HOW TO CREATE A MONTESSORI SELF-CARE STATION

Many Montessori benefits come from letting children explore in a self-directed way that prioritizes sensory exploration. For this reason, a Montessori self-care station is so important. Creating independence in everyday tasks is key to seeing these Montessori benefits in your toddler.

 

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Similiar to a self-help station a self-care station acts as a way for your toddler to gain independence by starting to take care of themselves. You can use this station in the bathroom or in their bedroom whichever suits your needs the most.

 

How to create a Montessori self-care station.

 

Here are some ways a self-care station can help:

  • Encouraging independence.
  • Adapting a routine.
  • Learn to wash hands.
  • Learning to brush teeth.
  • Grooming themselves.
  • Learn to dress themselves

When you are ready to create your toddler’s Montessori self-care station you will want to have certain items available to your child. While these items may differ from home to home these are the most basic self-care items your toddler will use.

 

Creating a Montessori Self-Care Station

 

ACCESS TO HAIRBRUSH/COMB
ACCESS TO TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE
A MIRROR AT EYE LEVEL
A STOOL TO REACH THE SINK IF NECESSARY

 

Your child is not expected to be able to use all these items without assistance. They will need your help until they have mastered each skill. Practicing and making this a part of your everyday routine will allow your child to become independent in self-care much quicker. They will gain a strong sense of pride from being able to complete these tasks on their own.

 

Instagram Inspiration!

Here are a few examples of beautiful self-care stations from Montessori parents on Instagram:

PHOTO CREDIT: Shannon Tredrea   www.instagram.com/shaneliseee/

PHOTO CREDIT:  www.instagram.com/akara88/

PHOTO CREDIT: Sabrina www.instagram.com/wunschkind_herzkind_nervkind/

 

If you would like to learn more about Montessori practical life skills check out 7 Ways To Practice Practical Life Skills In The Kitchen by clicking here.

Are you thinking about creating a Montessori self-care station? I would love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment in the section below and let me know what you are planning!

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Elaine Barnes - April 24, 2020 Reply

This looks good but my grandson is only one years old. He does not live near by so setting this up is for the future.

    Colleen H - April 26, 2020 Reply

    Elaine,

    That’s great! He’ll have a prepared environment ready and waiting for when he visits you!

    xx
    TTL Team Member

Yvonne - January 12, 2020 Reply

Hello there,
Our bathroom is tiny and there is literally no space to put a self-care station anywhere. Our bathtub is too high too and I would rather my 12 month old doesn‘t have to climb up on a stool. Would it be okay to place the station into a different room like his bedroom or the hallway? Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
Yvonne

    Holly - January 22, 2020 Reply

    Yvonne,

    Yes, you can put the self-care station in another room if the bathroom does not work. Some have the self-care station in the kitchen but whatever works for you is fine!

    Holly xx

Mili - July 24, 2019 Reply

Hi,
If i dont have a place where i can keep these items out at all times, woild it still somewhat work if i place the items needed (comb, toothbrush, toothpaste) on a mini tray and take it out when needed? Step stool to reach sink and mirror are already there.
Thanks

    Holly - September 10, 2019 Reply

    If you give your child access to the mini tray that would work fine. The idea is that he can complete the task with no assistance from an adult. 🙂

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