Welcome to the first week of the Montessori activities for toddlers series. I want to start this series off with a BANG so I’ve partnered with the amazingly talented Em from Em is Crafty to give you all a chance at winning her handcrafted felt wall.
Em sells many different styles of felt walls and they are all equally as beautiful. When you purchase a craft from Em she donates to RMCHF Mother’s Milk Bank who uses the donations to process the milk that is donated by other super amazing mamas. Read more about the donations here.
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Since I am in the spirit of giving things away I also want to let you know that every week for the next 3 weeks I will be releasing a NEW Montessori inspired printable for you to download and start using right away!
Before I start with all the new activities that we have been trying I want to talk about all the practical life activities that we have been doing and will always continue to do. We may change them and make them more advanced but practical life skills are and always will be one of our favorites.
Not only are practical life activities easy to incorporate into your everyday life, but they can easily be altered to change with your child.For example, my daughter use to only be able to help me load the washer and hand me articles of clothing. Now that she is 6 months older than when we started doing laundry together she can push the correct buttons to start the washer, load the washer without help, hang clothes to dry and put the clothes away once folded. You can see how she is growing with the skill.
This is my daughter helping me prepare dinner. She mostly just eats the lemons and chickpeas but she managed to wash the kale for me and help fill the bowl up with ingredients.
Here’s a short list of Montessori activities for toddlers you can start working on today.
Practical Life Activities
- Brush Teeth
- Wash Face
- wash body
- Help with Laundry
- Wash Dishes
- Hang Clothes Up
- Slice Bananas
- Butter Toast
- Wash Dishes
- Put Books Away
Patience is always something to keep in mind when having your child do practical life skills. This can be difficult when your child is trying to complete a task and you are in a hurry to do something. Try to give them the option to do practical tasks only when time will allow as you don’t want to interrupt their concentration.
It is always important to remember that creating a “yes” environment will help your child gain confidence and independence. Show your child these life skills in a prepared environment that is set up to allow your child to thrive. You will see the joy in your child’s eyes when they finally complete a task by themselves. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Read more about Practical Life Skills for your toddler here.
What practical activities have you been doing in your home lately? Leave a comment below and let me know.