There are lots of good reasons for wanting to incorporate Montessori learning and inspiration into your toddler’s routine, and there are lots of different ways to go about doing that. It’s important to note, most “Montessori toddler activities” are not actually Montessori — they are Montessori-inspired, and many more are actually Reggio- or Waldorf-inspired. That doesn’t make them any less useful (and fun!), but it’s good to get a variety of opinions and read Dr. Montessori’s works for yourself to determine what your interpretation of Montessori is.
I hope you enjoy the toddler years, and don’t worry about starting Primary (3-6) level activities until your child is older. There are so many wonderful practical life skills, sensory experiences, and methods of play-based learning that you can use to prepare your child for Montessori Primary, there is no need to start the works early.
Please let me know if you ever have any questions, of if there are toddler topics you’d like to see covered here on the blog.
Colour Study Series:
Sensory Bins (or posts with Sensory Bins):
- Edible Rainbow Waterbeads
- Fizzy, Erupting Snowy Day Sensory Bin
- 2-ingredient EDIBLE Glowing Magic Mud (with Video)
- Construction Sensory Bin
- Muddy Worm Sensory Bin (with Video)
- Space Sensory Bin
- Peter Rabbit Garden Writing Tray
- Rainbow Barley Sensory Bin
- Dr Seuss Sensory Play Ideas
- 10+ Chocolate Sensory Play Ideas
- Top 10+ Winter Sensory Bins
- Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough
- Making a Scarecrow
- Madeline Sensory Bin & Small World
- Top 10 Harvest Sensory Bins
- Melt the Witch Sensory Bin
- Yoko Small World: Book-inspired Sensory Play
- Garden Clean Mud Sensory Bin (with Video)
- 50+ Rainbow Activities and Snacks
- 7 Ways to Play with Froot Loops
- Edible Rainbow Sensory Bin for Toddlers
- Lion King Unit Study
- Cereal Colour-Sorting Sensory Bin
- Fizzy Baking Soda Hearts: Valentine’s Day Science
- Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
- Cotton Balls: 5 Ways to Play
- Frozen Clean Mud
- Toddler Winter Sensory Bin – and Preschool Empathy Building!
- 50 Book-inspired Halloween Activities for Kids
- mmm is for muffin
- “ih” is for insects
- How To Make a Unit Study… From a TV Show
- What’s On Our Shelves: St. Patrick’s Unit
- What’s On Our Shelves: Dinosaur Edition
- DIY and Lesson: Montessori Sand Tray
- Mini-Unit: Kwanzaa
- Hot Chocolate Oobleck
- Pumpkin Week, Part Two
- Pumpkin Week – Part One
- Emotions Sensory Bins
- Exploring Emotions with Kimochis
- Neutral Colours Week!
- Secondary Colours Week!
- Purple Week!
- Orange Week!
- Green Week!
- Primary Colours Week!
- Red Week!
- Blue Week!
- Yellow Week!
Messy Play (play dough, oobleck, etc):
Toddler-Relevant Psychology Posts:
Unit Studies for Toddlers:
(In addition to the unit studies covered in our Colour Units above. Also, many of the activities in our Montessori Preschool Unit Studies can be adapted to include toddlers.)
A mixture of toy reviews and homemade toys for toddlers.
A collection of toddler book recommendations and hands-on toddler activities inspired by some of our favourite books.
My favourite blogs with activities for Montessori toddlers can be found in my Montessori blogs list.
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