Montessori Inspired Quiet Activities for Toddlers

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It’s time to share our DIY Montessori Inspired activity set up for miss A – a 2,8-year-old toddler. Life gets so packed with other exciting and fun things to do, especially in summer, but there is always time for quiet time spent in concentration and in sharpening fine motor skills and language. Every single exercise is designed with my daughter’s interests in mind. This is where I get my inspiration from.
As I mentioned above time and life does not allow me to rearrange her shelves as often as I would like to, but once in a while, we both have fun creating new exercises. Miss A often demands me to rotate her toys. She sure keeps me on my toes.
 
Spooning – sounds simple and boring, but not for a two-year-old
 
It sharpens her
– concentration
– hand-eye coordination
– attention to details
– fine motor movements;
– teaches to develop left-to-right hand motion:
all essential skills for future writing, reading, and learning.
 
 
Playdough is always on demand.. poking it sounds like fun.
 
 

This activity was born out of her fascination with flashlights. It accompanied us on all our evening walks. The highest point of excitement was always reached when my daughter discovered a spider in the bushes.
At home, I set up a box with replica animals filled with lavender for extra sensory experience.. We turned the lights off and used a torch to find animals and match them to picture.

This was fabulous as a
– pre-reading exercise
– sensory fun

Amazon.com Widgets

I had a feeling that 2,8 years old was a good age for my daughter to start learning to use scissors. I was right. I demonstrated how to cut a strip of paper in pieces. It did not last long, scissors were quickly confiscated and miss A continued in her own style. It looked very awkward at first but she mastered scissor grip soon enough on her own.

Colour matching wheel with pegs. This is super simple to make. A great way to help make those little fingers stronger and learn colours.

Language materials my daughter absolutely enjoyed.
THIS SET OF MONTESSORI INSPIRED PRINTABLES CONTAINS: 
BALLERINA THEMED PRINTABLES 
– MATCHUP GAME OF BALLERINA THEMED ARTWORKS 
– BALLERINA THEMED COLOUR MATCHING ACTIVITY (COLOUR BOX 2) 
– CARDS FOR COPYING BALLERINA DANCE MOVEMENTS OR FOR PUSH PINNING A BALLERINA SILHOUETTE 
 – PREPOSITION CARDS
 – GO-TOGETHER CARDS
Here are our small adventures. 

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  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.


6 thoughts on “Montessori Inspired Quiet Activities for Toddlers”

  1. I am the nanny of my 2 year old grand daughter Your materials are veryb useful for me because I am using them to teach her Thank you.

  2. Thank you kindly for visiting and taking time to leave a comment! I am so delighted to hear you use my materials to teach your granddaughter!

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