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A Montessori Play Shelf at 23 Months

I'm deep into my 1st trimester with 3.0 and days are feeling long and slow and hard. Nora has been feeling it too as the usual flurry of activity has ground to a halt. Non-essentials have fallen to the side as I struggle to find the energy to just do the basics.

But, the end is in sight, because some days I feel alright, even a little more than alright. Tired, but not nauseous, sleepy but not pure exhaustion. And, today I took advantage of that and switched over one of Nora's shelves, so here's a look at her Montessori play shelf at 23 months

A look at a Montessori play shelf at 23 months old! Here are some Montessori friendly toy ideas for nearly 2-year-olds.

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She has three main shelves in our home for her to use each with three or four toys just for her -- one in our kitchen play area, one in her bedroom and this one. So, even a few changes have been a welcomed sight! 



The new offerings called to her immediately as she examined them. When I watch her play, I'm always so shocked by how big she is becoming, how mature her movements are, how gentle she can be. 

Shelf holds:  Vintage Small Knobbed Vehicle Puzzle {similar to this or this}; 4 piece shape sorter {similar}; Animal Finger Puppets 


A tower that would have fallen over a few short months ago, stands tall. And, just a small smile crawls across her face as she completes a new puzzle. Work is returned to the shelf when completed. She still has some signs of baby in her. Lots of wandering and seeking opportunities for reaching maximum effort. Her favorite thing to do still seems to be just crawl all over me and getting cuddles. And of course, the marker marks she scribbled on her feet. 

Nora plays with this stacking pyramid

A look at a Montessori play shelf at 23 months old! Here are some Montessori friendly toy ideas for nearly 2-year-olds.

Its hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, Nora will be 2. And in a few months, she will be the big sister. I'll enjoy the small glimpses of babyhood and the amazing changes that independence, skill and maturity of 2 bring.


What does your older 1-year-old enjoy? Have you seen an increase in interest in toys/work or is it all gross motor? 

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Comments

Unknown said…
This is so sweet. Nora is adorable. My son is 19mos and he'll be a big brother in November so I feel this post! I just switched out some of his toys& activities too as I'm starting to feel more "normal." Hang in there. You're not alone! :-)
-Amanda
Unknown said…
My 17 month amazes me every day she's loving shape sorters and simple peg puzzles and is becoming even more of a funny little character
Audrey said…
Eves is a constant joy at the moment. Everything she does (even the naughty things!) make me smile. Her favourite activities are matching - she sings a little song while she packs up (from daycare, so cute!). Good luck xox

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