by Laura Berthiaume August 03, 2022 4 min read
Summer is the best season for Montessori work, in my opinion, especially for toddlers.
All those messy, sensory, and water activities can be taken outside so there's minimal clean up and you can truly let them explore.
Here's our 8 favourite summer Montessori activities that require little or no set up:
You're already working on these practical life activities, just include your child in them.
To do this, simply slow down and demonstrate. This requires a little extra patience but the confidence and satisfaction they get from helping is worth it.
Here's a couple activities that are easy and fun to include them in:
Corn is in season so invite your child to shuck corn with you. This is great practical life activity to develop fine and gross motor skills.
Summer is THE time for water play. Make it as simple or complicated as you like.
Set up a bin or bucket, add containers, a funnel, colander, scoops, small plastic toys, bubbles…anything you can thing of.
Get in tons of pouring and water transfer practice without any clean up.
Katie did a camping theme at her summer camp a few years ago and the children LOVED it.
She set up the tent for the children to play in all day. They learned about all the different equipment needed for camping, which is also great for language development.
This also might be helpful to do prior to a real camping trip so your child knows what to expect.
My four year old is thrilled to eat dinner if I simply bring it into the backyard and put a blanket down! It's a fun way to break up the dinnertime routine.
When preparing your picnic, you can talk about what you need and prepare the food together.
Just like water play, summer is also a great time for art and science experiments because you don't have to stress about the clean up as much.
This is such a simple and obvious one but you can probably start earlier it than you think. Buy a soft soccer ball and practice rolling, kicking, and throwing to each other. Playing together will not only develop gross motor skills but social skills - turn taking, cooperation, and awareness of others.
Even infants can engage in this play by rolling the ball back and forth to them.
If your toddler does not like to have sunscreen applied, there's a couple tricks you can try to make it a little easier:
When the weather is rainy or just too hot, check out our online program for indoor Montessori activities > https://info.themontessoriroom.com/at-home
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