It’s here! The 12 Days of Montessori ChristmasÂ to get you inspired to do “school” this holiday season while having fun celebrating.
I’m excited to share with you Montessori-inspired Christmas activities for infants/toddlers and preschoolers. Over the next 12 days, I’ll post an activity for each group every day. I’ll be revisiting some from the archives, sprucing them up, and adding new activities as well.
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Come back on Saturday for a Christmas project link-up. If you need ideas,Â PinterestÂ is a great place to browse!
Practicing In and Out
This is a simple activity you can make at home and gear toward different ages and abilities in the infant/toddler spectrum. I used an old icing can, covered it in construction paper, stuck a sticker to make it look pretty, and cut a whole in the top.
This is ideal for older infants who are interested in putting things in and taking them out. For Otto, we’re working with straws. He still puts everything in his mouth, so I wanted the object to be something safe.
Have the straws (or other objects) in front of the child and demonstrate how to put the straw in the jar. Then let the child have his/her turn. A younger child will need help removing the lid to take out the straws, unless you cut a whole big enough for their hand, which would depend on the size of the container.
For children who don’t put things in their mouth, you might try using chenille sticks or pencilsÂ supervised. It’ll give a different texture and/or sound.
Extension 1: Chenille Sticks
Extension 2: Pencils
A pretty simple activity and all you need is miniature (plastic) ornaments, an ice tray, and a basket to hold the ornaments. Have the child put an ornament in each space on the ice tray.
For an added challenge, add tongs to the mix.
Â That’s it for Day 1 of 12 Days of Montessori Christmas. Come back tomorrow to see what’s next!