To do: Replace plastic kitchen items with glass or ceramic
Time: 10 minutes to have a conversation
Materials: Glass cups, plates, bowls
Today, we’d like to investigate exactly what your child’s mealtime tools are made of!
Quite literally though, as you look around your kitchen, what material makes up the majority of your child’s cups, bowls, and utensils? Perhaps plastic, or glass, ceramic, or metal.
Today, we’d like to inspire your family to rethink the materials you use every day. We’d like to make the case for breakable and natural materials in your kitchen.
Our first inclination for young children is to use durable materials that won’t break, like plastic cups. But, what can your child learn about this material? “If I throw this on the ground, nothing will happen and mom or dad will pick it up.”
But, when using glass, your child will intuitively feel the weight and heft of the object. By watching how you walk and handle glass, your child will understand too that this material is breakable! And, if they decide to experiment, they will quickly learn that glass is breakable.
Activity: Incorporate Glass into your Kitchen
Start by replacing your child’s plastic cups with glass or ceramic. Make a ‘show’ out of handling these with care!
“Wow, this glass is smooth and feels good in my hands! This is how I carry this glass cup, with two hands and walking very very slowly to my spot at the table. Now it’s your turn! How do you hold this cup?”
Next, ask your child what other glass objects they could use. Make it a big deal, like a new responsibility they are old enough and wise enough to handle. You can also compare to an older sibling or yourself. “You are using the same type of plate I’m using now!”
Finally, reevaluate every so often to see how your child is doing with their new tools. Keep adding natural materials to their environment, and look for new ways for your child to be independent and successful!
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