Here are some new toddler activities you can do at home. As you can see, we use a Montessori-inspired method of learning by keeping activities and toys on a shelf. I rotate out the activities depending on B’s interest level. B has learned to take activities down and put them back when he’s done. He only takes one activity at a time. We do many of the activities together but B also plays independently. When not playing with these activities he is usually following me around the house helping with the chores, cooking and cleaning (as shown in my last post). At two years old, B can pretty much help with everything. He does laundry, makes snacks and meals, feeds the dogs, cleans up messes, and washes dishes – all with supervision. I hope you find some of these shelf activities interesting. I put much thought into what activities are placed on the shelf. I try to provide a variety of easy and challenging activities and ones that cover math, language, practical life skills (such as transferring), sensorial, art, music and creative play. I would love to hear YOUR ideas as well!
Here is our shelf downstairs in the playroom (right) and upstairs in B’s room.
The first picture below shows is a language activity. I read the word and have B find and place the object next to the word. The second picture is a sorting and counting activity with bears. B loves feeling the bears. He used to throw them but he’s gotten over that now. The third picture is a practical life skill where B transfers the beads into the other bowl. Always go from left to right. The fourth picture shows a sorting activity where B puts all the spoon in one cup and forks in the other. He likes real forks and spoons and it’s a challenge to keep the cup upright. We are also working on the words “spoon”,” fork”, and “cup”. The fifth picture shows some eco-friendly eggs that B can match and put together. It’s too difficult to pull them apart but he can put them together. The sixth and last picture shows a pinching activity with different sized clips. B practices clipping the paper and exercises the finger muscles he will later use for writing. Enjoy!