Some of our beginnings

A lot of Montessori activities can be purchased at the Dollar Store.  With toddlers you want to focus on life skills such as pouring, scooping, folding, etc…  and find motor skills.  Pumpkin 1 loves learning and already knows her colours, shapes, some letters and numbers to 9.  We’ve been doing some colour sorting.  A muffing tin works great for sorting.  I glued foam colours to the bottom and she sorted out coloured paper clips.  For fine motor skills I found this play dart board made up of posts.  I gave her pony beads to put on the posts.  It was tricky but she did get the hang of it.

Montessori method has children do their activities on trays on mats.  This defines their work area and helps to contain messes.  We don’t have any mats yet but the tray was purchases at the Dollar store.

For Pumpkin 2 I try to give him visual stimulation and sensory stimulation.  Mirrors are great (also can be purchased at the Dollar Store) and you can print off black and white patterns to place at eye level.  Toys of different textures are great for touch and mouthing.

Pumpkin 1 sorting paper clips by colour

Pumpkin 1 sorting paper clips by colour

Fine motor skills with pony beads and all dressed up

Fine motor skills with pony beads and all dressed up

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Pumpkin 2 looking at a contrasting colours book

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