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A Lock and Key - Montessori Young Toddler Week 26

I've found that it's often the most simple things that will keep my children occupied for the longest time! And, once again, this simple work is no exception. A couple of weeks ago, I added a simple lock and key to Gus' shelves. Gus is very interested in posting work - that is putting something in something else. So, I thought this would provide an interesting challenge while still keeping in line with that interest. 

Montessori toddler activity - a lock and key

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The tray itself is quite simple. It's a standard lock and key I found in our junk drawer. I used some yarn to tie the key to the tray {similar}. I did this to make sure he wouldn't eat the key - which is unlikely but I can't watch him 100 percent of the time -- and to make sure the key wouldn't get lost. I was honestly more worried about an older child walking off with the key accidentally than Gus losing it. 


Since this work has been on his shelf, he has been using it quite a bit. It seems to be that perfect combination of challenge, interest, and frustration that Gus enjoys. At this point, he just places the key in the lock and removes it, he doesn't have the strength to turn the key. And, it takes work for him to get the key in, but he does it! 

Montessori toddler activity - a lock and key

So, if you're looking for a simple work for you to create for your toddler's shelf - get yourself a lock and key! It's lovely! 

Have you used a lock and key with your toddler? 
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