food prep with your child supports the ideals that Montessori encourages. Children have a natural desire for independence and an inspiration to do what you do.
cooking is something that we do everyday and children are most happy to be part of that experience and that responsibility of feeding the family.
Since pizza is one of ak's fave's he is naturally excited to be a part of making it.
While we were eating it, he was constantly saying, "i made that pizza dad. I made it with mama. you like it dad? its good!"
It's also very sensory. smell, touch, tasting, seeing. the more senses involved in children at this age the deeper the learning.
learning by doing is a philosophy that not only works for playing drums, or the primary classroom but is the same for young toddlers. preparing a meal with your toddler gives a lot of opportunities to enrich their vocabulary. they deepen their understanding better than just telling them or just presenting it to them in a book. Imagine trying to learn how to play the drums that way, by looking at pictures in a book.
it also lends itself to both gross motor (carrying the ingredients to the table) and fine motor (separating pepperoni) practice.