Montessori in the Kitchen: 5 healthy snacks that your kids can do on their own

Today, I’m sharing 5 healthy snacks that your children can do, without any adult’s help.

As long as they already master each step and that they have access to all the ingredients, your children should be able to make these snacks on their own.

If you have a toddler or your child is not yet confident in the kitchen, break each recipe into manageable steps.

You can also check this post about what to do with your toddler in the kitchen and this one if you are not sure about what knife your child can use.

These 5 snacks are all gluten-free because we don’t eat gluten in our family. 

It is also easy to make them nut-free by using a nut-free butter. 

One of the snacks is from My Little Sous-Chef cookbook

“My Little Sous-Chef is a tandem cookbook for kids and parents to use together. Our mission is to introduce kids to the magic of cooking with the help of the grown-ups and our two volumes – one for the parents and one for the kids. All the recipes are easy and quick to make so that your little sous-chef won’t get bored or discouraged.”

We have been using this cookbook for a few months now.

The children love it and we have tasted many of the recipes. It would be perfect for a toddler as the kid’s book includes only the steps that a young child can master easily on her own. In the adult’s book, they explain what steps you can ask your toddler to do. 

Watch the video or read the instructions below!

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1. Cucumber sandwich with salmon:

I came up with this idea when I was trying to avoid bread.

Ingredients:

Cucumber, smoked salmon and soft cheese.

Method:

Cut the cucumber into slices. We like to keep the skin and we use the Ikea knife or a crinkle cutter.

Spread soft cheese on each slide.

Add some smoked salmon and finish with a slice of cucumber on top.

2. Mini capresine (from my Little Sous-chef cookbook)

Ingredients:

You will need some cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pieces, and basil. You can add olive oil and salt and pepper too. Some toothpick to make the skewers.

Method:

I prepare three bowls with all the ingredients and my child cut the tomatoes in half then thread each ingredient on a toothpick.

Extra step if you want: Your child can also pick the basil leaves and wash them. Your child can also cut the mozzarella or use mini-mozzarella balls.

3. Ants on a log:

Ingredients:

Celery sticks, nut butter (or nut-free butter), raisins.

Method:

Slice the celery sticks in three. We used a crinkle knife. 

Spread some peanut butter and add some little raisins on top.

4. Apple slices with peanut butter

Ingredients:

Well, it’s super easy! Apple and nut butter of your choice!

And an apple slicer. 

Method:

To use the apple slicer/corer above, it is much easier if you cut the apple in slices first. 

Then your child can cut and core the apple.

Spread some peanut butter of your choice on each apple piece and voila!

5. Apples in a bag

It’s an activity that I love to do with a toddler too.

Ingredients:

Apple pieces and cinnamon.

Method:

Place some apple pieces in a sandwich bag.

Sprinkle some cinnamon in the bag and shake shake shake! 

You can also thread each piece on a toothpick. It’s more fun to eat the pieces that way.

It tastes like apple pie!

 

I hope your child will like these 5 snacks ideas.

Let me know in a comment!

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.

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