Today, Adrian is exactly 14 months old. I have been asking myself: "How young is too young for a child to be involved in the kitchen?" To answer, we have to determine (1) what does the child like, and (2) what is the skill required? Well, Adrian likes bananas, and peeling a piece is a great simple sensorial activity. So, what about making your own snack?
To facilitate peeling, I have made a small cut through the peel
It is also a great fine-motor exercise, and a good pincer grip practice
An activity that a young child is engaged in is rewarding in itself. When learning how to peel a banana, the joy is in the skin coming off and revealing the banana and the joy of eating the banana.