Are you looking for a way to incorporate more independence in your home? Try creating a simple shelf that contains some basics for your child.
* Cloths for spills and also to serve as napkins (they can then learn the complete cycle of washing/folding/using!)
* child size glasses- IKEA has great ones that are $2.99 for a pack of 6. Yes, they are glass, but your child will learn control of movement and care of fragile objects. If you aren't quite ready for glass- I LOVE little enamelware cups- we used these with our son before the glasses (found on Amazon)
* Pitcher- again- IKEA has this great latte steamer pitcher that is great for serving water, but a simple little creamer pitcher works also. Check out your local thrift store for a sweet little find for not lots of money!
* Child size plates and utensils-- we have the ones from IKEA, and we also LOVE the appetizer plates from Crate and Barrel
* Container that your child can open- we have used a few different ones and this seems pretty sturdy. We don't leave this out all the time, because we try to focus on healthy food choices. Place a small bowl of fresh fruit on the tray, or even better--- involve your child in snack prep by chopping veggies or washing fruits in a child size colander.
You don't have to spend tons of money to create a similar set-up for your child. Again- there will be spills and crumbs! We have a little area set up with a bucket and sponge for wet spills, and a small handheld broom/dustpan and a Hokie push vac.
"We must give the child an environment that he can utilize by himself" -Maria Montessori
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