by Laura Berthiaume September 14, 2022 2 min read
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
- Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori and other developmental psychologists understood that young children learn using all their senses.
That’s why the Montessori classrooms offer materials that are rich with sensorial properties - sandpaper letters, kitchen and food prep activities, golden beads, etc
But you don’t need all the technical Montessori materials at home to provide lots of sensory learning opportunities.
All that you really need is to give your child the time and space for sensory learning. They already know how to do the rest.
The best places for sensorial exploration for infants and toddlers are outdoors and in the kitchen. Sensorial exploration happens naturally in these areas.
Oftentimes a child doesn’t even need instructions or an invitation, they’ll put their hands in the dirt or explore a bowl of flour. It’s almost as if sensorial exploration is calling to them.
Here are 8 activities that you can encourage in the kitchen or outdoors to promote sensory learning:
The key is to simply slow down and make time for sensory learning. Instead of hurrying through the day and minimizing the mess, think about all there is to gain by giving your child these experiences.
And while this does mean that thingswill often get a little messy, remember that they won’t learn like this forever and you can set limits.
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