Montessori-Inspired Art Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Stencil Painting

I always hated doing any kind of messy painting works in the classroom, but I must admit that it’s much more manageable at home with only two children!  Our art shelves were getting a little tired and under-used, so I decided to freshen it up with some stencil painting. I found some great animal stencils […]

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Pre-Writing Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Line Tracing

L has been interested in copying shapes and trying to make her pencil markings look like real things, so I set up this easy pre-writing tracing activity that will help her control her hand movements. I drew some vertical lines on a piece of cardstock with a highlighter and added a dot at the top […]

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Process Art for Toddlers — Painting with Kitchen Utensils

What is process art?  Exactly what it sounds like — it’s all about the PROCESS of making the art, rather than the final product.  This is perfect for toddlers, since it allows them to experience the sensorial element of art without the expectation of creating something recognizable. We’ve been experimenting with painting using instruments other […]

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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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