Crafts and Activities

A compilation of Montessori crafts and activities for babies, toddlers, and young children.

DIY Montessori baby mobile: black and white balls on left and image of yellow, red and blue on right.

What Baby Mobile Is Best?: A DIY Montessori-Inspired Mobile Activity

What baby mobile is best? There are many different kinds of baby mobiles out there, but which baby mobile is best for their development? Which baby mobiles are Montessori-aligned? As I discussed in my post about high contrast cards, a newborn’s eyesight is not fully developed when they’re born. They don’t see color and can …

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DIY black and white High contrast cards for baby.

DIY High Contrast Cards For Babies: A Fun Montessori Activity For Siblings

What Are High Contrast Cards? High contrast cards are simple black and white patterns that stimulate newborns’ sight and cognitive development. When babies are born the nerve cells in their retina and brain are not yet developed. So for the first three months, they can only see in black, white and gray tones, and only …

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child doing heavy work by pushing laundry basket.

Heavy Work Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

At first glance, the term “heavy work,” may resemble an occupational hazard. A closer look at the label reveals its usefulness as an important Montessori concept, however. In this post, we’ll take a close look at heavy work, including its definition, benefits, examples, and more. What Is Heavy Work? Heavy work sounds self-explanatory, but it …

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Child building with legos, connecting play schema.

Play Schemas: Fun Activities That Help Your Child Develop

Learn about the history of play schemas, why they are important, how they align with the Montessori philosophy, and get fun activity ideas. Transporting, positioning, connection, transforming, orientation, trajectory, rotation, enveloping, and enclosure are all covered in this article. What Are Play Schemas? There are many different definitions of schema, each varying on context. Merriam-Webster …

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toddler pouring cereal in sensory play table.

Montessori and Sensory Play: 20 Sensory Table Activities

Sensory Play, like slime and colored rice, is very popular. But it is not a Montessori concept and is typically not found in Montessori classrooms. Maria Montessori believed that children do indeed learn through all their senses and she adapted sensory exploration into her classroom in the following ways: Through the sensorial materials she designed, …

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Process Art using Kitchen scrubber and paint.

51 Fun and Easy Process Art Ideas for Kids of All Ages

In my previous post here, I discussed the importance of Process Art in Montessori and what exactly it is. Here I put together a list of purely process art ideas. While boredom isn’t bad, some kids don’t gravitate towards art as much as others, so you may need to engage them more with some different ideas …

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baby fingerpainting to improve fine motor skills.

Process Art Vs. Product Art: Why Process Art Is Important

Maria Montessori believed that children should be allowed freedom of expression and this includes artistic expression. How do you encourage your child to express themselves through art? By allowing them to be creative through Process Art. What is Process Art Is Important? Process Art is about the creative process of making the art, and not …

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