EASY MONTESSORI SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR 0-3 YEAR OLD

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 nature walk, for a play at the beach or just let them crawl or run around in your backyard then you have done some sensory activities already!

 

 

Montessori Sensory Activities

Here are 23 fun and easy sensory activity ideas for your 0-3-year-old to get started with today!

Montessori Sensory 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 grass, dirt or sand)
  6. Water Play
  7. Tasting New Foods

 

Montessori Sensory Activities for 1-3-year-olds

  1. Collecting Nature 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 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!

 

 

Multiple Montessori Themes Per Activity

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

Take food prep for example, while this activity is actually considered a practical life activitiy it still has many other topics included. Smelling, tasting, seeing, hearing, and touching the food is 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, that the lemon is juicy, which includes a language component.

As you can see some Montessori activities can truely 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 sensory activities have you tried with your child? Let us know in the comments!

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Jessica S - October 16, 2019 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 - October 17, 2019 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

Jondra - October 14, 2019 Reply

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

    Holly - October 16, 2019 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 - October 14, 2019 Reply

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

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