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Montessori Toddler Materials at Nearly 3-Years-Old

The closer Nora gets to 3-years-old, the more I realize her interests are changing and growing faster and faster. She is starting to use things in new and interesting ways! This has forced me to do some intense observation to try and figure out exactly what she needs out right now. Nora's Montessori toddler materials at nearly 3-years-old include a variety of fine motor trays, language, and now sensorial work! 

Montessori toddler materials at nearly 3-years-old. A look at toddler activities in a Montessori home.

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Here's a look at her tray work! 

Shape Sorting -- she kept asking for me to take this out and has used a bunch, I thought we were past it! 

Bead Lacing -- she is moving away from this and so actually removed it after I took a picture. 

Simple jigsaw puzzles -- this is a vintage puzzle that is getting to the end of its life, but Nora loves it. Here's a similar style

Lacing with Needle -- a simple DIY to introduce sewing, she is also moving on from this to a slightly more difficult version.

Montessori toddler materials at nearly 3-years-old. A look at toddler activities in a Montessori home.

Shape and size sorting puzzle -- fun puzzle that is still a huge challenge for her. 

Foam Block Sorting -- a DIY sorting 3D shapes, this is very easy for her, but she loves it. 

Basket of Cars -- almost a staple on our shelves for the last year.

Color Mixing Circles -- a DIY idea from my friend Amy at Midwest Montessori 

Creatures Matching Cards -- these cards are wonderful matching tools and help to build language skills. Right now she is picture to picture matching with them since we have other memory work. 

Montessori toddler materials at nearly 3-years-old. A look at toddler activities in a Montessori home.

Mystery Bag -- more to come on this, but working on stereognostic sense.

Nesting Dolls -- she uses the whole set, including two even smaller dolls that she wouldn't give up for the picture. Similar doll here

Twisting Toy -- this is part of a larger toy that she really enjoys right now.

Picture Puzzle -- this is an amazing vintage puzzle, the pictures under the pieces don't match but show what the inside of the house looks like, providing a great challenge. 

Montessori toddler materials at nearly 3-years-old. A look at toddler activities in a Montessori home.

As a note, Nora also has access to several art trays, games, and a couple other open-ended toys (blocks and baby dolls mostly) in our home. However, this is the bulk of the materials available to her. 

Montessori toddler materials at nearly 3-years-old. A look at toddler activities in a Montessori home.

What is your nearly 3-year-old interested in?


Unknown said…
Your site always has great ideas! Right now my almost 3 years old favorite thing is to take everything off the shelf as soon as we start "work time". Do you leave your shelves reachable all the time?
Yes, this is her playroom, always available to her.
Rachael said…
What are your colour mixing circles made from? My searches just keep coming up with cellophane which i know is going to be really flimsy!
Beth said…
I'm curious to learn more about your mystery bag! We've done this a few times, and my son LOVES it. He likes to help set it up. I'd love to here how you are doing it.

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