Montessori Practical Life: Sandpaper tray


This one is super easy. We have a bag of blocks that are starting to get old and rough. I decided to do a tray with sandpaper and blocks as a practical life shelf activity.


Montessori Your Home #1


Most of us familiar with the Montessori method of education know that Practical Life activities (learning how to help with everyday cleaning, self-care, etc.) are very important to establish in the early years of life. Part of this is having items necessary for a child’s growing independence accessible. One very easy way to do this is to give your toddler or preschooler a cupboard (or drawer) of their own in the kitchen that they can access themselves.

As you can see above, I have cleared out one of our bottom cupboards for my 3-year-old’s dishware, so that she can grab a bowl, cup, and silverware all by herself during snack and meal times. We have had this cupboard for her for over a month and she has loved it!  She enjoys being able to choose from what she eats out of and with. She also usually has napkins in there, and a pitcher for practicing pouring. Unfortunately, she has a lot of plastic stuff in her cupboard. My goal is to eventually replace those items with non-plastic items. The Sippy cups in the back of the cupboard are stored there for her 15-month-old sister. We have graduated my older daughter from Sippy cups, even though they sure were a lot easier.  She does like to sneak her sister’s Sippy cups when I’m not looking.

If you can’t spare a cupboard or drawer you could always try a tiny shelf in the kitchen or dining area.

The beauty of having accessible areas for my daughter is that it does make it easier for me, too! 😉


practical life/sensorial activities

spice jar sorting


For the activity above, I simply repurposed some old spice jars and their lids with various items that fit through the holes (Q-tips, tooth picks, skinny pieces of paper, and even a broken necklace chain). Also, an added challenge was that not every spice jar had holes big enough for the Q-tips, so she had to figure out which items fit where. My three year old really enjoyed this activity for a few days but now she definitely needs some more challenge!


Her baby sis loved the activity too (below)



sand activity


This “sand” stuff (above) is great. My daughter received it as a gift over the holidays so I’m not sure where it can be purchased. Basically, it is sand that is somewhat moldable and feels very soft, and never dries out. A great sensorial activity! She plays with it for at least an hour at a time! Here are a few photos of the fun stuff she does with it:


Hand prints ^


Poking holes in the sand ^


Burying coins ^

It would also be good to practice writing letters in, but we haven’t done that yet.

~Feel free to share ideas, thanks~