Peeling Orange-Montessori Inspired Practical Life Activity

Maria Montessori’s concept is simple to implement yet so effective. As I learn more about Montessori principles each day I am inspired to implement it in daily life. Practical Life work is one of the most important aspects of the Montessori method. It helps in concentration, coordination, dexterity, and independence. Peeling Oranges with the little fingers are such a great practical life activity for Toddlers. Besides being a practical life work, peeling orange is excellent for fine motor skills and sensorial exploration. The smell of this great citrus fruit is heavenly and so distinguished that a toddler can easily identify this smell after eating it a few times.

The experience of peeling oranges is very stimulating to their senses as they work hard to enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Few requirements for this simple activity include:

  1. Choose soft oranges which can be easily peeled by toddlers.
  2. Choose Seedless variety of oranges as it would be too hard for the little ones to deseed and eat. Moreover, seeds are very tempting and would surely be an element of exploration for the little brains.

 My son loves to peel oranges by himself during snack time.It gives me a 10 mins breather to cook some dinner while he is busy with the peeling work.

How to present this activity to a Toddler?

This is a simple practical life work; however, we need to demonstrate the same to a toddler before they are completely independent to do this work and prepare a healthy snack for themselves.

  1. Take 2 empty bowls/plate – one for the peel and other for orange slices.
  2.  Keep the oranges and the bowls on a tray/plate.
  3. Make the first incision starting point on the orange and then peel the skin slowly so that the child can observe how exactly it is done.
  4. Once you have demonstrated this, allow the child to explore the work.

For young toddlers, always peel a bit as a starting point to help them as they learn. Initial few times there would be a lot of mess, especially since this is a juicy fruit. Do not refrain from teaching this important skill worrying about the mess as it’s just part of the learning process. Showing them how to clean the mess is another great practical life work!

Watch my 18-month-old son peeling oranges in this video.

 

Does your toddler enjoy such simple practical life work? You might also be interested in below posts.

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What other work does your toddler enjoy? Do share in comments below!

Cheers
Sri

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