Boxed Grater

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Gross motor movements = great grated ingredients!

The Boxed Grater is a fantastic addition to your child's Montessori Kitchen, or for your shelf of Practical Life or gross-motor activities. 

This tool allows a child to deliver a larger volume of grated ingredients, ensuring that he or she can be actively and successfully involved in the cooking experience. 
The clear box beneath the grater ensures that the food is effectively captured and contained. This minimises mess and maximises hygiene!
The Boxed Grater also comes with 4 different grater plates so that it can be used for different types of food preparation. 
Working effectively with the Boxed Grater requires a unique balance of strength and control. The child must learn to apply a firm but flexible level of pressure to make the food slide smoothly back and forth along the blades of the grater.
This makes the perfect 'gross-motor' accompaniment to the smaller standing graters, which involve a greater emphasis on fine motor movements. It is therefore ideal for younger children, as motor development tends to progress from 'global' to 'local' coordination, or for those older children who either greatly enjoy large movements or who may need a bit of encouragement to build muscle-tone. It can be very tempting as adults to focus on the importance of fine motor control, particularly in relation to writing, but don't forget that the wrist and arm are also involved in the writing process too. Precision movement of the pincer fingers is fantastic, but a lack of muscle-tone in the surrounding hand and arm can cause early fatigue when writing! If you know your child, or one of your students, has a precise pencil grip but seems to tire quickly of writing or drawing then perhaps it is time to incorporate some more gross motor experiences into your home or classroom environment. 
This is also a great opportunity for children to experiment with hand-dominance. Both the left and right hand will need to be simultaneously involved in this task, but for different aspects; one to hold the box steady and the other to manipulate the food along the grater. By trying both tasks with each hand, and swapping back and forth, your child may become more attuned to which side feels more controlled and comfortable. 
In my own classroom we use one Boxed Grater for food preparation and another for soap! This might sound a little strange but it's actually a really effective and highly enjoyable exercise. The children use a full bar of soap and run it along the grater, turning it into small soap 'shavings'. These shavings can then be used in a range of activities, such as washing in our little hand-operated camping washer or simply for making bubbles! Making bubbles encourages the use of other utensils such as basters for transferring water and whisks for mixing the water and soap together.
I also really enjoy the cooperation that occurs when the 'soap' activity gets started. It often results in a group of children working together on the different 'stations'; one to grate the soap, one to fetch the water, one to whisk the bubbles and so on!
One recent example of our soap grating activity occurred when one of the children noticed that our art placemats were a little dirty. So the grating, whisking and scrubbing began...