DIY Montessori Inspired Activities for a 2-year-old

Don’t you enjoy seeing your precious bundle of joy grow and become smarter, stronger, more independent, confident, playful, and engaged with the world around them? I get so much satisfaction from creating and supporting my child’s growth along the way and be able to contribute to it. I received a wonderful set of toys and activities as a giveaway from one awesome Montessori mum, we bought a few educational toys from Preloved baby markets, but it has been a while since we purchased anything for her. I just enjoy using the materials I find at home and natural pieces to create educational experiences based on my observations, my Montessori knowledge, and her interests.

Taking care of self.

Placing two choices of clothes on the shelf may encourage the child to start getting dressed on their own and with minimal assistance from adults.

Emergent numeracy.
Simple DIY activity for learning to follow directions, opposite colors by placing white pebbles on the black crosses, counting pebbles, and matching quantity to numerals.

Counting pegs and matching them to the primary colors to help the child to correct themselves.

Matching activity with objects that are similar to each other presents a problem-solving opportunity for a young child

Storytelling using loose parts and manipulatives –

It is very easy to attract attention and make the story more fun with a colorful setting. I have noticed it makes it easier for young children to remember and recall longer words and difficult names.

Emergent Literacy

Activities like shown below boost interest in learning new words and reinforce using already familiar words in a playful way.


Stimulating touch and smell using natural objects and learning about different textures. This can be applied for sorting objects on rough and smooth, or large and small;  for I spy games, etc.

Fine Motor

Simple transferring activity with natural objects found in the garden is one way to support the development of fine motor and concentration.


Having minor responsibilities around the house from a very young age can be very beneficial for a child’s self-esteem and another way to build their sense of belonging and confidence.

There you go. Now go ahead and leave a comment below to share your favorite DIY Montessori-inspired activities.

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 19 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here. 

4 thoughts on “DIY Montessori Inspired Activities for a 2-year-old”

  1. Wow, same here, the emergent reader activity is so neat! I am going to do this today with my little guy. Thanks so much!

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