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Toddler Activities: Numbers, Vowels, Big and Small!


Here are some toddler activities we have on our Montessori shelf this week!  B is 21 months old and is working on numbers, vowels, and the concept of big verse small.  He does not seem to yet get the idea of counting but it’s a long-term process. I’ve seen that slow introduction of ideas works well for him.  It took several introductions of sorting before he started doing those activities on his own.  I use a very gentle, no-pressure approach.  (Otherwise, I get frustrated too!)

B loves the organization of a Montessori shelf.  He knows to get one thing out at a time.  It’s fun to see what activities he picks first when I put out new trays.  Here are two activities with numbers.  I found wooden pieces at the craft store and wrote numbers on them.  He plays with them or we count things (stickers, cars, etc) and put the number next to the items.  I also made some number cups.  B can sort and count the buttons inside each cup.  We do this together and he needs lots of help but it’s VERY fun.  He loves the feel and colors of the buttons.




B is learning his vowels.  He can make the vowels sounds.  He REALLY enjoyed putting the vowel wood chips on the mat.


Next is a practice life activity – folding napkins.


Next is an activity were we sort big and small animals!


And finally here is a video of the shelf work on YouTube!

ENJOY!  And please share your favorite activities!


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Merry Christmas Montessori Style!

Merry Christmas!  We had a wonderful morning opening presents with family.  This year was special because it was B’s first Christmas were he actually understood the concept of opening presents.

With all the gifts under the tree, an empty paper towel roll can be just as fun!  Goes to show the power of DIY activities.











Christmas Montessori-style in our home means most of the gifts are put away after an initial romp and brought out slowly as part of the regular toy circulation.  After opening presents Christmas morning, B became tired and overwhelmed by all the new toys and quickly fell asleep before lunchtime.  At just under 2 years old, he is sensitive to order and simplicity.  Me too!  Everything was cleaned up and put away before he got up from his nap and he didn’t mind one bit.  The old(er) activities were just as fun.  A few of the new trucks made an appearance later in the day but only one new toy at a time.  This helps minimize messes and allows B to clean up his own mess without getting overwhelmed.

On our shelf this week we had a couple of holiday inspired activities.  I pulled out some wooden Christmas mice that were fun to line up and organize by size.  We talked about the concepts of “large”, “medium”, and “small”.  I gave B a box filled with balls and he practiced opening the clasp.  B also enjoyed sorting the red and green popsicle sticks that I had stuck in a small stocking.  His new toys included a Brio train set, Tinker toys, a wooden truck, two battery-powered trucks, and puzzles.  I think that was everything.  His stocking had stickers, plastic bugs and lizards (for counting) and a book shaped liked a truck.  Christmas afternoon we went to a park to play.  By 6pm B was asleep again!  He normally goes to bed around 7:30 pm or 8 pm.  All the stimulation of Christmas wore him out!  Me too!

What are your holiday family traditions?  Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?  Stockings?  Have traditions changed as kids got older?  Favorite Montessori-inspired ideas for the holidays?  I’d love to hear from you!  Happy Holidays!!

Here are some other links to Montessori-inspired holiday activities:

Montessori Home – 5 Great Montessori Ideas to do with Your Children 

Racheous – Holiday Hop

Pinterest Holiday Board by Missmatchedcows

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