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IKEA Practical Life -- 4 Ways

I love IKEA! It has so many Montessori friendly items at great prices for families - especially practical life items. But there are so many options that it can be overwhelming to walk into the store and figure out what would work together for a specific purpose. 

So, I thought I would put together a few examples for practical life! These are just one possible combination that you could come up with for these areas.

Hand Washing

Hand washing is a staple in a Montessori home. For older babies and toddlers, a small hand washing station can help children do it independently. Here's one way you could set it up in your home. 

Practical life ideas from IKEA for Montessori homes
Large bowl + pitcher + nonslip tray + table (cut to size) + sticky hook + washcloth = $48.44 {USD}

Flower Arranging

Flower arranging is a favorite for toddlers and older children alike. It's so simple to put together with some fresh flowers and a small tray on a shelf! Here's what it could look like.

Practical life ideas from IKEA for Montessori homes
vase (vase, vase) + pitcher + funnel + tray = $29.95

Window Washing 

Window washing is another favorite of toddlers and older children. You can assemble these materials in the bucket and place the stand near a window/mirror for them to clean. Here's one option for window washing:

Practical life ideas from IKEA for Montessori homes
bucket + spray bottle + squeegee + washcloth + small stand = $25.46

Plant Care

Plant care is so fun and a great way for small children to participate in their homes. Here's one way you could set it up: 

Practical life ideas from IKEA for Montessori homes

Hopefully this inspires you to create some opportunities for practical participation in your home. There are tons of ways to create these same activities using different materials, so use these as inspiration! 

Practical life ideas from IKEA for Montessori homes

I had fun making these! Is there another practical life or Montessori home idea from IKEA you would like to see? 
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