Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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Montessori Activities for Toddlers (from 2 years old...)


I am compiling a list of fun and educational Montessori activities demonstrated by some amazing mothers from different blogs that I would like to do with Joshua. Generally, the activities are for 2 years olds, but all children are different, and you can try out some of the activities for younger children.

As far as possible, I try to research and only include activities that are economical to implement (as I am aware that some of the original Montessori materials cost a bomb and are not within the reach of an average family).

Practical Life:

Bathing Baby-Doll

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/07/ultimate-baby-washing.html

Brushing & Combing Hair

Buckling

http://momreflection.blogspot.com/2011/09/montessori-activity-buckling-belt.html

Buttoning and other simple dressing skills

http://www.infomontessori.com/practical-life/care-of-the-person-dressing-frame-button.htm

Carrying & Laying a Mat

Climbing & Descending Stairs

Cracking Eggs

http://hapalab.blogspot.com/2011/02/sunnyside-up.html

Cutting with butter knife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grqvXiPx3-U&list=UU17boVxkRdrMtsXWBPHhWiA
http://momlearnings.blogspot.com/2011/10/montessori-activity-cutting-button.html
http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2010/01/practical-life.html

Cutting with Scissors

http://unitedteaching.com/blog/?p=222

http://hapalab.blogspot.com/2010/12/snip.html

http://theattachedmama.blogspot.com/2010/07/pom-pom-sorting-and-cutting-activity.html

http://mymontessorijourney.typepad.com/my_montessori_journey/2009/09/cutting-work.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/10/toddler-scissor-lesson.html

Containers with lids

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/little-hands/

http://hapalab.blogspot.com/2011/03/bottle-caps.html

Dusting

Flower Arranging

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/flower-arranging/

http://mymontessorijourney.typepad.com/my_montessori_journey/2010/05/practical-life-with-a-garden-theme.html

Folding Clothes

Funnelling

http://helenlindsay.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/practical-life-pouring/

http://lilytots.blogspot.com/2010/08/montessori-monday.html

Gluing

http://momlearnings.blogspot.com/2011/09/montessori-activity-pasting-pictures.html
http://unitedteaching.com/blog/?p=196

Grocery shopping

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/grocery-shopping/

Hand Washing

http://spiralmontessorimama.blogspot.com/2009/09/hand-washing-toddler-style.html

Hanging Clothes

http://hapalab.blogspot.com/2011/01/lab-work-zos-closet.html

Lacing

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2011/01/yet-another-snow-day-yay.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/08/lacing-work.html

http://www.infomontessori.com/practical-life/care-of-the-person-dressing-frame-lacing.htm

http://hapalab.blogspot.com/2011/04/old-shoe.html

Matching

http://www.mommymoment.ca/2010/08/brown-bear-brown-bear-felt-activity.html

Matching Sounds

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/sound-matching/

Nesting Boxes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JMgU7tw0hE&list=UU17boVxkRdrMtsXWBPHhWiA

Polishing

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/pretty-as-a-penny/

Pegging

http://nurturingthetenderyears.blogspot.com/2010/04/montessori-inspired-workboxes.html

Pounding Playdough

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r23wayjV_9w

Pouring Beans

http://www.anamazingchild.com/resources%20and%20activities/resources%20and%20activities/resources_files/14bbe757d32425d876d2e5bcfeda644a-8.php

Pouring Water

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFIrMo_cSwU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWaPEiOLYT0&list=UU17boVxkRdrMtsXWBPHhWiA

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/11/control-of-error-pouring.html

http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2011/01/pouring-rocks.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2011/01/yet-another-snow-day-yay.html

http://www.infomontessori.com/practical-life/preliminary-exercises-pouring.htm

http://lilytots.blogspot.com/2010/08/montessori-monday.html

Saying "Please" and "Thank you"

Sitting Down & Getting Up from a Chair

Snapping frame

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JcXQXYXFdA&list=UU17boVxkRdrMtsXWBPHhWiA

Sorting

http://www.mommymoment.ca/2011/02/sorting-it-out.html

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/sorting-by-color/

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/a-day-in-the-life-of-asher/

http://www.mommymoment.ca/2010/09/mondays-montessori-moment-link-up.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/09/sorting-opening-and-bug-matching.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/11/size-shape-and-color-sorting.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/search/label/practical%20life?updated-max=2010-11-11T12%3A59%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=20

Squeezing Sponge

http://theworkplan.blogspot.com/2010/09/we-are-family-montessori-monday.html

Spooning

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/developing-practical-life-skills/

http://www.infomontessori.com/practical-life/preliminary-exercises-spooning-grains.htm

Strainering

http://mommyme-thewonderyears.blogspot.com/2009/06/toddler-activity-using-strainer-and.html

Stringing & Threading

http://www.mommymoment.ca/2011/03/beauty-of-bead-stringing.html

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/threading/

Table Setting

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/table-setting/

Transferring with Tongs

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/flexibility-is-key/

Transferring with Tweezers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvFTZ0EWjuY&list=UU17boVxkRdrMtsXWBPHhWiA

http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/transfer-with-tweezers/

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/11/squeezing-work-pompom.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2011/01/tots-with-tool-tuesday.html

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/09/fine-motor-work-corn.html

Transferring with Scoop

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/11/amazing-etsy-find-scoop-and-rainbow.html

Transferring Ice

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/2010/08/ice-transferring.html

Tying frame

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aozljXXGY8&list=UU17boVxkRdrMtsXWBPHhWiA

Washing

http://educationofours.blogspot.com/search/label/practical%20life?updated-max=2010-11-11T12%3A59%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=20

Watering Plants

http://www.mommymoment.ca/2011/02/plant-care-for-tiny-green-thumbs.html

Walking on the Line

Wiping


Sensory:

Sound:

Musical Instruments

Music

Shaker Bottles

Basket of Spoons, Lids & Pots

String of Bells

Nature Walk


Visual:

Colour Mixing

http://momreflection.blogspot.com/2011/08/montessori-activity-mixing-colours-with.html
http://mama-jenn.blogspot.com/2010/01/printable-color-wheel-activity.html

Language:

Three Period Lesson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0BzZycy91Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH2nZmX0ntc

Silence Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fSnae6S-iM

Reading

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A92jsupTwA

Preparation (Before Sandpaper Letters)

http://www.mommymoment.ca/2011/02/before-sandpaper-letters.html

Sandpaper Letter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWZ_8vRdZM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYNkRr_wBx8

Sand/Salt Tracing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FmeTIYHG8s&feature=player_embedded

Chalk Tracing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpSA5igPd2U

Squeezing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYvxesZQaPM

I "Spy" Bags

Additional Information:

Here are two of my favourite books providing hands-on guide on Montessori activities that are practical, simple, easy to follow, fun to read an full of pictures. These books also provide lots of ideas on using simple equipment that you can find at home. You can find them in Amazon. However, if you have to only pick one, I would recommend the first book "Teach Me to Do It Myself":




4 comments:

  1. What a fantastic list! I'm honored to be on it. I'm also glad I found your blog. It's really great. I'm off to look through your archives. - Lori

    http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/

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  2. Just stumbled upon your great resource blog! Thanks for referencing my home "LAB" and trying some stuff out:) Fun to know other mommies are on the Montessori train too. Going to browse more now!
    http://HapaLab.BlogSpot.com

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  3. A fantastic list. I followed a link from pinterest and plan to be back!

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  4. Thank you very much for this link. God bless you!

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