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Montessori-inspired hands-on activities with vehicles. How to make the most out of the toys

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Hi, thanks for stopping by! I am here to share with you some ideas for activities with vehicles. These are many children's favourite toys, and today I want to prove that used in educational activities, they will provide fantastic hands-on, learning through play experience.  I categorized the activities into three groups: beginner-friendly, intermediate and advanced. Now, this is only to guide you, all kids develop slightly differently, so please do not feel bad if your kid didn't master one of the skills mentioned yet.  All of the activities are very engaging, most of them are hands-on and Montessori-inspired (presented slightly differently than the standard on the tray Montessori way, though). I hope you enjoy reading and try some of these activities out 😊

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
LEARNING THE NAMES OF THE VEHICLES AND THE SOUNDS THEY MAKE
When you realise that your baby is excited any time they see a particular vehicle, follow their lead and teach them the name of that vehicl…

What is on our Montessori-inspired shelves: counting and number recognition activities

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Hello, thanks for stopping by! I am here today to share with you the activities that I set up for my 3-years old son to support his interest in counting. 

Before I begin, I want to say a few things: teaching children number recognition and counting makes sense only once they have shown an interest in them, there is no need to force toddlers to master those skills,I prepared most of these activities a while ago when I was testing out a laminating machine, which was playing up and I finally needed to return it. That's why there is so much plastic in here. 
I hope you enjoy reading and try some of these activities out 🙂


NUMBER PUZZLE
On the first shelf, I have 2 activities. The first one is ten 2-piece puzzles from North Parade Publishing Ltd. (I found them in TKMaxx). The child simply counts the items on one half of a puzzle and matches it to the corresponding number on the other half. What is important, only the correct pieces will fit together, so this is a fully self-correcting activ…

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST USE OUT OF TOYS

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Hello! I am here today to share with you some ideas on how you can make the most out of the toys your child already owns. It will save you money, time and stress because we all know that clutter is overwhelming. 

OBSERVE YOUR CHILD
To start, I would suggest observing your child for a few days, to check what they actually play with and what type of toys they are mostly drawn to. Also, which toys they never, ever use.
If you have a lot going on in your life, and loads of things to remember about, I would suggest making a list of often used and never used toys, it will make the next steps much easier for you. 

RE-ORGANIZE YOUR CHILD'S PLAY SPACE Once the list is ready, you can re-organize your child's play space. Decluttering is fantastic! Most of the children don't play with their toys because they simply have too many of them. Of course, this step is optional. Next, you can divide the toys that you're keeping into two groups, and hide one of them away. Then you swap the toys …

THE IMPORTANCE AND BENEFITS OF LOOSE PARTS PLAY

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Hi, thanks for stopping by! I am here today to tell you how important the loose parts play is for a child's development. In this article, you will find ideas on how to incorporate loose parts into everyday play, how to present them, and what materials to choose. I hope you enjoy reading! 


What are loose parts?
Perhaps you've seen your child playing for hours with empty bottles, a ladle or pieces of wood before. Choosing loose parts over traditional toys. Kids are those who see no limits when it comes to playing possibilities, so when provided with the right materials, they can make more uses out of them, than any adult would.
By the 'right materials,' I mean simple, open-ended elements which the child can manipulate in multiple ways. There are no restrictions or instructions for playing with loose parts, so the child is free to decide what that acorn or a wooden block becomes.


What are the benefits of the loose parts play?
Loose parts encourage creativity, critical thinking…