Activities for Toddlers – In and Outs with Flowers

As I’ve mentioned before, we love in and out works.  They help to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  In the Montessori classroom, works progress from easiest to most difficult, concrete to abstract.  This flower work is the most difficult in and out work we’ve put out yet. I filled a basket with some […]

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Practical Life Skills – Pincher Transfer

L has been interested in trying out different utensils in the kitchen.  While walking around the mall trying to induce labor with N, I found an awesome kitchen supply store filled with tons of wonderful gadgets that I could use to create works for L!  I went a little crazy and bought almost the whole […]

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Practical Life Skills – On and Off

Years ago, my co-teacher came up with this work while browsing through a dollar store.  It met all of the qualifications for a toddler classroom — interesting materials, promoting fine motor skills, and most important on a classroom budget, cheap!  I bought these materials months ago and was waiting for the right moment to introduce […]

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Shape Matching with Gingerbread Clay Christmas Shapes

As I’ve mentioned before, we love Christmas and all of its traditions in this house.  L is still very young, so this year is really the first year she has been able to participate in many of the traditions.  One thing I knew I wanted to do this year was make some ornaments to decorate […]

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Number Matching with an Advent Calendar

Have I mentioned that we love Christmas?  It’s possible to make almost any Christmas tradition into a Montessori work.  One of our favorite traditions is doing an Advent calendar.  I decided to make it into a number matching work that could be done all day, while we would open the calendar to find a surprise […]

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