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!

 

 

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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

Montessori inspired activities for your 27 month old

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 inspired activities for your 27 month old

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.

Learn more about Monti Kids and how they can help you find age-appropriate Montessori materials. Just click here to get $60 off your first order.

 

Here are just a few materials your 27-30 month old may be interested in:

  • Cheese Grater
  • Puzzles
  • Gardening Kit W/Seeds
  • Balancing Cactus
  • Balance Board
  • Weather Recorder
  • Sandbox Diggers
  • Building Blocks
  • Dress Up Clothes
  • Books
  • Finger Puppets

 

MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES

Montessori inspired activities for your 27 month old

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
  • Puzzles
  • Animal Species Matching
  • Playing Dress Up
  • Playing with Dolls
  • Nature Hike
  • Trace Veins on Leaves
  • Make a Leaf Crown
  • Use Weather Recorder

 

PRACTICAL LIFE

Montessori inspired activities for your 27 month old

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
  • Vacuuming
  • Grow own Plant
  • Crack Eggs
  • Washing Own Dishes
  • Replant Flower Pots

 

SENSITIVE PERIODS

Montessori inspired activities for your 27 month old

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

Learn more about sensitive periods and how they affect your child by clicking here.

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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What questions do you have about Montessori inspired activities for your 27 month old? Leave a comment below!

 

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.

 

 

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Julie - June 22, 2020 Reply

My son is 27 months. I read that the emotional build from birth to 2. Recently he has been showing tantrums (crying loudly following with screaming) it happened after being outdoor such as morning walk n play in the playground. We did cuddle him but only few seconds he repeated again. We have started draw happy emoji on blackboard so he can start a happy day.He also clinging and whining a lot recently. Again we tried many time to deescalate the situation before his tantrums started.Help please! We have 2 months old daughter as well.is it about the jealousy?many thanks

    Colleen H - June 29, 2020 Reply

    Julie,

    First, know that tantrums are normal for this age range! They don’t have the emotional control to handle the flood of emotions they experience. So our main focus shouldn’t be to stop tantrums, but rather help them learn how to manage their emotions. With that in mind, I would focus on the underlying struggle. If its after being outside it could be more them struggling with transitions, or them not wanting to stop the activity. If its transitions you can prepare them by explaining before hand what will happen in what order and giving warnings before changes. If they don’t want to stop the activity you can connect and validate their feelings. “I hear you! Walking outside is something I love to do! Right now its time to go inside.” In some instances that may be enough. In other cases they may still throw a tantrum as a way to express their anger. In that case provide cuddles or sit off to the side, whichever they need most. Once the flood has ceased you can reconnect and revalidate feelings. Here is a good read on tantrums from a Montessori perspective.
    https://montikids.com/montessori/how-to-handle-tantrums-montessori-style/

    With their new sister, they could also be feeling jealous and a little resentful. If you can set aside some one-on-one time with them that may ease these feelings. Enlisting the child as the helper can also be helpful.
    “Can you bring me a diaper for your sister?”
    “What do you think she should wear? This outfit or this outfit?”.

    xx
    TTL Team Member

Chaney - February 17, 2020 Reply

I’m new to Montessori but have always done child led, which can sometimes look a mess at the end of the activity. My 27 month old enjoys coloring and painting and flipping through books. Is coloring and painting apart of the Montessori approach? If so, how can I make it more independent?

    Colleen H - February 17, 2020 Reply

    Chaney,

    Art is absolutely apart of the Montessori approach! A great way to make it more independent would be to keep the items in accessible containers. Perhaps you have small jars where you can put a limited amount of paint that your toddler can unscrew. Another option may be to put paints in old pump container so they can get get small amounts when needed.

    TTL Team Member

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