As childminders, our top priority is providing the best possible care and education for the children in our charge. And what better way to do that than by incorporating some Montessori-inspired activities into our daily routine? Montessori education focuses on hands-on learning, independence, and letting kids be kids.
Here are three simple, fun, and educational Montessori activities that you can try with the children in your care:
- Pouring and transferring: This activity promotes hand-eye coordination and concentration. Set out two containers, one filled with water or rice, and the other empty. Provide a small pitcher or scoop and encourage the child to pour or transfer the material from one container to another.
- Sorting and matching: This activity promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. Set out a tray with a variety of objects, such as different coloured buttons, pom-poms, or shapes. Provide separate bowls or containers for each object and encourage the child to sort and match them based on size, colour, or shape.
- Nature exploration: This activity promotes sensory exploration and a love of nature. Take the children outside and encourage them to explore their surroundings. Provide a basket or bag for them to collect natural materials, such as rocks, leaves, or flowers. Use the materials to create art projects or sensory bins.
Incorporating Montessori-inspired activities into your daily routine is a great way to promote independence, build confidence, and foster a love of learning in your little ones. And the best part? These activities are simple, fun, and require minimal preparation. Give them a try and see how the children in your care respond!