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.
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/threading tray.
With some simple burlap in an embroidery hoop, embroidery thread, and a large (blunt) embroidery needle.
Hang washing on a low hanger. The young child may be able to use simple pegs.
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'.
We can set up a self-dressing area with a couple of choices of seasonally appropriate clothing.
Pour a drink from a small pitcher.
Pour water from a water dispenser.
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.
Use four-piece puzzles (UK).
Leaf dusting - and general care of plants.
Explore a music basket 🎶.
Try a sorting box, for cognitive development.
Learn to use a spray bottle.
Clean the windows with a small window squeegee.
Cut (soft) foods with a children's knife.
Build with blocks.
Draw and general mark making with crayons.
Begin to count to ten. (tumble-down counting pegs)
Try some floor puzzles. Some of our favourites for 2-4 years are:
- Fire Engine Floor Puzzle - pictured above
- Four Going Places Floor Puzzles
- Big Fire Engine Floor Puzzle (UK)
- Big Tractor Floor Puzzle (UK)
- Giant Road Floor Puzzle (UK)
Painting with squeeze bottles, for developing hand strength.
Use a Montessori Language Tree!!
Play with play dough. (scissors)
Take compost out to the worm farm.
Use a pipette. Here we are colour mixing and experimenting with colours.
Play with magnetic shapes (AU).
Experiment with a magnet and a tray of household items.
Experiment with a bowl of water and some household items, see what sinks and what floats.
Put everyday objects into a mystery bag and allow the child to feel and identify them without looking.
Use a rolling pin.
Pour pre-measured wet (liquid) ingredients.
Pour pre-measured dry ingredients.
Knead bread dough.
Use two-piece what goes together puzzles. We like:
Peel vegetables. (children's peeler UK)
Use a mortar and pestle to make pesto.
Glue shapes onto paper.
Cut play dough with scissors.
Cut cutting strips.
Watch the garbage truck.
Use an apple slicer.
Read lots of books. (bookshelf)
Once the child begins to recognise numbers, we can go on a number (or a letter) hunt in our neighbourhood.
Paint at an easel.
Explore name and letters with alphabet stampers on play dough.
Try nature journaling.
Stack with Tumi Ishi blocks.
Use a sand tray.
Work at a child-size table and chair.
Throw bean bags into hoops or into a basket or bucket.
Pour using a funnel. (small glass vases)
Use a geoboard (this is our DIY geoboard).
Use a magnifier or a large magnifying glass.
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:
- The Montessori Toddler
- The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three
- Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
- Montessori for Every Family: A Practical Parenting Guide to Living, Loving and Learning - Pre Order
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