DIY: I SPY / MATCHING/ SOUND GAME

Jasmine of Three Minute Montessori shared her DIY I Spy/ Sound Game last January, and her post gave me an idea to make our own using what we have at home. WHAT I USED: * Reusable Water Bottle we don’t use * Our miniature animals (THIS and THIS, also available locally via The Parenting Emporium) * Beads HOW WE PLAY IT: * We simply shake and play I-spy. * I have a basket for one set (from the Wild set), […]

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GROSS MOTOR MOVEMENT TOOL: YOUR GOOD, OLD LADDER

Gross Motor Skills — I cannot even begin to stress how important it is to allow a child work on this (For a quick read on what they are and why they’re important, click THIS). By nature, they know. They know they need to move in all sorts of ways (from walking to running to skipping to moving side to side to…falling, yes falling!) so that they can acquire the skills necessary for their own development, and sometimes, as parents, […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: PIN POKING (BEGINNERS LEVEL)

Hello, friends! Today, I’m sharing a super quick, easy-to-do DIY pin poking work for your toddler. I came up with this idea because my 26-month-old loves working with my mom’s push pins at her house (she has a huge corkboard on the wall), so I thought maybe it’s time I let him work with pins. Before we start with the usual pinning work in Montessori classrooms, I thought of introducing this just to let him get used to working with […]

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WASHABLE ART MATERIALS: NOT MONTESSORI ENOUGH?

Washable crayons. Washable paint. Washable markers. Erasable pencils. Washable stamp pads. Erasable Highlighters. Everything in our home right now is washable/erasable! This is my solution so I can allow my child to draw outside the paper/ blackboard/ intended surface for writing. My son, currently 2 years and 2 months old, is at that stage where he scribbles ALL DAY. He loves working on pencils and chalks and paints so much that instead of toys, our must-have for his going out […]

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KEEPSAKE IDEAS FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY

Do you sometimes wish your child stops growing? I do, but I also know that aside from that being impossible, it’s a very selfish thing to wish (thankfully, nature is on his side)– I mean, my son needs to keep growing for himself. He needs it for his own survival. We cannot stop time, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s really true: the days may be long, but the years are short. My son is only 25 months, yet […]

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QUICK DIY: LIGHTBOX TABLE

I’ve always wanted a lightbox table, but my husband hasn’t found time to make one. In the meantime, I brought our container from IKEA (that I bought with this DIY lightbox in mind) and did an easy, quick DIY lightbox table that we could bring with us anywhere anytime. MATERIALS NEEDED: Frosted Container/ Box (ours is from IKEA, you can check their containers for their Trofast/ Flisat line). You can also use glass if you’re comfortable with glass. A camping […]

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DIY COLOR GRADATION MATCHING WORK

Gradation is a technique where colors gradually transition from one color to another, and as I encounter fixing color cards (or blocks, or anything!) from lightest to darkest, I begin to realize how hard it can really be sometimes – especially when the colors are too close to each other. This is one of the basic skills Montessorians heavily support – from the Gobbi mobile to the color tablets, and homemade activities like this one. My son is very familiar […]

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OUR CHRISTMAS SHELF 2018: EASY-TO-SETUP ACTIVITIES FOR OUR 2-YEAR-OLD

Our Christmas shelves are up in time for December! These are the activities I put on our 25-month-old’s shelves based on his current interests and skills. Hope this inspires you to observe your child and follow his/her lead, too. I put 2 years old on the title in case that’s what you’re looking for, but really, each child is different, with different interests and skill levels, so hope these give you an idea on how you can present your materials […]

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OUR CHRISTMAS SETUP 2018

Year 2018. My son is now 2 years old. 25 months to be exact as I write this. Last year, I decorated our home for Christmas by following his lead. This year is the same – but with a few changes and additions depending on his current interests and skills. If you want to see how I decorated last year, go HERE. Our living room looks similar from last year – still a fun game in the middle for everyone! […]

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DIY PROJECT: HOMEMADE WATERCOLOR SET

Publishing my 2014 post on DIY Watercolor Set from my other blog here since I figured many parents will also appreciate this! A really easy and fun way do make your own watercolor set. And the best part is – everything is actually edible, so you know the exact ingredients of your child’s material. Just a note: I know it says it lasts for a long time in the video I will share down below, but in my experience, it […]

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