients and how food is made.

  • Touch and taste: Let your child touch and taste the ingredients. It's fun and helps them learn to try new foods.

  • Age-appropriate tasks: Give your child tasks they can handle. Even little ones can help in the kitchen!

  • Have fun: Cooking should be fun! Relax, laugh, and enjoy making delicious food together. Start with simple recipes and let your child take the lead!

What to Include in Your Kitchen Setup

Setting up your kitchen for cooking with kids is all about making it easy and fun for them to get involved. After all, you don’t want them to be nervous or get angry because they can’t find the right tool.

Little girl holding kitchen tools.

Start by making sure you have child-sized utensils on hand. From spatulas to mixing bowls, having tools that fit their hands will make cooking much easier and more enjoyable for your little chef.

If you’re not sure what to get or where to get it, we’re here to help. Simply check out our Montessori Cooking Tools. This set contains everything one little chef would want. Best of all, everything is super safe, and there’s even a pair of protective gloves for extra protection, just in case.

Additionally, consider stocking up on plenty of other kid-friendly tools and gadgets that they can use to help out. Whisks, measuring cups, and cookie cutters are just a few examples of items that can make cooking with kids a breeze.

Toddler making Christmas cookies.

When it comes to cookware, opt for items that are lightweight and easy for kids to handle. Non-stick pans and baking sheets are ideal for making cooking and cleanup a breeze.

And don't forget about safety - getting that kitchen helper stool can help your child safely reach the countertop and participate in cooking activities at your level.

Lastly, hygiene is quite important to mention as well, and we have something special for you - the Montessori Cleaning Set. Cleaning flour from the floor, piece of cake. Getting bread crumbs from the countertop, easy peasy!

This set is also good for helping your kids get better at doing stuff independently. Not to mention the benefits of cleaning after themselves.


As you create your Montessori kitchen, remember: it's not just about pots and pans - it's about letting your child's love for cooking and learning. With the Montessori cooking tools and other essential utensils, you'll turn meal prep into a delightful adventure.

So, put on your aprons, grab those spatulas, and let the kitchen magic begin! Together, you'll cook up memories that last a lifetime.

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