Halloween Activities for Toddlers – Pumpkin Scrubbing

Fall is finally here!  It’s my favorite season, and one that is perfect for creating seasonal works.  There are many natural materials that you can find at your local farm (or even grocery store), and since they only come around once a year, children are excited to experience them! No matter where you get your […]

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Activities for Toddlers – Ring Hanging

Most of L’s works are in our living room, so I’m trying to branch out and place things in other parts of the house.  When I was in the classroom, I came up with a quick hanging work when I found some hooks that we were just going to throw away.  I decided to recreate […]

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Practical Life Skills – In and Outs with Small Holes

A few months ago, L noticed the holes in my mom’s crocs and thought they were the coolest thing ever.  She kept trying to stick her fingers in.  I realized that she needed an in and out work with smaller holes, something that would require more control to put the objects into each hole.  One […]

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Language Activities for Toddlers – Object Matching

Object to object matching is the next step after the nomenclature basket that I wrote about earlier.  L has gotten very good at naming the animals I put in her nomenclature basket, so I added this basket to her language shelf.  With this basket, you simply put two of each object in, and the child […]

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Positive Redirection and Natural Consequences to Prevent Tantrums

Toddlers are notorious for their tantrums.  Telling a young child “No” seems to have the opposite effect of the one intended, as toddlers take that as a direct challenge and continue to do the “bad” behavior. Montessorians take a different approach to discipline.  Rather than telling a child what we don’t want them to do, we […]

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