DIY PLANT DECOR (FOR TINY SPACES AND DOLLHOUSES)

Many of you asked how I did our plants for our dollhouse. And really, it’s very easy! I’m not the type of DIY-er who takes a lot of time and effort to create something (that would be crafters and my husband) – i’m all for quick and cheap solutions that would add quality to our home. Are you ready to find out? It’s simple, really. All I needed were the following: small pots (I got these from Taiwan and have […]

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DIY: PRETEND FOOD GAME FOR TODDLERS

Do you have a toddler who loves food? My toddler loves to taste all sorts of food, and I believe our baby-led weaning approach has greatly helped in that. But of course, while we do allow him to eat sweets and treats, he cannot have that everyday. So, when I learned of this boardgame called Picnic from my sister, I thought I would make our own version at home since I already have a lot of food miniatures. It pretty […]

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DIY: OUR ART CORNER AT HOME (FOR ADULTS)

Many of you have asked about this wall in our home. My husband was the one who installed this, and because he does not like drilling the walls as much as possible, I’m happy to report that this could be done using only command hooks (browse HERE)! So this is what the BEFORE looked like. My sister let go of her DIY chairs (they painted it and had it reupholstered), and we got it from her. I love the look […]

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FUN BOTANICAL ART FOR CHILDREN

I’ve been following this type of art for a long time on Pinterest, but it wasn’t until my friend Monica posted about it that I realized, “hey! Even a non-creative person like me can do this, too!” Not as beautiful as the ones on Pinterest perhaps, but you know what, I found it to be a very therapeutic activity. It was the perfect timing. My stylist friends styled a wedding, and they had a lot of leftover plants after. I […]

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MONTESSORI SENSORY ACTIVITY: SMELLING JARS/ BOTTLES

We have many senses (five being the most commonly known ones, but there are at least 7, and in the Waldorf system, I was told there are so much more) – and they all serve different purposes. In Montessori education, refining of our senses is important because children shape their intelligence through their senses – visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, and olfactory impressions help a lot with brain development. Vestibular and proprioception, senses related to balance and knowing our location and […]

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PRINTABLE: BUTTERFLY MATCHING WORK

This butterfly matching work is pretty popular in Montessori communities. It’s such great work for young children – looking for the other half of the butterfly, or doing memory work. My son rarely touches the puzzle printables I introduce to him because he looks for that click store-bought puzzles make whenever he builds his puzzles. But the moment I showed this to him, he kept wanting to do it. We play our butterfly prints in two ways now that he’s […]

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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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