Get Montessori tips in your inbox
Get Montessori tips in your inbox

Practical Life Activities: Making a Smoothie with a Toddler

When we do a kitchen activity, like making a smoothie with a toddler, we introduce them to new language. We are exposing them to the words for the ingredients and the equipment we use. And, we are exposing them to the names of concepts, such as measuring, pouring, mixing — and inevitably, wiping up spills.

Watch the video below for a toddler-friendly smoothie recipe and tips on preparing the environment for your child to help make the smoothie. 

Materials Needed:

  • strawberries
  • yogurt
  • orange juice
  • ice cubes
  • bananas

Equipment Needed

  • blender
  • child-sized pitcher (helpful for enabling child to pour)
  • spoon or small rubber spatula
  • small containers for mise en place*

*Mise en place means “everything in its place”. It’s a french cooking term and it aligns nicely with the Montessori approach to the adults role of preparing the environment.

With everything in its place before you begin a kitchen activity, a child can independently add ingredients together.

As your child’s attention span grows and their ability to carry out multiple steps increases with practice, you can do less setting up and include them in more of the process. For example, retrieving strawberries from a container, washing them, and removing the stems will add another level of detail to making a smoothie. 

More practical life activities

Share story

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

This promotion expires on JANUARY 31, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. Offer available on a first-time order of a Monti Kids subscriptions. Subscription renewals will be billed at the regular price of $297 every three months. You may sign up online at by entering the JAN50 promotion code to take advantage of this offer. Offer is not redeemable for cash or credit. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Offer does not include any applicable taxes. Offer cannot be used for Gift Certificates, Shelf, or Tent purchases. Monti Kids reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time.

* Free shipping applies to contiguous United States only.