It was lovely to have had a few folks make it for the morning presentation of Montessori in the Home this week! If you missed it, I’ll be presenting again in the evening, on Tues., Oct. 10th at 5:30pm.
Please check out the below list of recommendations and links to various kitchen tools, activities, furniture, and more!
Hope you can take some time to check out the various items on these lists and start implementing some into your home!
If there’s something you’re still curious about, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Best, Reena (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FOOD PREP/KITCHEN ITEMS:
For Small Hands (lots of great options here, more than just for the kitchen!):
Brush and dust pan (for floor crumbs)
Small brush and dust pan (for table crumbs)
Amazon has a lot of the above items as well, and here are a few more I like to order from them:
Apple slicer (makes them thinner than most corers)
FOR MEALTIME: PLATES, GLASSES, PITCHERS, UTENSILS
I’m a big fan of these C & B drinking glasses (they’re sturdy and a great size)
You can find lots of good stuff through Amazon as well!
Medium pitcher (with lid)
Children’s cutlery set (much cheaper find than Small Hands!)
Children’s cutlery set (with spreading knife)
Plates (set of 10)
Bowls (set of 6)
Target also has good options. I’ve found the Corelle brand plates/bowls to be durable and not too heavy for little hands.
Salad plates are a good size for meals
Snack bowls (6 oz) are a good size for cereal, yogurt, etc.
TRAYS and SMALL BOXES
Small tray (for food prep, for activities/work materials at home)
Tray with larger lip (for bigger items, so they don’t fall out too easily)
Smaller boxes such as these, are great for storing items such as small cars, small dolls, small animal figures.
Here are a few table and chair options:
Amazon table and chair set (for little ones, 0-2 years)
Amazon table and chair set (3-6 years)
Kidcraft table and chair sets (lots of options here)
Stools and Learning Towers
Step stool (good for having near the toilet)
Amazon loft bed (my girls started using this when they were 3 and 1.5, we put a mattress underneath, and made it into bunk beds)!
Ikea 4 section cube (great for puzzles or small basket items)
Amazon 12 section shelving
Low bookcases are also great for puzzles, a few toys, etc.
Ideas for displaying books:
A few options through Kidcraft
TOYS/ACTIVITIES IDEAS (open-ended items are best for fostering imagination and creativity!)
Play-doh (with just a few tools)
Barn and Farm animals
Knobbed puzzles (for building fine motor grasp)
Large beads (for 0-3)
Small beads (for 3+)
OTHER DO-IT-YOURSELF ACTIVITY IDEAS (as pictured here)!
Open-Close (using various containers, pouches, etc, with small objects inside)
Playing with shaving cream on a tray or plate!
Give your child empty boxes of all sizes to create and imagine with!
Give your child sheets to build forts
Offer various art materials (paints, crayons, markers, stamps, glue) and various papers to create with.
Offer various fabrics for your child to play with (dress up, forts…)
“Sink and Float” experiments: have your child hypothesize then test out in a bowl of water, one object at a time (such as a cork, coin, button, paper-clip, small plastic toy, etc) and then categorize objects as “sinks” or “floats.”
“Heavy to Light” sorting: go on a nature walk and collect leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. and have your child put objects in order of heaviest to lightest
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARENTS:
Montessori Madness – Trevor Eisler
Simplicity Parenting – Kim John Payne
The Importance of Being Little – Erika Christikis
The Whole Brain Child – Siegal and Bryson