Thursday, 31 March 2011

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Montessori Activity: Teaching Science to Toddler with Juicing - From Solid to Liquid


Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 30 minutes

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Objective(s):
1. To teach the concept of turning solid to liquid by juicing the fruits into fruit juice.
2. To develop the 5 senses, in particular, taste.
3. To train fine motor skills.

Materials:
1. Fruits such as orange, carrot, apple, ginger, pear.
2. Electric juicer machine

Directions:
1. Show your child how to cut fruits and let him try with a butter knife.

2. Show your child how to juice the fruit into the machine.

3. Point out to your child how the solid fruit enters the hole and comes out as juice (liquid) flowing into the jug.

4. Let your child try the fruit juice.

Additional Information:
J (2Y15D) tried out juicing for the first time on 20.3.2011. It was Daddy who suggested it and he carried out the activity with J, while mommy tried to take picture. J did not like to drink fruit juice, but he really enjoyed this activity and he drank a lot after this session. He said "juice, juice" again the following Saturday, requesting us to repeat the activity. We usually restrict juice intake, as it is not good to have so much sugar, but this is a really fun and bonding activity.

In affluent Asia, households with domestic help are very common, and often activitives such as cooking and washing dishes are considered low class and being left to the maid. Children are raised like princes and princesses and many are not even allowed to enter the kitchen or wash their own cup, which in my opinion is so unfortunate, disgusting and disrespectful to maids. A generation of softies have grown up since my time. Although it can be a lot of work, besides being fun and educational, it is a very cozy and excellent bonding opportunity for the family. The return from rolling up the sleeves for such work is really worth it.

1 comment:

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