Multiple Montessori Themes Per Activity

We are talking all about Montessori sensory activities inside of the Montessori Learning Center this month! Our focus is on using sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing to explore and learn naturally. In this article, you’ll find 23 activity ideas to get you going!

You do NOT need to have fancy materials or messy bins to make this happen! 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you’re probably already practicing Montessori and you don’t even know it!

This definitely goes for sensory activities! If you have taken your child on a walk, for play at the beach, or just allow them to crawl or run around in your backyard then you have done some sensory activities already!



Montessori Sensorial Activities

Here are 23 fun and easy sensory activity ideas for your 0-3-year-old to get started with today! Montessori Sensorial Activities at Home Montessori has 5 key curriculum areas; practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and culture. Sensorial lessons specifically work towards developing all five senses. These five senses are tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory senses. ( Free Printable )

Montessori Sensorial Activities for 0-1-year-olds

  1. Montessori Mobiles
  2. Ribbon Ring
  3. Sensory Balls
  4. Touching Natural Materials (silk, cotton, wood)
  5. Nature Exploration (crawling, walking,  or playing with plants, dirt, or sand)
  6. Water Play
  7. Tasting New Foods


Montessori Sensorial Activities for 1-3-year-olds

  1. Collecting Items (rocks, shells, or sticks)
  2. Mixing Colors for Playdough (Add essential oil to enhance the sensory experience.)
  3. Mystery Bag with Familiar Items
  4. Posting
  5. Water Painting
  6. Juicing (Oranges are great for this!)
  7. Wash Station (Use soapy water and a dry towel to wash play animals, cars, or babies.)
  8. Animal Sounds
  9. Washing Hands (Note the bubbles and the noises made when the child is washing.)
  10. Gardening
  11. Baking (Bread or cookies are great options to use all the senses.)
  12. Spice/Coffee Grinding
  13. Edible Finger Painting (Yogurt with food coloring.)
  14. Hot Cold Bowls (Try one bowl with warm sand and one bowl with ice cubes.)
  15. Flower Arranging
  16. Color Matching

Your child is experiencing Montessori sensorial activities all day long! Don’t overthink these activities and don’t think you need all the fancy materials or messy bins to do sensory work in your home! When a child’s senses are fulfilled with sensorial experiences and work, it helps them become more logical, perceptive, and aware.



Multiple Montessori Themes Per Activity

Themes Per Activity

As an added bonus with Montessori many different themes can be incorporated into one activity.

Take food prep for example, while this activity is actually considered a practical life activity it still has many other topics included. Smelling, tasting, seeing, hearing, and touching the food are all part of food prep so it can also be considered a sensory activity. You can also talk about squeezing the lemon, that the lemon is sour, and that the lemon is juicy, which includes a language component.

As you can see some Montessori activities can truly provide a full spectrum of themes for you and your child to explore together. Making the Montessori much easier than you may have expected!


What Montessori activities have you tried with your child? Let us know in the comments!

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Jessica S Reply

My little one is 7 months and I really want her to get busy with dirt and sand. What happens if she eats the sand? Would she choke? As I’m typing this I’m laughing at myself because it’s a pretty simple question. I honestly don’t know what to do if she puts a fist full of sand in her mouth.

    Holly Reply

    Hey Jessica,
    I know exactly how you feel. My little one just turned 12 months and he is still exploring with his mouth. We live on the coast so eating sand is something he does more than we’d like. We say “No” and wipe his mouth and then let him explore some more. Consistency is key when it comes to most things. But remember a little dirt or sand won’t hurt them just watch out for poisonous plants and/or choking hazards like rocks, shells, acorns, etc. Holly xx

    Amanda B Reply

    Hey, Jessica:
    I have two littles ( a 2 year old girl and a 3 year old boy). Yes, your tot will put stuff in her mouth. My recommendation is don’t freak out. No, you don’t want your child to eat dirt or sand, but accept that it will happen at least once (most likely many times) in their childhood, intentionally or unintentionally. A gentle “No, no. We don’t eat sand/dirt/rocks/sticks/grass. Yucky!” will go a lot farther than you shrieking and startling the child. Your main job is to make sure she isn’t eating anything dangerous (cat poop, rocks, caterpillar, centipedes, etc) that could cause her to choke. If she gets a mouthful of sand/dirt, use it as a teaching moment and gently clean out her mouth. If she should swallow some sand, it usually won’t hurt her…she might have a few interesting diapers next day if she eats a lot of sand – it sort of cleans them out a bit.
    I’m chuckling because my oldest rarely put stuff in his mouth, but with my daughter, she put EVERYTHING in her mouth. I just got into the habit of doing a mouth-sweep multiple times a day. It happened so often that I got to a point that I could tell by her expression that she had something in her mouth, and when I’d say “Mouth sweep!” she’d automatically open her mouth for me to check. 🙂 Hang in there, Momma!

Jondra Reply

Can you teach Montessori with an AA degree in early childhood education

    Holly Reply

    It depends on where you live and the establishment you work for. I would look up Montessori jobs that interest you and see what their requirements are. 🙂

Fariah C Reply

Great list! Any reason why the list is organized by age 0-1 and then 2-3? What about 1-2?

    Holly Reply

    My mistake Fariah! It should be 1-3 🙂 It’s been corrected. Holly xx

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