It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Needless to say, I’ve been a bit busy. Our new baby arrived on July 13th. Doc William weighed in at 7lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long. He was born at home, and it was lovely.  So we’ve been adjusting to having him around :) Addison is in love…

Now that he’s been here a couple weeks, Addison is starting to get a little stir crazy. I’m still not crazy about being out and about for more than an hour or two at a time with Doc in tow, so I’ve been spending nap time trying to come up with some ways to add a little more structure and interest to Addison’s day at home. Today I put together some activities to keep her busy.

I’ve been reading up a bit more on Montessori learning activities. Today I set up the bookshelf in her play room to fit in with the Montessori philosophy a bit more. Each activity is in its own container, and they are all kept on the low shelves so she can access them when she wants. They are not all Montessori in nature, but I think allowing her to choose what she wants to do will be a nice change for her.

On the bottom is her dot markers and a couple of coloring books, and next to it is the space for a fun open-ended activity pictured below. Above that is a transfer activity using pom-poms and a spoon or chopsticks (she still hasn’t figured out how to use the chopsticks :), and her Fisher Price barn set for a little imaginitve play. Above that is her play-doh set, a shape stacker, and our first-ever sensory bin (more about that in a minute). Books are on the top shelf.

Today Addison learned that the activities in these containers must be played with on her green mat, and that they go back into the same containers when she’s done. So far, she’s done great.

Here’s the open-ended activity I just mentioned. It contains a half an egg carton, 6 plastic Easter eggs, and a bunch of “pretties” otherwise known as glass jems from the craft store. She had a blast filling the eggs with the “pretties” and then filling the egg carton.

When she was done, she promptly told me they needed to go in the refrigerator. So that’s where we put them..for a minute anyway.

Here’s a picture of the sensory bin I put together today.

There is no rhyme or reason to the items I included. I just tried to make it interesting. I pulled this out this evening and it was a TOTAL hit. She scooped and sorted for a good 40 minutes. Her concentration was pretty amazing. I will definitely continue to make these for her. I’m thinking I will change it out once a week or so.

This week we’ve been talking a lot about colors. Addison knows her colors pretty well at this point. I got a bunch of books from the library all about colors. This one is her favorite.

Teeny Tiny Mouse

We made some ballons in each color to hang in her play room. I got the idea for the balloons from one of my favorite blogs. She had a ball decorating the balloons. I set up the activity ahead of time by putting all the materials for each one in its own container. She could then grab the decorations she wanted to add by herself. It took us two days to complete the set.

Here’s a close-up.
It’s been a bit of a challenge keeping a busy two year-old happy while I’m also trying to care for a sometimes difficult newborn, but I think we’re finding our groove. Hopefully if I can stay on the ball with activities for Addison that will help a bit.
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Lindsay

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One Response to Montessori Shelves and Some Other Stuff

  1. Sarah says:

    LOVE it all! I’m going to put together a sensory bin with all the little random toys we have floating around. The challenge is keeping Milana away from/eating it 😉

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