What are Montessori practical life skills?
Practical life skills are skills that a child learns, at a young age, to help him develop his fine motor (hand control), gross motor, and mental awareness for later in his adult life. These skills include proper care of self, for the home, for the environment, and for all living creatures. Please note that a young child is more capable mentally and physically than we give them credit for. A toddler is able to dress themselves, feed themselves, pour themselves a glass of water, prepare a snack, and so much more! Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but generally an older toddler (2-3 years) is capable of many self-care tasks.
I have created a list of 100 Montessori (inspired) practical life skills for you to explore with your child. This list of practical life skills is recommended for toddlers of at least 2-2.5 years to preschoolers of 6-7 years of age.
What is wonderful about Montessori practical life skills is that children LOVE to do these activities! Please leave a comment for me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Enjoy!