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Montessori Activities to Try 12-18 months

12 months books

Are you looking for some Montessori-style at-home activities for your child at 12 to 18 months? Here are some of our favourite activities for this age. 

These activities are listed in chronological order, starting at 12 months. If your child is 18 months please see my previous article Montessori Activities to Try 18-24 Months. Remember that children develop at different rates and we have access to different materials. Please use these ideas as a guide only. 

Above, independently reading small books. 

12 months books

Pincer Grasp Block. Yes, children can use the pincer grasp this young!

12 months books

Ball push box

12 months books

Play with a wallet and play cards.

Low shelves 12 months

Create a 'Yes' space. Low shelves with a few materials. A comfortable rug to play on. Simple materials to explore.

Low shelves 12 months

A child's bedroom at 12 months, includes a low bed, low artwork, low forward-facing bookshelf. 

12 months play in kitchen sink

Working at the kitchen sink. You can see a full list of practical life ideas at 12 months here

12 months play in kitchen sink

Drinking from a real glass. Start using a Montessori-style placemat which shows children where everything goes and use real utensils.

12 months learning to walk

Learn to walk - using a walker wagon. The walker wagon supports the child's natural development. 

13 months water sensory play

Begin to chop soft foods (14 months).

14 months open close basket

Use a simple 'open close' basket. With containers and bags for the child to explore and to open and close. We've used jars and tins where the lids pop on/off relatively easily. 

Montessori posting activity at 14 months

Posting paper straws into a recycled container. 

Montessori posting activity at 14 months

Post coloured matchsticks into a kitchen shaker

Montessori posting activity at 14 months

Thread pipe cleaners into the holes of a small colander. 

Montessori posting activity at 14 months

Play dough play. Here the child is putting coloured match sticks into the play dough. 

Montessori posting activity at 14 months

Use a pop-up toy. This is also useful later for colour matching. 

Montessori posting activity at 14 months

Put little peg people into the base. Don't worry about colour matching at this stage. 

Montessori posting activity at 14 months

Size discrimination peg block toy (similar three peg toy). 

Pikler arch 14 months How we Montessori

Climb a Pilker arch, and playing with play silks (not specifically a Montessori activity). 

Cubes on a vertical dowel at How we Montessori

Cubes on a vertical dowel (15 months).

Cubes on a vertical dowel at How we Montessori

Discs on a horizontal dowel. 

Cubes on a vertical dowel at How we Montessori

Stacking using a small vertical stacker with discs.

Stacking blocks 15 months at How we Montessori

Build with blocks. 

Reading corner at 15 months How we Montessori

Create a comfortable reading corner.

Nature How we Montessori

Explore nature. 

16 months peel egg at How we Montessori

Peel a boiled egg. This picture is a 'good' example, of course, there will be a few mushed eggs in the process. At this age, I get the child started by crushing some of the shell and peeling it just a little at the start. 

16 months peel egg at How we Montessori

Start to use a chopper. This is a child-safe wooden chopper and the child may lots of guidance/demonstration on how to use it.

Basic shape storing at 16 months How we Montessori

Simple shape sorting. 

Stacking bowls at 16 months How we Montessori

Stacking bowls. 

Stacking bowls at 16 months How we Montessori

Threading toys (16 months).

Reading with siblings and friends at How we Montessori

Reading with siblings. 

Simple flower arranging at How we Montessori

Simple flower arranging.

Independent type high chair

Use an independently type high chair where the child can get up and down by themselves.  

Good board books for Montessori toddlers at How we Montessori

Read books. Provide high-quality board books that teach the child about the world around them. We can be selective about the books that children read at this stage. This book is My First Body Board Book. You can see more board book recommendations here

Montessori toddler wardrobe at How we Montessori

Provide the child with a few clothing choices and assist with self-dressing. A child-size wardrobe is useful but not a necessity.

Watering can outside Montessori

Water plants with a small watering can. 

Music basket at how we Montessori 18 months

Make music. 

Music basket at how we Montessori 18 months

Threading. 

Dog Language Basket at How we Montessori

Create a language basket and give the child real names of things. For example, my child was interested in dogs, we gave him a basket of model dogs and taught him the names of the dogs 'this is a dalmatian, 'this is a labrador'.

Eighteen months is a great time to look into a Montessori Toddler Class. If you can't see any classes advertised ask at your local Montessori school. At around 14 months we also started attending a Forest School class. 

Books for Montessori Children 12-18 months:

If you are looking for more toy and play ideas see the Lovevery Play Kits:

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