Self care is all about actions taken to maintain personal health and human development. Why not start teaching the basics now when they are toddlers.
Maria Montessori made it well known that what she called "Practical Life Skills", were very important for children to master. Practical life skills can mean so many different things, here I am going to show you how a toddler as young as 12 months can start to help care for herself.This is the set-up I used for Miss Bells this week. A few baby dolls, a bucket (it is what I had) If you have a lovely wash basin that would be perfect too, a washcloth, a blanket to wrap the baby, a cloth diaper, and a few books.
You can definitely do a pouring exercise (pouring a pitcher of water into the bucket) if your child is a little older. I haven't started that because Bells isn't ready to pour without a mess yet.
She washed the baby with the washcloth and then practiced on herself. It was so very cute.
We talked a lot this week about being gentle and loving. It is so nice to see her learning all of these wonderful skills.
We even had her new tooth brush set up for teeth brushing. These little baby teeth need cleaning too.
Our favorite books of the week were I Love You So...,, You Are My I Love You, and The Big Book of Beautiful Babies.
Even Peanut was getting lots of gentle love this week from Bells.
Toddlers are so eager to learn and they want to be so helpful at this age. Get them involved in your everyday routine and watch how they blossom.