28 Montessori Inspired Activities for Toddlers
This is week 4 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 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!
Veggie Treasure Bowl Exploration
Plastic Scissors: Concept of Open & Close
This was an activity I set up for Little Bee to learn about the concept of "open" and "close." I presented Little Bee with each pair of scissors and then said "open" or "close" with the correct action.
Rice Sensory Bowl
I made Little Bee a fun sensory bin filled with white rice and interesting colorful creatures. Little Bee had fun throwing the rice, trying to eat it, and finding the creatures hidden within.
I set up an activity using velcro. I used these wooden fruit shapes by "Melissa and Doug." Little Bee loves to pull them apart and then put them back together again. He also likes to run his fingers along the rough velcro. And of course, Little Bee likes to play his favorite game of "hide-n-seek!" In the photo below he has hidden a few pieces of the fruit between his legs. He is signing "where" is the fruit to me. Silly little boy! 🙂
Discovering Lids and Caps
Let me start out by saying that I enjoyed playing with these caps as much as Little Bee! I got creative and made a few circle designs. What made this activity a bit more challenging for me was looking around the house to find all these caps and than seeing which ones fit inside of each other. It was also important to find a fun variety of colors! What do you think? Does this look like fun to you? Little Bee liked exploring flip caps, caps that fit perfectly inside one another, and he even enjoyed caps that he could peer through!
Wipes Container and Lids
Little Bee enjoyed placing his caps inside a wipes container. He loved opening and closing the top lid. Then he would pull the caps out through the small hole.
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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I would love to hear your story of an activity that you found enjoyable with your little one. Please leave your feedback in the comment section below.
Thank you. 🙂