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Parenting Hacks: 25 Fun And Inspirational Montessori Activities You Can Do At Home

Parenting Hacks: 25 Fun And Inspirational Montessori Activities You Can Do At Home

Montessori education was developed to encourage children to think for themselves. Children are provided every opportunity to engage in their world and are enticed into learning. In other words, learning is more like play time. Children learn without knowing they are doing far more than playing.

The system of Montessori education is denoted via:

  • Children in mixed age classrooms
  • Children provided blocks of time in working on projects (up to three hours)
  • Children have limited choices in there activities
  • Children are free to learn concepts through exploration of materials rather than ‘direct’ instruction

The Montessori model of education was introduced across America in 1911. These activities may be used to prepare a pre-schooler for school or for home schooling purposes. The techniques are devised to assist a child in exploring, measuring, and observing the world around them.

1. Counting Objects & Matching Numbers

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    A great way to introduce mathematics to a toddler. Make a game of it through using everyday objects that are familiar to the child.

    2. Scrap Alphabet

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      Build tactile skills by letting children glue fabric scraps to cardboard cut-outs of the alphabet. This activity builds up the muscles needed for writing/holding a pen or pencil.

      3. Discovery Baskets

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        Discovery baskets filled with like items or from different rooms of the household is a good way to keep a toddler’s mind active.

        4. Miniature Weaving

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          Miniature weaving is an activity that will unleash an older child’s creativity and more than a little imagination.

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          5. Cosmic Nesting Boxes

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            Cosmic nesting boxes are a fun and creative way to teach about the solar system or a particular state.

            6. Nature Scavenger Hunt

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              Throw a nature scavenger hunt for you kids and their friends. Glue what kids are looking for onto paper bags or empty plastic eggs.

              7. Observation Trays

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                Add a magnifying glass to observation trays. Allow your child to explore up close vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The magnifying glass gives children a real sense of observation and satisfies their notion toward exploration.

                8. Clothes Pin Words

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                  Clothes pin words sparks creativity and letter recognition in a small child’s mind. These are so easy to make and is a wonderful way to teach the connection between the alphabet and words.

                  9. Button Snake

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                    I found the button snake on several different sites. The child is tasked with ‘buttoning’ through felt squares with a button attached to a ribbon. Builds fine motor skills while teaching about colors.

                    10. Play-Dough: Fine Motor Skills

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                      Make it yourself playdough is far cheaper and more fun to make than the store bought kind. The kids can even help make it! Younger children build and fine tune motor skills, while older children get a boost in their creativity.

                      11. Taste Bowls

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                        This activity teaches a child about the four senses of taste. Have the child close his or her eyes or use a blindfold. Use a spoon to feed the different tastes to the child.

                        12. Number Clip Cards

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                          These counting cards are a great way to teach numbers the Montessori way. The child simply ‘pins’ the correct number and learns number recognition at the same time.

                          13. Shark Bingo Game

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                            Shark bingo is a fun way to teach kids about sea life, especially if gummy fish are used to mark the sited sharks!

                            14. Fiddlesticks

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                              Teach a pre-schooler to recognize sight words and the sound of letter combinations with fiddlesticks. Use popsicle sticks and a sharpie to create the words and letter combinations.

                              15. Miniature Tree Table

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                                A DIY Nature Tree Table to spark a child’s imagination and to teach about the outdoors. Children can use toys on hand or the items found in their nature scavenger hunt.

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                                16. DIY Coin Box

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                                  The DIY coin box builds fine motor skills and teaches counting. Little hands are sure to stay busy. A sharpie pen can be used to mark the chips with numbers, in order to help with number recognition.

                                  17. Mystery Bag

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                                    A mystery bag should be filled with 4 or 5 familiar objects. The bag heightens a child’s sense of touch and tactile recognition.

                                    18. Colander And Pipe Cleaners

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                                      This is a fun and quite simple activity. Have your child thread pipe cleaners through the holes in a colander. The unique designs awaken your child’s creativity and imagination.

                                      19. Pom-Poms Into Cardboard Tube

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                                        Kids will love the disappearing and sudden reappearing of the pom-poms in this activity.  Tape the tube to a nearby cabinet for close supervision.

                                        20. Matching Animals

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                                          Matching games teach hand-eye coordination and are the beginning of learning word match and recognition.

                                          21. Thread Spools And Chopsticks

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                                            Threading thread spools happens in three stages. First chopsticks, then pipe cleaners, and finally shoe laces. Each stage teaches finer and finer motor skills.

                                            22. Magnet Play

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                                              Magnet play is great even for older children. Kids can wave the wand over both magnetic and non-magnetic items, count what is magnetic and what is not.

                                              23. Letter Recognition

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                                                Play with letters leads to familiarity with the alphabet. Children can start with simple words, their name, and move on to complex letter sounds.

                                                24. Geoboard

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                                                  The geoboard may be used in a number of ways. The bands can be used to imitate simple shapes or for letter recognition.

                                                  25. Ping-Pong Ball Scoop

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                                                    Teach hand-eye coordination with this DIY ping-pong ball scoop game.

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                                                    Last Updated on January 3, 2020

                                                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                                                    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                                                    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                                                    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                                                     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                                                    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                                                    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                                                     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                                                    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                                                    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                                                    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                                                    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                                                    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                                                    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                                                    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                                                    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                                                    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                                                    7. Positive people smile a lot!

                                                    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                                                    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                                                    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                                                    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                                                    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                                                    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                                                    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                                                    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                                                    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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