I have already tried to add more choice to the getting dressed routine so I thought it was about time to give some more alternatives about what he eats.
We just went through a phase of Freddy not eating very much at all (apart from milk) but we seem to be getting back into solid food again now (thank goodness), and what better way to celebrate his new found sense of hunger than with a snack table:
On the snack table there is a bowl containing rice cakes and knäckebröd (Swedish crisp bread), a fruit bowl with oranges and bananas, two jars of different nuts (cashews and hazelnuts) and on the tray is a small jug of water and a glass.
I then add a different 'activity' to the table such as slicing bananas, peeling carrots or scooping seeds depending on what Freddy wants to do. For example, today he brought out the slicer from his cupboard and asked to slice a banana.
The water pouring is always fun for him and he will often pour from the jug to the glass then tip the water back into the jug and start again.
When they feel like they have some power and control over what they do it can really calm them down (as we are discovering at the moment). It’s a step in growing up. Everything isn’t planned for them and making good choices is a skill that children will use for the rest of their lives.
The key to giving children choices is to first decide what choices you will allow them to make, that way any choice that they make is suitable.
Do you have any tips for how to add more choice to your toddler's life?
This post is linked to the wonderful Living Montessori Now site.