Montessori Work at 18 Months

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Since Mia approaching 18 months I added some new materials on our Montessori shelf. She is still using Montessori Work from 12 to 14 Months. On her shelf she has:

Lime wooden rainbow, Grimm’s 17 cm – Brilliant, simple toy that develops and encourages imaginative play.

Wooden Pattern Blocks – I really like this set because Mia will be able to see how shapes are used in context when she is a little older and she can actually hold and feel shapes (in flat 3D) as opposed to just looking at them in books. She is only 18 months so still too young to really get the full educational value of this but she does like playing with it and will sit happily with it for a good while, which is really just want I wanted for her age.

Pairing Fruits – the child matches pictures to the fresh fruits.

Pouring Dry Materials – to refine pouring skills. This is introductory/early pouring activity, which uses a variety of dry materials for pouring prior to introducing water.

Rainbow Stacker Wooden Ring Educational Toy – It is a nice size for little ones, excellent to grasp the stacking concept.

Simple Velcro Dressing Frame – A frame specially designed for the younger child to learn basic fastenings they are likely to encounter on their clothes. Show the child how to pull the Velcro open, starting at the top of the frame and pulling down. When doing up the Velcro, show the child how to press the two sides together.

Transferring Dry Materials – to refine use of a spoon. By age of 18 months most of the children have used spoon, the materials used to transfer and the noise they make will be the great point of interest. Mia loves this activity.

Threading Large Beads – to develop and refine threading skills. Children need good eye/hand co-ordination and the ability to use both hands for threading.

And that’s it! There’s usually 3-4 of these out at one time, I rotate as Mia loses interest in what’s on the shelves, or if I notice that she is gravitating toward a specific skill.

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad


    Love these! We´re so going to try this with our little guy :). Love that our kids are close in age so i can always immediately start the activities you post

    • Leky83

      Glad you like it. Thanks Tineke.

  • Sane Mama


    I love these suggestions, I wish I’d seen this when my children were this age. These are so simple but it’s easy to see how much learning is involved for this age group.

    • Leky83

      Thanks Sane.

  • Joanna


    The pairing the fruits activity looks really neat! This is a great list. I will have to try some of them with my twins.

    • Leky83

      Thanks Joanna.

  • Beth


    These are some great suggestions, and most people already have them in their home! Well done!

    • Leky83

      Yes some of these are really easy to set up for little people. Thanks Beth.

  • Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups


    Great ideas! We’ll need to try a few.

    • Leky83

      Thanks Ashley.

  • All Babied Up


    So much fun! Thanks for the post!

    • Leky83


  • Brit Strawbridge


    These are really neat! I will have to look into what activities are good for 3 year olds! Thanks for sharing!

    • Leky83

      Thanks Brit.

  • Melanie


    I definitely wish I had seen these items when my kiddos were smaller.

    • Leky83

      Thanks Melanie.

  • Ami Gandhi


    Interesting. I attended Montessori as a child and remember many of the activities but it’s nice to understand the developmental purpose the activities, so thank you!

    • Leky83

      I’m so glad you like it, thanks Ami.

  • Kate AL


    I’m going to try to do some of these with my 18 month old… The fruit one might get tricky though, because he loves fruit so much he just can’t control himself around it!

    • Leky83

      My daughter was same in the beginning (she also loves fruits) but after few times she was fine. Thanks Kate.

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms


    These are awesome ideas! I will have to set some of these up for my daughter!

    • Leky83

      Thanks Vicki.

  • rachel


    These are fantastic ideas! I’ve been looking for ideas for my one year old!

    • Leky83

      Thanks Rachel.

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