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Pick up toys at How we Montessori

Are you looking for some Montessori style activities for your 24-36-month-old? Remember that every child and every family is different. There is a lot of variation in the skill level of a child at 24 months compared to 36 months, it is so important to observe your child and their skill level and not make comparisons between children. These activities are designed as a guide only. 

I've included some toys that we use at 24-36 months. These toys are compatible with Montessori at home, however, they are not specifically Montessori materials. 

Above the child begins to pick up their own toys and puts blocks back into a basket. 

Pick up toys at How we Montessori

The child learns to return baskets and materials to their shelves - within reason. We don't expect this to happen every time but we can start to ask the child to help pack up and we can be good role models. 

First sewing tray at How we Montessori

First sewing/threading tray. 

First sewing tray at How we Montessori

With some simple burlap in an embroidery hoop, embroidery thread, and a large (blunt) embroidery needle. 

Peg washing at How we Montessori

Hang washing on a low hanger. The young child may be able to use simple pegs.

Match baby adult parent animals at How we Montessori

Match mother-baby animals. We can also do this with printed cards, or with model animals like Schleich. We can incorporate language here by using real words like 'sow' and 'piglet'.

Montessori wardrobe at two years at How we Montessori

We can set up a self-dressing area with a couple of choices of seasonally appropriate clothing. 

Pouring juice at How we Montessori

Pour a drink from a small pitcher

Drinking station at How we Montesori two year old

Pour water from a water dispenser. 

Independent teeth brushing at How we Montessori

Become more independent with teeth-brushing. Here we are using a basin on the bath (UK) as there is no room for a step stool at the main basin.

Four piece puzzles at How we Montessori

Use four-piece puzzles (UK). 

Silhouttle matching at How we Montessori

Silhouette matching cards.

Leaf dusting at How we Montessori toddler

Leaf dusting - and general care of plants. 

Slice strawberries at How we Montessori

Slice strawberries. Learn to use mini tongs (for developing hand strength and fine motor control). (strawberry slicer)

Music basket at How we Montessori

Explore a music basket 🎶.

Sorting box at How we Montessori two year old

Try a sorting box, for cognitive development. 

Mini spray bottle at How we Montessori

Learn to use a spray bottle

Mini spray bottle at How we Montessori

Clean the windows with a small window squeegee

Chopping with a knife at How we Montessori

Cut (soft) foods with a children's knife

Build with blocks Lovevery at how we Montessori

Build with blocks

Encourage drawing at How we Montessori two year old

Draw and general mark making with crayons.

Counting toys at How we Montessori

Begin to count to ten. (tumble-down counting pegs)

Floor puzzles at How we Montessori

Try some floor puzzles. Some of our favourites for 2-4 years are:

Painting with squeeze bottles How we Montessori

Painting with squeeze bottles, for developing hand strength. 

Bath toys at How we Montessori

Use educational bath toys like pipes and cogs

Montessori Language Tree at How we Montessori

Use a Montessori Language Tree!! 

Drawing with pencils at How we Montessori

Start drawing with pencils. (we use the STABILO Woody 3-in-1 and Lyra Groove Triple 3 in 1 pencils).

Draw with pencils at How we Montessori

Play with play dough. (scissors)

Help with worm farm at How we Montessori

Take compost out to the worm farm. 

Use a pipette at How we Montessori

Use a pipette. Here we are colour mixing and experimenting with colours. 

Play with magnetic shapes at How we Montessori

Play with magnetic shapes (AU). 

Magnet play at How we Montessori

Experiment with a magnet and a tray of household items. 

Magnet play at How we Montessori

Experiment with a bowl of water and some household items, see what sinks and what floats. 

Magnet play at How we Montessori

Put everyday objects into a mystery bag and allow the child to feel and identify them without looking. 

Toddler cook book at How we Montessori

Crack eggs. 

Toddler cook book at How we Montessori

Whisk. 

Toddler cook book at How we Montessori

Pour ingredients. 

Toddler cook book at How we Montessori

Sprinkle cheese. 

Help bake at How we Montessori

Help scoop.

Help bake at How we Montessori

Use a rolling pin. 

Pour pre-measured ingredients at How we Montessori make bread

Pour pre-measured wet (liquid) ingredients.

Pour pre-measured ingredients at How we Montessori make bread

Pour pre-measured dry ingredients. 

Make bread kneading at How we Montessori

Knead bread dough. 

What goes together puzzles at How we Montessori

Use two-piece what goes together puzzles. We like:

Using a peeler at two at How we Montessori

Peel vegetables. (children's peeler UK)

Make pesto at How we Montessori

Use a mortar and pestle to make pesto. 

Pasting shapes at How we Montessori

Glue shapes onto paper. 

Cutting play dough at How we Montessori

Cut play dough with scissors.

Cutting play dough at How we Montessori

Cut herbs. 

Cutting strips diggers at How we Montessori

Cut cutting strips. 

Watching the garbage truck at How we Montessori

Watch the garbage truck. 

Use an apple slicers

Use an apple slicer

Read lots of book at How we Montessori

Read lots of books. (bookshelf)

Number hunt at How we Montessori

Once the child begins to recognise numbers, we can go on a number (or a letter) hunt in our neighbourhood. 

Try painting at an easel at How we Montessori

Paint at an easel. 

Explore your name with alphabet stampers at How we Montessori

Explore name and letters with alphabet stampers on play dough. 

Nature journalling at two years at How we Montessori

Try nature journaling. 

Tumi ishi at How we Montessori

Stack with Tumi Ishi blocks.

First sand tray at how we Montessori pre-writing

Use a sand tray.

Bedroom at 2 years at How we Montessori

Bedroom at 32 months, everything is at the child's level.  (low shelves)(floor bed)(wardrobe)

Bedroom at 2 years at How we Montessori

Work at a child-size table and chair

Throwing bean bags at how we Montessori

Throw bean bags into hoops or into a basket or bucket.

Pouring with a funnel for flower arranging at How we Montessori

Pour using a funnel. (small glass vases)

DIY geoboard at three years at How we Montessori

Use a geoboard (this is our DIY geoboard). 

Use a magnifyer at How we Montessori

Use a magnifier or a large magnifying glass. 

Introduce children to photography at how we Montessori

Learn about photography. (children's camera)

Remember that doing activities and preparing the environment are only a part of Montessori at home. To find out more about Montessori parenting you might enjoy:

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