MONTESSORI INSPIRED ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR 27 MONTH OLD
If you’ve been searching for Montessori inspired activities for your 27 month old – 30 month old, look no further! In this Montessori By Age article you will find everything you need to know about Montessori with your 27-30 month old.
Follow the simple guides set up below for some easy ways to start bringing more Montessori into your home today!
As a reminder, these activities and material suggestions are just starting points. Don’t expect your child to be able to do all of these things on the first try. This is just an age-appropriate time to begin working on mastering these suggested activities.
Montessori for your 27-30 month old
PREPARING YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Supporting your child through a prepared environment is always the best place to start with Montessori. Your child will be going through several sensitive periods throughout their childhood so having a consistent environment will help them feel stable and secure. As their world changes around them having this sense of order in their prepared environment will help greatly!
You can start preparing your home environment with child sized materials and practical life stations. If you haven’t yet created some practical life stations throughout your home this is the perfect time to do so. For instance a self-care station in the bathroom, wooden stool by their dressing area, or a self-serve station in the kitchen.
Creating distraction free spaces for your child’s independence to grow should be the number one objective to preparing your environment. You can read more about preparing your home environment by clicking here.
TOYS & MATERIALS
Montessori materials support a number of different development stages. In order to find the right materials for your child it is important to follow your child’s lead. What are they interested in? It is important to remember that the materials you provide should change with your child’s interests.
Using an educational program such as Monti Kids will be help greatly. This program grows with your child and takes the guesswork out of finding Montessori materials for your toddler.
Here are just a few materials your 27-30 month old may be interested in:
- Cheese Grater
- Gardening Kit W/Seeds
- Balancing Cactus
- Balance Board
- Weather Recorder
- Sandbox Diggers
- Building Blocks
- Dress Up Clothes
- Finger Puppets
Montessori activities are great when we follow our child’s lead. If you choose to give your child puzzles but they are not interested or easily upset with them you will start to think Montessori isn’t for your child. So follow their lead and give them the activities that are compatible to their developmental stage, sensitive periods and interests.
If you’re just getting started with Montessori remember that your child won’t always be able to understand something on the first try. It may take days or weeks for your child to comprehend the activity. If you think your child is getting frustrated because of the difficulty level just put the activity away for a few weeks and try again later.
Here are some activities your 27-30 month old may enjoy:
- Objects to Object Match
- Card to Object Match
- Animal Species Matching
- Playing Dress Up
- Playing with Dolls
- Nature Hike
- Trace Veins on Leaves
- Make a Leaf Crown
- Use Weather Recorder
Practical life activities are some of the easiest for you to supply yet the most rewarding activities for your toddler. Your toddler’s independence is becoming more and more important to them. Providing your child with practical life activities will help support this need for independence.
Most of the time parents teach practical life skills without even knowing it. For example, washing hands after using the bathroom. It’s easy to do and with a prepared environment and a Montessori approach your child will gain the independence they are searching for.
Start by trying one of these practical life activities for Montessori for your 27-30 month old:
- Grating Cheese
- Getting Dressed
- Help Folding Towels
- Making Bed
- Hang Coat on Hook
- Grow own Plant
- Crack Eggs
- Washing Own Dishes
- Replant Flower Pots
Maria Montessori identifies sensitive periods in development as the child’s absorbent mind (age 0 – 6 years). Follow your child’s lead for their cues of sensitive periods beginning. Try not to underestimate your child’s ability or work. If they are doing certain work over and over, they are probably in their sensitive period for that work/task.
Here’s a list of sensitive periods your child may be experiencing at 27-30 months:
- Movement Birth-6 Years
- Gross & Fine Motor Development Birth-2.5 Years
- Refinement & Coordination of Movement 2.5 Years-6 Years
- Language Birth-6 Years
- Letter Shapes & Sounds 2.5 Years-5 Years
- Sensory Skills Birth-5 Years
- Small Objects 1 Year – 3.5 Years
- Refinement of Senses 2 Years – 6 Years
- Emotional Control Birth-2.5 Years
- Order 1 Year – 3.5 Years
- Music 2 Years- 6 Years
- Social Aspects of Life 2.5 Years-5 Years
- Manners & Courtesies 2.5 Years-6 Years
Remember that each child is unique and these sensitive periods do not ALWAYS happen between the time frames given. Some children go through them earlier and some later. Follow your child’s lead.
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Disclaimer: This isn’t the end all be all for Montessori inspired activities for your 27 month old – 30 month old. Montessori is largely based on following your child’s lead, knowing that every child is unique, there can not be one set standard for every child. Use this information as it suits your child.