January 25, 2014

Montessori Valentine's Activities for Toddler's


Get ready for a whole lot of pink. hehe!! 
I can't help it pink is my favorite color and when it is getting close to Valentine's Day, I get a little pink crazy. I hope you like pink, and I hope you enjoy our Toddler Valentines activities. 
This is our Valentines table, I set it up when Baby Bell was taking her afternoon nap. I wanted it to be a nice surprise when she woke up. Like most toddlers she loves activities, and learning new things. So I tried to incorporate several different things that are good for a toddler to work on. Sensory, fine motor skills, listening skills, and more. So here you will see building blocks, a felt board and hearts, Valentine play dough, story stones, transferring pom poms, her color pegs, and flower arranging. She loved it all from the minute she saw the table.
These peg dolls I made for her for color recognition and play. For the next couple of weeks as you can probably tell, we are working on Pink and Red. 
The story stones I thought would be fun, since they are very simple. Most contain a picture she can look at or one word, what I do (since she isn't really talking yet) is we look at a stone and I tell her a short story (a few sentences) that has to do with the picture she is holding. If you have an older child that is talking then they can tell you a story about their rock. It is so much fun and really helps the child to use their imagination. If you would like to make your own story stones head over to My Little Bookcase for the easy directions and check out her amazing blog.   
Bells loved her heart shaped play dough, I used my homemade recipe and added a little raspberry extract for smell. The perfect Valentine touch, I thought. In the end all of the hearts were balled up, but that's okay, this was just for her to get those finger muscles working. 
 Working on Transferring pom pom balls was one of her favorite activities. She has been working on this for days, she really enjoys transferring anything.
Of course for pink week I had to put Bells in pink princess clothes. I can't help myself ;)
Flower arranging is considered a practical life activity or lesson in the Montessori education, however I truly believe each child can benefit from arranging flowers. For Bells I wanted to use something sturdy that wouldn't tip over as she was putting her flowers in. So I choose to use a mason jar, I hole punched the lid about 10 times for the holes and added water. Then Little B showed Bells how to take the flowers one by one and place them into a hole.
This was Miss Bells favorite activity of the week. She loves the pretty flowers and she did a great job arranging them.
Don't forget to let your children stop and smell the flowers. Life should not be rushed through, we could all learn from the children by taking time to enjoy the things around us.
Be sure to come back for part 2. It ended with a big surprise to momma.

 

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15 comments:

  1. This is so sweet! I love your toddler-friendly version of flower arranging - what a great idea! Raspberry play dough sounds divine, too :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. This is so beyond adorable!! My guys just loved spooning pom poms as well:) Thank you!!

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  3. All good ideas. My son did some flower arranging earlier this week and enjoyed it.

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  4. What A Sweet Bonding And Learning activity!

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  5. What A Sweet Bonding And Learning activity!

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  6. Thank you so much to everyone :) for your thoughtful comments.

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  7. Love the flower arranging. I will have to remember that when our tulips come up in the spring!!

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  8. What a great way to allow little ones to try out flower arranging. I am wondering how exactly you got holes into the lid though.
    We love pompoms for activities here too. If only my children would stop running off with them.
    Your little one is such a sweetie. Glad to have found your blog
    I would love for you to stop by and share on my recently revived Toddler Ideas Tuesday linky. I will be featuring 2-3 posts every week, linking back to the original post.
    I hope to see you at Tots and Me.
    http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2014/01/toddler-ideas-tuesday-january-28th-2014.html
    Have a great evening.

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  9. Good morning, I am so glad you stopped by to link up with Toddler Idea Tuesday. I wanted to let you know that yours is one of the featured posts this week. I am looking forward to future posts, you have some wonderful ideas.
    I hope to see you over at Toddler Idea Tuesdays again!
    Have a great day

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    1. WOW, thank you, I am so glad you liked it.

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  10. these are so beautiful!!! loved the colours and your girl looks so content there!

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  11. This is gorgeous in presentation! I LOVE it! :) I need to try flower arranging with my little boy and also the story stones look like a TON of fun! :)

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