Spring into Learning Fun: Montessori Activities for Your Toddler!
Written by: Monti Kids
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Incorporating hands-on, creative activities into your child's daily routine is a great way to sprinkle Montessori into your lives. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors and get crafty with your toddler. In honor of World Art Day, this Spring, we’re sharing four Spring DIY Craft activities for toddlers that are not only fun, but also promote fine motor skills, creativity, and exploration.
Four DIY Spring Toddler Activities
1. Nature Collage
One of the best things about Spring is the abundance of natural materials available for activities.
Take a Spring nature walk with your toddler and collect items such as leaves, flowers, sticks, and rocks. Once you've collected a variety of items, lay out some paper or cardboard and encourage your toddler to create a nature collage. This activity is perfect for promoting creativity and fine motor skills as your child manipulates the various materials to create a unique design.
To make this activity even more Montessori-inspired, use our child-sized Gluing Set - complete with toddler safe glue and brush - to affix them to their paper and enjoy for days to come. This promotes independence and helps build confidence as your toddler learns to use these tools on their own.
2. Flower Arranging
Flower arranging is a classic Montessori activity that toddlers can enjoy with a little bit of guidance.
Start by gathering a variety of flowers and a small vase or container. Encourage your child to explore the different textures and smells of the flowers before showing them how to arrange them in the vase.
This activity promotes fine motor skills as your child carefully picks up each flower and places it in the vase. It also promotes sensory exploration as they explore the different textures and smells of the flowers. Additionally, this activity teaches children about caring for living things and promotes responsibility as they learn to water and care for their flower arrangement.
To make this activity even more engaging for your child, you can also provide child-sized scissors to help trim the stems to the right length with your guidance and supervision - of course!
3. Spring Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are a great way to encourage exploration and creativity in toddlers.
For a Spring-themed sensory bin, start by filling a large container with materials such as dried beans, rice, or sand. Add in a variety of Spring-themed items such as plastic eggs, flower petals, and small gardening tools.
Encourage your child to explore the different materials and items in the bin. They can scoop and pour the beans or rice, bury and dig up the small items, and even practice sorting and categorizing the different materials.
This activity promotes sensory exploration and fine motor skills as your child manipulates the various materials. It also promotes cognitive development as they practice sorting and categorizing the items in the bin.
To make this activity even more engaging, go outside and find the items together using our Scavenger Hunt Activity Cards. Collect the items in a bucket and bring them home to add them to the bin.
"Imagination does not become great until (children), given the courage and strength, use it to create."
Dr. Maria Montessori
4. Handprint Flower Bouquet
With this craft, your toddler can create their own unique bouquet using their own handprints!
This activity is perfect for developing fine motor skills and encourages children to be creative in their design.
To start, you will need some paper, paint, and a paintbrush. Check out the Monti Kids Easel and Watercolors Set as a non-toxic, child-sized and safe option. Have your toddler paint as much or as little onto their hand as they’d like and then press it onto the paper to create a handprint. Repeat this process several times until you have several handprints on the paper. Then, using a paintbrush or their fingers, help your toddler add stems and leaves to the handprints to create flowers. Admire their artwork together.
If age-appropriate, once your child has created their flowers, help them cut them out and arrange them into a Spring bouquet. They can glue the flowers onto a piece of construction paper or card stock to create a beautiful Spring-themed card or decoration.
This activity encourages your toddler to develop their fine motor skills by manipulating the paintbrush and creating the handprints. It also encourages creativity and imagination by allowing them to design their own bouquet using their own handprints. Finally, the finished product can be used as a beautiful decoration or given as a gift, which encourages your child to appreciate the value of handmade items.
Incorporating Montessori-inspired activities into your toddler's daily routine can promote creativity, fine motor skills, and exploration. These Spring DIY Activities are just a few examples of the many activities you can do with your child to promote their development. Remember to follow your toddler's lead and encourage their independence as they explore and create.