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Montessori Young Toddler 12 to 24 Months

This page is your resource for all things young toddler! These Montessori and Montessori inspired posts can give you ideas of what your child could be working on between the ages of 12 and 24 months. These months can be a busy time and work will not always look still and quiet. Even so, 1-year-olds are one of my favorite ages! These busy little workers are fun and engaging! 

Since there is a lot of change during this year, I have broken up this year into halves. Click whichever age group your child fits into for information and inspiration.

Montessori ideas and activities for young toddlers. These Montessori toddler ideas are prefect for toddlers between 12 months and 2-years-old.

When looking through these lists of articles, please remember that one of the most important parts of Montessori is to follow the child. Your child may not align perfectly with mine. Your child's interests may be completely different. Or they may be similar. Either is perfect. Trust your child, not this timeline! This is not meant to be a curriculum to follow just one family's example.

12 to 18 Months

Click here for articles on 12 to 18 month olds. 

18 to 24 Months

Click here for articles on 18 to 24 month olds. 

General Young Toddler Posts 

These articles apply to toddlers generally and can be useful throughout the toddler years.

Montessori Toddlers and Maximum Effort
Montessori Toddler Activities A to Z (Part 1)
Montessori Toddler Activities A to Z (Part 2)

Montessori ideas and activities for young toddlers. These Montessori toddler ideas are prefect for toddlers between 12 months and 2-years-old.


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