Musical Instruments for Toddlers

Like most toddlers, L loves music.  She loves listening to it, dancing to it, and making it.  And what a great sensorial experience!  I have had a basket with musical instruments out since L was very young — ever since she could sit up and hold things.  As she became more accomplished with each instrument, […]

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Practical Life Skills – Toddler Self-Care

Self-care is a very important part of the Montessori philosophy.  Young children enjoy doing things for themselves, so being able to take care of their own bodies gives them a sense of purpose and satisfaction.  There are many things that even very young toddlers can do for themselves — but they won’t know that they […]

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Practical Life Skills – In and Out with Pipecleaners

In & Out works are favorites in our house.  L quickly mastered the most recent one I put together, with the coffee stirrers in the colander, so I decided to make one that is a little more challenging.  I got a set of pipe cleaners and a parmesan cheese shaker from the dollar store and […]

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Activities for Infants and Toddlers – An Old Cardboard Box

You don’t need to spend tons of money or create a beautiful tray of work to entertain your toddler.  Sometimes, all you need is a piece of trash — like a large cardboard box.  I remember playing with cardboard boxes when I was a child, so when we got Baby #2’s carseat I made sure […]

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Setting the Table – Activities for Toddlers in the Dining Room

L has been unloading her plates, cups, and silverware from the dishwasher for a while now, so I decided it was time for her to start setting her own place at the table for each meal.  I set out each of the components on a low shelf that she can reach.  She begins by bringing […]

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