Shelling Peas:Montessori Inspired Practical Life Activity

You may already have noticed that I am super impressed with Montessori’s practical life concepts and we are trying to incorporate a lot of them in our daily life. Practical Life Activities are those from which a child would learn how to survive in this real world. The aim of these activities is to achieve coordination of movements and become independent and can survive in this society.

There are a ton of activities we can do with toddlers in our kitchen in a safe manner. Children from age 1-4 are very curious in participating in such activities and daily life chores. Shelling Peas is one of the simplest to set up yet very engaging practical life activity. The first time I introduced Mr.S to this activity, he was busy for almost 30 mins.  It is surprising how these little tots can concentrate well when some work interests them.


How to set up and demonstrate this activity?

  • Have a bowl containing pea pods in a tray
  • Set up two empty bowls (one for the peas and other for skin)
  • Peel one pea and separate it from the pod. Place peas in a bowl and skin on the other.
  • Invite the child to explore.

Sanjay wanted to try peeling peas by himself hence I could not demonstrate this work to him. I let him explore and try. To my wonderment, he could devise his own method of peeling. Do check out the video below where he is enjoying this simple practical life work.

What does your child learn from this activity?

  • Concentration
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Fine motor skills
  • Sensorial exploration of handling the peas
  • Self-confidence – as they get to do something which momma does.

Looking for some more practical life activities? Check out the link below.

Practical Life Activity

Which practical life activities does your toddler enjoy? Do share in comments below!


All activities on this blog are to be supervised by an adult.

Have a blessed day!



“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself.” The Absorbent Mind


  • neha May 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

    That’s really good girl is equally interested in this one..she loves it when I bring veggies with me.

    • srividya May 7, 2019 at 7:15 pm



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