Winter is such a fun time of year. With so many great winter books to explore we are always getting in a lot of reading and fun activities. This week we have already enjoyed The Gingerbread Baby with adorable Montessori inspired animal matching, and now we are adding The Mitten by Jan Brett. If you haven’t had the chance to read any of Jan Brett’s books, you should definitely check them out. Many of them have become best-selling classics that will bring you wonderful memories that last a lifetime.
Winter Toddler Activities
Lacing is always a great activity for young children. It helps their fine motor skills, hand muscles, hand eye coordination, concentration, and much more. Even if they have mastered the lacing it is still a great exercise to do and the kids really enjoy it. You can find this Mitten lacing card at 1+1+1=1.
Toddlers are so much fun and pairing activities with books is a great way to pack a lot of learning into short amounts of time. Meaning… We all know that toddlers don’t usually like to sit for very long, so if you pair a story with an activity you have a fun-filled 30 minutes and the child is excited about it.
If you have several toddler activities already organized and easy to set out, it makes your days flow so much easier. Not to mention you and your children will be learning, cuddling, and making memories.
Matching is also a great activity for you to do with your toddler. Going with the theme of the book, we used mittens for making pairs. One of the many things I love about the Montessori philosophy is Maria Montessori believed in using everyday items for learning experiences. So grab a few pairs of mittens and your child can work on matching them. You can also expand this lesson by using the mittens for patterns or sequencing them (small, medium, large/1st, 2nd, 3rd). So many different learning opportunities with one great book and a few things you probably already own.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”