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.


  1. Very fun activities. I love more Montessori inspiration! I would love for you to com elink up at TGIF Linky Party

  2. I've been following the Montessori posts with great interest. Thank you for sharing. I just wondered where you would buy something like the Knobbled Cylinders from? Is there a specific online store you can source from?

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I love activities like these. The temperament definitely matters, I've found, for how long they'll keep at it. Ds1 wouldn't do these for very long and liked a lot of variety. He also would go off on anthropomorphizing things even at this young age. ds2 loves to sort and sort and sort. He'll stay occupied for hours. I just got him some bamboo toast tongs, chopsticks which he loves. I also found small squirt bottles at the dollar store. He'll spray water on glass or into a bin then wipe it up for long periods of time.

  4. how lovely. I do some similar things with my 22 month old. I also get her to pour water from jug to bowl and sort different types of pasta into separate bowls. so much fun watching them learn huh?!

  5. Lovely activities Işıl. Good luck with the course. I know you'll make a great teacher


  6. Great activities - and I love your son's concentrated expressions in the photos! I'll enjoy hearing more about your training. Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  7. Thank you for your lovely comments and support :)
    Mummy Plum,There are some shops selling Montessori materials but very expensive.I bought some basic Montessori materials off ebay Germany. Not a great quality but okay to use at home with 2 kids.

  8. Thanks for linking to TGIF. I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-)

  9. Love all the ideas for fine motor skill practice.

  10. Congrats on the Montessori training program! It sounds like a great opportunity and I look forward to hearing about it if you'd like to share :)

    I've been using Montessori-like activities with my toddler and it really is amazing to see! Regular toys will not interest him for very long, but these types of activities really capture his attention. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  11. I love hearing you say that he sits still for these activities even though he normally has a lot of energy. I'm always hesitant to pull out these types of activities for Baby T because he seems to have such a short attention span. But I think I'm going to start trying things like this a little more. Hopefully he will enjoy them as much as yours does!

  12. Oh, where did you get the smaller knobbed cylinders? They look great! I know my boys would love them though. I wish I could buy more montessori works but the shipping is so expensive to me and not much is available here in Japan.

    I try to do montessori themed activities with my boys too - would love to go back to study. I have a bachelors degree and if I did one more year I would have my masters in education but I would have to go back to Australia to do it due to doing prac work. Maybe sometime in the future?! I try to read as much as possible on the montessori method and get a lot of inspiration from blogs like yours as well.

    Love the look of concentration on your little mans face!

  13. My littlest boy will be 22 months in a few days. Thanks for the activity suggestions!


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