Montessori at Home: Reggio Inspired Activities to Try at Home“Children acquire knowledge through experience in the environment.” -Maria Montessori
During this time when many parents may find themselves juggling work and school from home, it can be difficult to keep our littles ones entertained, and more importantly, finding learning activities that don’t seem overwhelming after a long day.
We want to share with parents easy, simple, and engaging Montessori inspired activities that can be done without materials or materials already found at home. More importantly, these activities can teach little ones independence while enhancing their motor and sensory skills!
Everyday Life Activities
Window washing: A popular activity in Montessori classrooms and all you need is a small spray bottle and a sponge.
Sock Matching: Put your child in charge of matching socks during laundry time—it’s a great lesson in visualization, as well as responsibility.
Button sorting: (for older children): Give your child buttons of different size and color in little bowls for them to sort them in. Any type of object your child is interested in can be used for sorting!
Gluing: Give your child a small piece of glue and a paintbrush and show them how to use just a little bit of glue. The smaller the objects they’re gluing, the bigger the fine motor challenge.
Maker space: Designate a small corner or table for a “makerspace”. Keep a variety of objects there (things like boxes, toilet paper rolls, buttons, string) and encourage your child to construct whatever they like!
Math and Science Activities
Bring Me game: Practice with your child who is learning to count in a fun way! Say something like, “Bring me 6 red Lego bricks” or “Bring me 8 colored pencils”.
Sink or float: Use a tub of water (during bath time to avoid mess) and give your child a variety of objects. Ask them to hypothesize which will sink and which will float and then test their theory.
Living/non-living: Explain to your child the difference between living and non-living things—for example, a house plant is “living” but the pot it’s in is “non-living.” Make labels and let your child label things in your home as living or nonliving.
Gross Motor Activities
Jump rope: Such a simple activity, a small jump rope can easily be kept indoors, just show your child where they are allowed to use it to avoid any disasters!
Obstacle Course: Use things around the house like cushions, tents, chairs, ropes, anything to set up a fund obstacle course for your child according to their age. Even better, do it with them!
Dance breaks: While everyone in the house might find themselves drowned in work and responsibilities, take daily dance breaks with the entire family (let’s say, every 2 hours) to dance to your favorite jams to help pick up the mood. Dancing will help improve balance, coordination, and stability!”
We’d love to see how your family is practicing these Montessori Reggio activities at home! To make it even fun, share your pictures or videos doing these activities with us by tagging us or emailing it to [email protected]. We’ll share it on our page! We can’t wait to see how you Montessori at Home!