Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2 Minute Montessori Activity -- Toddler Ball Drop

Need to keep a toddler entertained? Have 2 minutes? You need to make this! This easy ball drop has kept Nora, Henry and every other child that has come into our house in the last 2 weeks busy! There is just something about this simple material that has them all engaged. 


All you need for this ball drop is: 3 Gallon Water Jug, some ping-pong balls and another basket/bucket. Just set the jug somewhere next to the bucket/basket of balls, the temptation to place the balls will be too great for a toddler to ignore! Then, the toddler can tip the jug over to dump out the balls, and start again. 


There's an added challenged dumping the balls back into the smaller bucket. The container is large (but light) and the handle makes it easy to pick up! This motion is perfect for reaching maximum effort -- something toddlers crave! Also, it helps toddlers fulfill that desire to dump. The ping-pong balls add an extra layer of excitement, and bounce wildly inside the jug and when they are dumped. Their unpredictability has led to many giggles! 


So, if you need to entertain a toddler, grab a jug and some balls and set them free! Its an easy, Montessori inspired way to have fun this winter! How do you keep a toddler busy in the winter? Do you have a favorite easy Montessori idea? 




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