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
- Montessori Mobiles
- Ribbon Ring
- Sensory Balls
- Touching Natural Materials (silk, cotton, wood)
- Nature Exploration (crawling, walking, or playing with grass, dirt or sand)
- Water Play
- Tasting New Foods
Montessori Sensory Activities for 1-3-year-olds
- Collecting Nature Items (rocks, shells, or sticks)
- Mixing Colors for Playdough (Add essential oil to enhance the sensory experience.)
- Mystery Bag with Familiar Items
- Water Painting
- Juicing (Oranges are great for this!)
- Wash Station (Use soapy water and a dry towel to wash play animals, cars, or babies.)
- Animal Sounds
- Washing Hands (Note the bubbles and the noises made when the child is washing.)
- Baking (Bread or cookies are great options to use all the senses.)
- Spice/Coffee Grinding
- Edible Finger Painting (Yogurt with food coloring.)
- Hot Cold Bowls (Try one bowl with warm sand and one bowl with ice cubes.)
- Flower Arranging
- 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!