Hi there! I feel the need to say: I love Montessori. A lot. Shocking, I know. I feel like I should explain what it is and do a basic post about it, and I will soon (mostly to share the amazing resources out there), but this isn't going to be that type of post. This post is going to be more of a follow up to the one I wrote about helping toddlers do 'it' themselves. It is going to show case Montessori inspired activities for toddlers, specifically practical life activities that we have been working on this week.
Wallets, and locks and belts, oh my!
These activities are all straight forward - put the key in the lock, lacing with a belt, and of course, my wallet.
One of my son's absolutely favourite activities is taking my wallet, zipping and unzipping it, removing the cards, putting them back in, etc. A few months ago, I simply cleaned it out, leaving only necessary cards, and every now and again, I let him play with some old cards that I am able to quickly swap out. I love this activity for fine motor skills and the practical life components. I've been looking for one to buy for him for a while now though.
Water transferring to two cups
This is something we are really working on. My son does fairly well pouring from one cup to another, but not from one pitcher to two cups. It is something that he is most definitely interested in so we are working on it frequently, usually immediately after a meal.
Then we brought in a funnel. We got to sort the funnels (small, medium, large), and then we put them on our heads and dropped them to the ground. This was of course, the most hilarious thing ever!
Water transferring with a sponge
Water will always be a success with my child. He simply adores it and could spend hours playing with water.
This activity was definitely a success, but he didn't play/work with it as I had expected - transferring the water from one bowl to the other with water. Instead, he grabbed the bowl with the sponge, took it to his little road rug, and got out some cars to wash.
Remember last week's Vehicle/transportation unit? We worked on a car wash, and I guess he wanted to do it again!
This is in my mother in law's very awesome green house.
I love it so much! I mean, if you have seen any of my What I Ate Wednesday Posts, you'll know that we have a spinach and leafy greens obsession in my family and check out all of this lovely, home grown, organic spinach:
Yum! My son loves going into the greenhouse to see the plants growing, and watering them! I have a teeny little water can for him, but he prefers to use the adult sized one.
My child loves the vacuum. Serious temper tantrums happen if I try vacuuming myself instead of immediately handing the thing over to him!
If only he was as enthusiastic about nap time!
(Pre) Math Activities
Transferring nuts and sorting
This activity focused on pre-math skills as we got to see the different sizes of the nuts - peanuts are small and walnuts are large.
My son no longer likes to build towers out of these, but rather likes to put them all inside of each other. I like that this allows him to see how they are all different sizes as well as helps him with logic - a bigger cup won't fit inside of a smaller one.
That hat has been a favourite around here, too! The child puts it on first thing in the morning and wears it pretty much all day.
Busy little hands at work!
Easy DIY Montessori inspired game
I cut out some foam shapes and intended to make a matching game out of it. Then, I cut out some smaller shapes, as well to learn about sizes. As soon as the Toddler saw this tray, he went for the homemade box that I showed in our transportation unit last week and started dropping the shapes in there. I told him what each shape was as he did, and he loved it.
Matching clothes pins to pom poms
We worked a bit on colors this week. For our clothes pin activities, I first picked out a few colours for us to work with. The Toddler loved this part, and immediately came over to 'help' me. I loved that and definitely used it as an opportunity to name a few for him. Although really, he was more interested in breaking apart the clothes pins...
The Toddler isn't really into sorting or learning about colors, but he loved the motor component of this activity. He still can't really use clothes pins even though he is trying and does show interest. What he absolutely adored was pulling the pom poms off of the pins.
Version number two:
We also practiced counting with these as he pulled off the pom poms, which led into this counting activity:
For this one, I simply laid the pom poms onto the circles and counted as I did it. The Toddler wasn't too interested. I was hoping that it would be a nice way to work on his one to one correspondence skills, this time using a work sheet instead of a fun bowl. I guess my homemade printable was too boring.
Fine motor practice
Be careful with this one! It involves toothpicks so you need to watch the kids! My son does very well with it, but I still watch him like a hawk so no action shots.
Thoughts and stuff
Tot school has been just as much a learning experience for me as it has been for the Toddler. What I'm also learning is that it's okay if he doesn't carry out the activity as I had planned. The whole point of tot school is to show him that there are all sorts of 'things' and activities out there in the world. When he's older, we can work on really mastering the skills and activities to which I am exposing him, but for now, we're just seeing what he likes. If he has fun, we'll work on it more. If he doesn't like it, we move on to the next activity/work.
Phew! And that is part I of this week's tot school! We also worked on a lot of Montessori inspired farm themed printables that I will be sharing soon.
This post is linked up at: We love Weekends hosted by Emma at P is for Preschooler, Jolanthe at homeschool creations, Share it Saturday, Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop, Montessori Monday, the Hip Homeschool Hop, the Weekly Kids Coop and the Tot School Gathering place.
For more toddler activities, visit my Toddler Activities page. For specific Montessori based activities, stop by my Montessori Activities page!
Thank you so much for stopping by!