Montessori Activities at Home - Part 4

Jane Gleasure

We believe in the principles of Montessori education and encourage you to employ simple activities at home with your children to see the benefits for yourself. The concentration, joy and pride in their faces is so worth it.

So this is our fourth month of Montessori at home and we would love to know how you got on with the last few months!

Babies 6mths plus - Treasure Basket

So far we have made discovery bottles, discovery boxes for the kitchen but why stop there, every room you spend time in with your baby can have a similar activity to help quench your babies natural curiosity and sensory development. So this week we will look at making a Treasure Basket for the living room. Once your baby is able to sit and hold things they will love to explore new objects and this is the natural learning process. You can help stimulate this by creating your own treasure basket or box. This will usually be a low basket or sturdy box you fill with interesting household objects and things from nature. Objects made from natural and contrasting materials are preferred like metal, wood and fabric. Suitable objects can be things like;

A whisk

An egg box

Wooden brush

Empty kitchen or toilet rolls

A sponge

A glass jar (filled with objects and sealed or open)

Firm pinecones (check for breakable or loose scales)

Large shells

Thick ribbon

Textured/shiny objects  

A small mirror  

A satin/soft scarf

And much, much more…

A good tip is to rotate the objects to keep things interesting so why not start your own stock box ;) and as usual be aware of anything that could be a choking hazard, ensure objects are free from sharp edges or anything else that might be harmful when touched or mouthed.

Toddlers 18mths plus

Toddlers want to get involved, that's what they do, they are naturally curious and love to feel included. This month why not give your toddler the job of watering the house plants and or feeding the pets? Giving them real life jobs even from such a young age fosters independence and self confidence plus it all helps them build their control of vital motor skills.

Top tips:

  • Interest of your child. What are they interested in? This can sometimes be discovered by following the child’s own cues.
  • Their understanding level. You don’t want to overwhelm the child with something that is beyond their level of understanding, you can often customise activities based on your child’s needs.

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