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Montessori at Home: 10 DIY Activities & Games for Your Toddler

By Selena Mae |

Why all the fuss about early learning? Shouldn’t toddlers be let free to roam and play as they wish?

Well yes. Early learning can be fascinating to young children when they are engaged creatively. It boosts their confidence, teaches them to play independently and meets their natural needs at this unique stage in their life.

What is Montessori?

Have you noticed that toddlers adore letters and numbers and music and physical activity? That they want to know how everything works and want to do things on their own and often getting frustrated in the process? Montessori style activities are life-based. They help children build skills for everyday life, with a focus to building upon the necessary foundations needed in academia.

Through genuine enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning I have watched my toddler boy naturally gravitate towards the activities we put forth for him without force. He is enchanted and often calmed by putting things in order. We are at the stage now where he watches us and learns how to do a new exercise through us and often asks for help. Sometime he does these exercises on his own, and sometimes he wants us to help him. That’s all part of the joy for him: to gain independence and build his self-esteem from doing things on his own, or to revel in our company and assistance.

The first years are so incredibly formative in a young child’s life. They really do pave the way and set the tone for how they perceive the world, how they learn. This is a short time to help our children develop their brain architecture and a positive self image. To believe in their own ability for inner growth and to develop a true love for learning is one of the greatest gifts we can foster for our children.

I’ve never been the type of parent who follows any sort of strict parenting guidelines or theories, which is why you’ll find some styles of activities that don’t exactly fit the Montessori mold. I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite DIY Montessori Inspired Activities that you can easily create and share with your children in their home environment.

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10 DIY Montessori Inspired Activities For Your Toddler

Language: Fiddle Sticks

Probably my favourite learning activity in this round-up. At 33 months of age, my little guy is starting to read. He knows his letters, his vowels and consonants, is working on pronunciation and has a hard core love affair going on right now with anything to do with letters (and numbers.) In the blink of an eye he went from forming words to stringing together sentences. Which naturally transpired into an interest in reading. We sound out letters together and he's started to recognize his words. Fiddlesticks is a diverse game that can work on a bevy of skills such as; sight words, letters/sounds, parts of speech and more. The resources available at Make & Teach (where I found this idea), are incredible. Make sure to book mark the site.

Click here, for printable lists of from the DOLCH 220 Sight Word List; assessment form and materials (lists 1-3), and PDF instructions for assembling Fiddle Sticks as well as different ways to play! (I know, right?!)

Stay tuned next week for the Second Edition of DIY Montessori Inspired Activities For Your Toddler!

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Selena is a crafty, culinary mom. Creative Director. Social Media & Branding Consultant. Regular writer on Disney Baby. Part-time big-mouth & frequent foot-eater. Proud of her Anishinaabe roots.

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Selena Burgess is crafty, a culinary expert, and a professional wrangler of the toddler variety. When the chaos permits, she writes stories and is addicted to documenting everyday life. Selena is proud of her Anishinaabe roots, and is the type of woman you want to revel (or kvetch) in motherhood with. Read bio and latest posts → Read Selena's latest posts →

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