28 Montessori Inspired Activities for Toddlers
This is week 1 of a four week (28 activities total) Montessori Inspired Activities for Young Toddlers series. These hands-on activities are for the young toddler who is 9 months old to 1.5 years old. These activities will help your child develop fine motor and gross motor skills. There are plenty of sensory and object permanence activities also included. Several of the activities that I am going to share with you are inspirations that I gathered from other Montessori moms and blogs. Many of the activities are uniquely my own DIY ideas. Enjoy!
Flower Arranging for Young Toddlers
Flower arranging is a classic Montessori work that teaches about the beauty of the flowers and how to arrange them. I modified this for a young toddler (16 months) by using a plastic vase and artificial flowers.
Containers and Lids
I collected a bunch of empty containers with lids for Little Bee to work with. He had fun trying to match up the lid to the correct container. He also liked to put some of the smaller containers inside the bigger ones. This activity kept him busy for a couple of hours.
Threading with Large Beads and Straws
Little toddler fingers are still learning precise fine motor skills. This activity helps to develop those fine motor muscles and dexterity of the fingers. I gave Little Bee a very large wooden bead and a large yellow straw. I showed him how to thread the bead onto the straw. He really enjoyed this activity! The sturdiness of the straw allowed him the leverage he needed to thread the bead onto the straw. (Please be aware of choking hazards at this age and monitor your child at all times.)
Associations of Objects and Color Cards
For this activity, I lined up a giraffe (stuffed animal) and a plastic duck with their matching Pantone Color Cards. I didn’t think Little Bee would catch on so quickly, but he surprised me! He knew to place the correct object back down with its matching card.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Let your child climb, get dirty, and nibble on nature! Climbing helps to develop their gross motor skills and muscles. Letting them get dirty helps to develop their immune system.
Spaghetti Noodle Sensory Play
This sensory activity took about an hour from start to finish. Little Bee was apprehensive at first, but than was fascinated with the sticky noodles. He loved throwing them out of the bucket and across the room! It was a sensory experience we both will remember for a LONG TIME. This post was inspired by a photo I saw on the blog site called Montessori on a Budget.
Quiet Container Activity
This was a quiet church activity that I thought up. I took an empty “happypuffs” container and turned it into a small plastic toy storage. Little Bee enjoyed grabbing the toys out of the container and putting them back in again, over and over x 20!
There are three more weeks of activities to enjoy in this series!
See the collage image below to get a sneak peak.
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