• Apr

Montessori magic: Simple activities for childminders and kids

Montessori magic: Simple activities for childminders and kids

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

By Ivy Steele