13 PRACTICAL MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS
Welcome to week 3 of 4 in this Montessori series! If you are just joining us you can get caught up with WHAT IS MONTESSORI & 5 EASY WAYS TO GET STARTED and MONTESSORI METHOD by clicking on the links. This post is all about practical Montessori activities for toddlers and how to implement Montessori into your life.
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Montessori Lifestyle Tips
Respecting your child in every aspect of their life.
Talk TO your child not AT your child.
Use natural simple materials and toys.
Stay away from the flashy plastic toys that will lose their attention in a few days.
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.
Follow the child.
Observation of the child is key to success when it comes to Montessori. Let your child take the led and follow them on their journey.
Freedom of choice and movement.
A child must have freedom to explore the indoors and outdoors as well as the freedom to choose.
Teach by modeling not correcting.
Show your child how it is done. Do not correct them. If they make a mistake show them again. There is no need to tell them they made a mistake just show them how to do it again.
Teach practical life and sensorial activities.
Children want to learn. They want to learn the tasks that they see us do every day. Both practical and sensorial activities will allow your child to learn new tasks and grow their independence.
Orderly and attractive prepared environments.
It is best to be orderly as not to distract or overwhelm the child’s concentrating mind.
Don’t interrupt your child at work.
Concentration is something your child needs to develop and interruption will delay this.
Use child-size materials.
This will help your child develop their independence by not having to rely on the adult as often.
Create hands-on learning opportunities.
This allows the child to gain a very concrete understanding of the materials.
Practical Montessori Activities for Toddlers
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
This is one of my favorite things about Montessori. Encouraging my little one to do practical real life tasks with me around the house. She enjoys helping and it is such a joy to watch.
Each child is a unique individual and probably won’t comprehend the same tasks at the same time. Celebrate each child’s uniqueness and let each child grow at a pace that suits them. Trust in your child will go a long way.
13 Montessori Activites for Toddlers
Patience is everything when completing a real life task with a toddler. As parents, we get wrapped up and the go go go of life keeps us busy. We need to allow the child time to learn at their own pace. Be sure to keep this in mind when your toddler is taking 20 minutes deciding which pair of shoes they want to wear.
Cutting fruit and veggies
Setting the table
Putting groceries away
Choosing clothes to wear
Putting toys away
Loading the washer
Sweeping the floor
Mopping the floor
Here are a few items we use at our house to help with practical activities.
Have you tried any of these practical activities with your toddler? How did it go? Let me know what you are up to in the comments!
I hope that this information will get you a bit more comfortable with the Montessori activities for toddlers as well as the lifestyle. As for next week, I have a list of resources and popular age appropriate toys to share with you all!
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As a disclaimer I’d like to state I am not a Montessori teacher nor do I have any certification in Montessori activities for toddlers. I simply choose to live a Montessori lifestyle and while doing so I have learned a lot that I would like to share with others.
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