Although I’m not a mother (yet), I am a daughter whose mother owns a wonderful Montessori daycare center up in the beautiful Vancouver city. Being a mother and a early childhood educator is definitely mentally and physically draining but the rewards are absolutely worth it – being able to watch your children grow makes the journey enjoyable and fun.
Children grow up so fast, every day is completely new and different so being able to spend time with your kids allows you to build and deepen meaningful connections which will leave lasting impacts on them as they grow into contributing adults in the future. By spending time with your children, I don’t mean amount of time you spend with time, I’m more focusing on the quality. One study shows that the amount of time a parent spends with their children broadly doesn’t impact their success, in fact, it’s all about quality over quantity (isn’t everything?) According to the research, success levels later in life are more closely linked to the quality of time parents spend with children than the sheer amount of time spent.
As much as you want to incorporate daily life activities like cooking and cleaning a game for the kids to participate in, sometimes you just need to get on your hands and knees and focus your attention on them. So in most cases, if you’re running out of ideas, Instagram, Pinterest are your best friends to get the latest and most extraordinary ideas from other moms.
Montessori-styled activities and daycare centers are becoming more and more popular lately due to its award-winning philosophy. If this term is new to you, Montessori is simply an innovative, child-centered approach to education developed a century ago by an Italian woman ahead of her time. This educational philosophy and practice foster rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development, with a goal of nurturing each child’s natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect.
Rather than simply filling children with facts, Montessori education strives to nurture each child’s natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect. So, without further ado, here are my top five Montessori activities to do with kids!
Leveled Up Sidewalk Chalk
Level up your sidewalk chalk game by making some homemade sidewalk paint together. This mixture goes on nice and thick, and when it dries it looks like sidewalk chalk, plus, it easily rinses off with a garden hose. It’s also a fantastic outdoor Montessori activity for preschoolers to practice their early writing skills—letters, numbers, their name, sight words, etc.
INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIES:
- A sectioned container
- Cornstarch/corn flour
- Food coloring
- Small whisk
MIXING YOUR SIDEWALK PAINT:
- Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. cornstarch to each section of the container. Add a little less than 1/4 cup of cold water to each section.
- Whisk until the cornstarch has completely dissolved. You want your paint to be thick enough that it drizzles from the whisk.
- Add your food coloring and stir well.
- Now you’re ready to hit the sidewalk and make some art!
Toy Car Wash
Create a toy car wash in the backyard. As children gets older, they will definitely be starting to have an interest in how things move and work together. At the moment, this means cars, tractors, and anything with wheels. Have your little ones get them all muddy and then create a car wash to get their toy cars clean.
Montessori With Dad
Let’s get Dad involved in the fun too! Take dad’s shaving cream and spray it onto a table outside, add some food coloring, and let the babies play around in it. It’s a super cheap and easy way to have them engaged in how mixing colors together will create new colors. Talk about the perfect Montessori activity!
Simple Homemade Playdough
Make homemade playdough together! Playdough is such an easy and quick recipe, which can also be part of the fun. Have your little ones help you mix the ingredients to make the dough and cut it all up to make fun shapes.
Tie-Dye for the Big Kids
Tie-dye some items together. While this tie-dye design might be an activity better suited for older children, tie-dye is still a great Montessori activity for little ones. Teaching them that whatever they create is fun and unique is a great use of an afternoon in my mind. Check out this gorgeous DIY on HGTV!
Hope these few Montessori activities will spice up your family time for the summer! Feel free to comment below if any beautiful mothers or soon to become mothers have any more ideas or activities they want to share with us!
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