One hallmark of the Montessori method of education is that play is integral to a child’s development and how they learn. A child’s play is their work!
But let’s be honest. Sometimes we need a little help with suggestions to not only keep our kids entertained but play with them in a way that is useful. If you’ve ever looked on Pinterest for activity ideas, you’ll love this book.
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The Quick Opinion
This book is great. Grab it at the library if you want to take a spin through it, but I’d highly recommend just grabbing an inexpensive used copy from Amazon. It’ll be one of the best $1 purchase you’ve made in a long time. (Talk about a great “Montessori dollar menu” item!)
A Fabulous Source for Ideas to Inspire Your Child’s Play
Child’s Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler by Maja Pitamic is a fabulous, quick-to-use book of activities that will allow your toddlers to examine the world around you while having fun. I fully believe in the Montessori Method and its concept that play is a child’s work (I’m paraphrasing.) If you do, too, then consider this a hands-on guide or manual.
And, surprisingly, you can find used copies on Amazon for less than $1! One of my requirements for my Montessori Method reading list this year is that each book can be found at my library, and my copy of Child’s Play came from our local branch.
The book’s set up makes it very practical and easy to use. Each activity is clearly labeled with the age for which it is appropriate, materials you may need, related activities to try (if applicable), and a tip box to help you make it more enjoyable for you and your child.Play is your child's way of engaging and making sense of the world... Maya Pitamic #homeschooling… Click To Tweet
With chapters like Exploring Senses, Coordination, and Language and Stories, it’s a resource that takes minutes to use. You are able to target specific learning areas or, as in Chapter 6 Out and About, find activities to help engage your children as you run errands during your day.
Many of the activities may remind you of games we used to play when we were kids. I love that it takes it back to simpler times, unplugged and tech-free, so even if you aren’t looking for a Montessori method based play time it will be useful to you.
Some may see inclusions such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It” as a repeat among more novel ideas, but I enjoyed seeing familiar rhymes and games that I may have forgotten about. It’s a good mix of the old and new, the easy and the complex, with activities that will take you minutes or could extend all afternoon if your toddler is having a blast.
Note to My Readers: This book contains activities for children 12-18 months and older. Because the word “baby“ was a large part of why I was drawn to this, I felt like it should have included activities for children less than a year old. Semantics, I know, but it’s why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Had there been additional ideas for the littlest of our loves, I would have called it a perfect resource.
What book would you recommend for playtime activities? Share it with me in the comments below so that I can add it to my own reading list! My youngest daughter will thank you.
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