Fun Educational Activities at Home the Montessori Way
We all want to help with the education of our children and what better way than to engage in Montessori activities at home? These activities are fun, can involve the whole family, and are a sure-fire way to help with our kids’ development. With a few basic materials, you can make the home a great learning environment.
Even if your child is not in a Montessori school, you can bring the benefits of this type of education to the home. Simple materials, creative activities, and letting your child discover the world independently are all it takes. Mom and dad are there to observe and guide, but with most of these activities, they can definitely join in the fun. Here are five Montessori activities you can do at home:
Using colored cylinders, also known as the knobless cylinders, you can have your child create designs or patterns, perhaps even forming the first letter of each family member’s name (if your child already knows his/her letters). Your child can also stack them on top of each other, creating towers. The manipulation of these cylinders will help with sensory development. Kids love building and creating and they will be tapping into their imagination as they play and learn.
The Montessori bells are a great way to stimulate your child’s musical sense. The twenty-six bells have different tones and you and your child can spend tons of time playing around with them, creating unique melodies as your child learns to distinguish between the tones. Kids love musical sounds of all types and the bells will fascinate them. This can be combined with the use of drums and maracas, among other instruments, to engage the children into making music.
Traditional building blocks are another Montessori toy that can provide hours of educational fun at home. They can be used to build homes, monuments, or simply manipulate into towers and forms. Building blocks foster creativity and engage kids for long periods of time. Through the use of blocks, kids learn about eye-hand coordination as well as about balance, shape, size and even weight. Kids love building blocks and the whole family can join in and enjoy with them.
Magnetic alphabet letters are another way to bring the Montessori experience into your home. Using these letters, kids continue to learn about language and its use. You can use the letters to teach your younger children the alphabet. As they play with the letters, they begin to recognize what each letter looks like and with the guidance of mom and dad or older siblings, what the letters sound like. For older children who are learning to write, it’s fun to have them begin make small poems, or leaving short messages for other members of the family throughout the day.
For very young babies who are just beginning to be mobile, what is more fun than getting down on the floor and playing with them? Stimulate their movement with a rolling ball toy, rolling it gently away from them as they reach for the toy, to keep baby moving forward. Baby will exercise, stretch and even try to coordinate movements to get to the toy.