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Simple Montessori Activities: locks

Using a Lock and Key as an Educational Toy

Whether sitting, crawling or standing, a child as early as 10 to 14 months of age is still learning how to use their two hands together to get things done. Imagine the thrill they’ll feel at successfully being able to unlock a padlock with a key all on their own! It is just one more […]

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Children Love to Make Flower Arrangements

When I was working as a teacher in the mixed-age Montessori classroom it was always a delight to look around the room and see flowers on the tables. Most amazing was that the children took even more delight in preparing these arrangements themselves. In the Montessori approach we know that children thrive most when they […]

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Use a Topponcino as an Infant Security Pillow

The sight of a newborn baby is such a joy, many of your friends and relatives inevitably come knocking soon after the birth to behold your creation. Many will ask to hold the infant in their arms. Imagine the discomfort this can cause an infant who is being passed around from person to person while […]

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Help Your Child Refine Language and Sounds

A parent I consulted with recently asked me how she could best ensure her young daughter would grow to become a proficient reader. I told her that in the Montessori approach to language development and reading, we believe that sound games should come first. Sounds are ultimately the essence of the words we read on […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: introducing cup

Teach Your Child to Drink From a Real Glass

Teaching a young child to drink from a glass doesn’t have to be as daunting or premature as you might think. The sippy cup was invented more as a crutch for the concerned parent than for the beneficial development of the child using it — it is intended to ward off any unwanted spills, in […]

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Teach Your Child How to Sew a Button

While providing parenting advice to a client who explained she was overwhelmed by the amount of tasks she needed to complete each day, she noted a button on her daughter’s dress she wanted to fix as one of the many smaller items on her “to-do” list that had fallen through the cracks. A regular theme […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: matching object cards

Matching Objects to Similar Cards

Your child’s first meeting with a dog may be a magical and memorable encounter. A wagging tail, a slobbery kiss and a wet nose may be among the features that accompany the dog’s furry coat to leave a lasting impression. Aside from using your own language to introduce this new creature to your child, try […]

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Grab that Garlic and Peel Away!

Grab that Garlic and Peel Away! Maria Montessori understood the kitchen was more than just a place for making great food — she saw it as a laboratory for a child’s senses. Encourage your child to participate in the kitchen by setting up the simple activity of peeling cloves of garlic for a recipe you […]

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Creative Hands with Rubber Bands

Creative Hands with Rubber Bands It may look ridiculously simple, but don’t take it as such – your child won’t easily get bored with the amazing rubber band board! This straightforward toy, with its wooden pegs, allows a child to work joyously and independently as they manipulate rubber bands into various patterns and configurations. The […]

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Sharpening Pencils For A Sharper Child

Sharpening Pencils For A Sharper Child Pencils are a great instrument for your child to express themselves creatively, while their hands are what Maria Montessori once described as “the tools of intelligence.” All the more reason to provide your child with a traditional metal blade sharpener over an electric or battery-operated one, where they might […]

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