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Montessori Toddler Work 15 to 20 months

This is a long overdue post! Nora is now 26-months-old, but somewhere along the way this post got lost. Here are some of the Montessori and Montessori inspired work that Nora was using at this time. 


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I do feel like I should mention that at this time Nora wasn't super into shelf work. She would work in spurts but much of her time was focused on gross motor and maximum effort play. You will also notice many of these works aren't fancy or store bought, but many did the job just fine! 

These also weren't all out at one time. I maybe had one to three of these out at a time in addition to some of her Montessori friendly toys. This way her shelves were a good mix of many types of activities to fit her needs. 

1:1 Correspondence Work: We started with a small container like this and moved to larger containers and more objects.



Color Themed Treasure Baskets


Dry Pouring with Beans -- this was done sparingly when Nora seemed to need a dumping outlet. Typically pouring at this age should be done more naturally -- like pouring a glass of water to drink.


Dry Spooning: Again this was used rarely and under supervision. Most spooning was done in a more natural way this was just as a supplement from time to time.


Dot Painting


Object-to-Object Matching: Here using small Grimm's dolls


Shape Matching Open and Close Basket: Taking lids on and off small boxes where only difference is the shape 



Large Bead Lacing: using pipe cleaner which offers a bit more stability than string but less than a stick 


Simple Stickers


Zip Pouch: Placing and removing smallish objects (some times large wooden coins or large pom-poms) from a zippered pouch


Pin Pushing: Using floral or craft foam and toothpicks (sharp or blunt depending on your comfort level)


Simple Posting Work: made from this game.


I'm sure there were other things that graced Nora's shelves during this time period. And the time periods are pretty fluid. Some of these things Nora would be still interested in today. You really just need to follow your own child's interests, skills and abilities! 

What Montessori work does your 1-year-old likes to do? 

If you liked this post, don't miss: Montessori Work from 12 to 14 Months; Montessori Friendly Toys 16 to 19 Months

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