Montessori inspired ideas for infant toddler playgroup

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Here is a sneak peek into one of the Montessori Playgroups in Australia.
These activities stimulate and help to develop various skills such as fine motor skills, handgrip, finger strength, taking care of self, gross motor skills, hand coordination, logical thinking, and problem-solving on a basic level. However, it is important to remember that activities are not the purpose, but the opportunity of the child to be independent, be able to concentrate for as long as they want with what they want uninterrupted.

Descriptive box with coloured figures and shapes of different sizes and materials

I hope these ideas will inspire you.
Here are only some fragments of the room. We also usually have an easel set up for children for painting, simple craft activities, food activities, such as egg peeling and cutting, and a bookshelf with Montessori-friendly books.

Balls with different textures. These are great too: Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set – Inspires Touch

Wooden basket with soft globe, coloured play balls of plastic and material

Dolls for color matching. Here are cute fabric dolls Plan Toy Doll House Doll Family

wooden tray with dividers and little figurines of different colours with coloured dots matching for sorting

 Opening and closing activity

wooden basket with various objects including a little bottle cardboard box, plastic jar and hinged box

Taking care of self

wooden table with objects including a glass jar and windowed wooden box and a mirror

Sock matching activity

Wooden basked with coloured socks

Key matching activity

tray with pad locks and keys with key rings with plastic tags of various colours

Montessori materials for infants and toddlers.

wooden shelf with varied wooden puzzles for sorting

Montessori Puzzles for Infants

wooden shelf with wooden sorting puzzles of different shapes and colours

Activity corner

a cane basket and wooden puzzles of varied shapes and sizes and colours

Transferring activity

tray with metal cups and dropper

 Activity shelf

wooden shelf with can basket with various objects of different shapes and sizes, various trays with socks keys padlocks plastic key tags and keyrings and metal cups

Gross motor corner

wooden walk bridge with soft play shapes of different sizes and colours and safety mats

Pull along toys

wooden shelf with lots of wooden toys of different shapes and sizes and colours

Opening and closing activity

tray with an assortment of pouches in different colours
wooden tray with cane basket with fish figurines with placemat with matching fish pictures

Threading activity

wooden tray with dividers and different coloured shapes for sorting

Learning Resources for Toddlers

  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and 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 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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