Smiling like Sunshine: Montessori Activities for Toddlers(4)

Friday, 4 November 2011

Montessori Activities for Toddlers(4)

Before I share some activities with you today,I am very happy to announce that I started a distance learning programme to train as a Montessori teacher. I first heard about the Montessori philosophy when my daughter was a baby and I am quite excited to take my interest to a  new level. I studied economics but let's be honest, I have never shown much interest. I think it will be very satisfying to work with children. Also, I hope working as a teacher, will allow me more time to still be with my kids. Wish me luck ;)

Here are a few activities we have been doing with Derin lately:
Knobbed Cylinders

I have got  a smaller version of the Knobbed Cylinders. We have got four blocks, and five cylinders in  each one.  
Block 1: The cylinders increase in diameter and height.
Block 2: The cylinders increase in diameter. The height remains the same.
Block 3: The cylinders increase in diameter and decrease in height.
Block 4: The cylinders decrease in height and diameter remains the same.

Up until now I used to give only one block to Derin, but his attention span has increased lately.So I took out the others as well. He is a very active little boy who literally cannot sit still. I am amazed to see how interested he is with this sort of activities.
Knobbed cylinders develop visual perception of depth and dimension. They also help with fine motor skills and getting those little fingers ready for writing later ;)

Transferring pompoms 
He loved transferring the pompoms from a bowl to an egg box. Great for fine motor skills!

Transferring marbles
Transferring marbles from bowl to bowl. Please note that I observed him closely during this. He is past the mouthing stage now, but with toddlers you can never be sure!
Derin is 22 months old.

Happily shared with One Hook Wonder's Montessori Monday.

This is the fourth post in my Montessori activities for toddlers. You can read the other posts here, here and here.