My niece has been attending Le Port Montessori for almost 3 months now. At 2 years & 10 months she loves the small community and montessori materials. Recently, Sam & I joined the Le Port Mommy & Me class (age range 18 months-3 years). During our first Mommy & Me session I was amazed by Sam’s interest and ability to use the montessori materials, which they call “work”. I loved watching her move from activity to activity, while tuning her fine motor skills. She “worked” for almost 90 minutes. This got me thinking, I can recreate some of these types of activities at home. Here are 4 easy steps to follow to create your very own Montessori materials.
#1 Locate your nearest Thrift Store or Salvation Army (who knew the Salvation Army gave you such nice shopping bags)
#2 Look for a “home goods” or “kitchen” aisle and get shopping. On your list; trays, bowls, tongs, muffin tin, placemat, piggy bank and/or anything with holes. Be creative.
#3 Now that you have the essentials, take a trip to Michaels. On your list; pom-poms, small bells, wooden dowels, blocks, and more trays.
#4 Set-up your Montessori materials. The idea is that all “work” is stored on a shelf or table, accessible to your little one. They should play with one activity at a time and use their working mat. Once they are done with their work, they can return the tray back to the appropriate shelf and enjoy the next activity.
The Buckley household still has its fair share of Disney princesses and Dora figurines, but my hope is that through the use of these new “toys’ Sammy will “…develop a mastery-focus and a growth mindset.”