DIY Montessori Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Color Box 3

DIY Montessori Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers -- Color Box 3

Montessori materials can be quite expensive to buy, but there are some that you can easily make yourself — for free! The color tablets are one such material.  I’m a bit of a snob, so I did buy Color Boxes 1 and 2 [for matching the colors], but I decided to make Color Box 3 […]

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Activities for Toddlers — Sponge Water Transfer

Activities for Toddlers -- Sponge Water Transfer

I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE water play.  We spent a lot of time playing in water sensory bins outside this summer, and one of the household objects I put in it was a dish sponge.  It was by far L’s favorite object to play with in the water bin, but I couldn’t […]

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Leaf Man Story Basket for Toddlers and Preschoolers


Have I mentioned how much I like creating fall-themed works for my kids?  I was excited to find this Leaf Man Story Basket up in my attic from my Montessori training days, and both kids have enjoyed working with it this fall! Have you read Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert?  I love all of her […]

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Fire Prevention Week Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers


Fire Prevention Week is October 9th-16th! We all know it’s important to be prepared for the worst, but how do you do that with very young children?  I’m joining to share some activities for toddlers and preschoolers that will help young children better understand and feel secure in dangerous situations such as a fire at […]

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Pumpkin Ring Post for Infants and Toddlers


All of the credit for this BRILLIANT pumpkin ring post for toddlers goes to my Instagram friend @momducator (find her here)!  Her little girl actually came up with it when presented with a basket full of loose parts, but I immediately saw how it could be used on a Montessori-inspired work tray. I got one of […]

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Activities for Toddlers — Smelling Jars

Activities for Toddlers -- Smelling Jars

L is slightly obsessed with Frozen, and her favorite line is when Elsa and Anna sniff and say, “mmm, chocolate!”  She says it almost every day, and she thinks she’s absolutely hilarious.  I kind of do, too.  :)   Anyway, it led me to follow the child and create a smelling work for her so […]

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Fall Crafts for Kids — Nature Painting


Fall is really the best season for creating themed Montessori-inspired works and crafts.  There is such a variety of materials, and they each provide a different sensorial element. We’ve been experimenting lately with painting using objects other than paintbrushes, so I decided to bring our fall theme into play to see what we could make. […]

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Halloween Activities for Kids — Pumpkin Chalkboard


If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that I have a slight pumpkin obsession.  I didn’t realize it until somebody at the farmer’s market pointed out how many I’ve been buying over the weeks.  My grand total (so far…) — 21.  But that also includes gourds.  And most of them are small. So I’m not […]

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Activities for Toddlers — Clothespins

Activities for Toddlers -- Clothespins

You can actually make a lot of Montessori-inspired activities for your child using objects that you probably already have in your home — or that you can buy at a dollar store!  One work that has always been a favorite in the classroom is the clothespins work.  I first put it out when L was […]

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Art for Toddlers — Watercolor Painting

Art for Toddlers -- Watercolor Painting

It’s important to have art materials readily available for your child — something that I have always struggled with because I HATE MESS!!!  However, if you simply accept the fact that mess is going to happen and teach your child to clean it up by herself, it’s a lot less stressful! L loves to paint, […]

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