Here are some Montessori-inspired toddler activities that we are enjoying this week. The activities including a focus on math, sorting (early math), art mixed with language, music, practical life and more specific language activities. We are working on letter recognition and phonics. And we are working on number recognition 1-5 and the basic concept of numbers. Sometimes B (22 months) will seem to understand numbers and sometimes he won’t. If he isn’t “into it” on any given day, I just move on. B loves transportation and construction vehicles, so I integrated that into our art and language activities.
Here is a snapshot of our playroom and shelf this week. Below are a few of the activities.
Here is a number activity. We enjoy placing the numbers 1-5 on our felt board and in the bathtub with foam numbers. Here I chose to highlight the number “4”. This tray has several different ways of showing the number “4”. B loves the counting lizards from Melissa & Doug.
Here is a basic sorting activity. I am always so pleased with myself when I find a new way to display a sorting activity. I found this little art bucket in Target. It’s light and easy for B to carry. Here he will place the blue popsicle sticks on one side and the yellow sticks on the other. He loves it!
Here is an art activity. I added a small printout of transportation pictures. I actually snagged this from Chik-fil-a! It’s an eye-spy road game that came in his kids’ meal. B enjoyed coloring the pictures as we talked about them and then we put down transportation stickers.
Here is a language activity of sorts. It’s more about vocabulary than learning to read. They are sort of conversation starters and from there we talk about other things relating to the cow and butterfly, like where we saw a cow or butterfly and what they eat and the sounds they make.
This last activity is simply a music basket. I usually have a basket of musical instruments out for B to play with. I rotate the instruments almost every week. I swear I find my husband playing with them more than B, so I guess it’s for the whole family. We go to a toddler music class once a week too, which is fun. B is one of the first toddlers to jump up and put things away. Otherwise, he’s shy and quiet (like mom). The teacher noted the Montessori approach they use to set up and clean up! She noted last week that the class had “normalized” meaning that they had mastered the concept of taking instruments out of the basket and returning them (without a fuss) at the end of a song. Montessori is everywhere!