A lot of parents have heard about the Montessori approach, and most of them are very keen in learning how to turn their home into a Montessori home. But I have often heard parents not even attempt this because of the perceived high cost of creating a Montessori home.
But while it can be very expensive, building a Montessori home can also be extremely affordable, if not cheap, when done little by little. Here are four Montessori activities you can immediately put together with items commonly found in every kitchen.
Learning How to Pour from a Cup
Grab a cookie sheet and place it on your coffee table. Place two small cups on the cookie sheet. If your child has little cups for his play kitchen, those would work well. You can also look up how to make an origami cup out of any piece of paper lying around your house. You can also use anything that your child can easily wrap his hand around; if you eat single serve yogurts, you can use those, as well.
Pour a small amount of dry rice in one cup. Ask your child to either stand or sit by the coffee table, and slowly pour the rice from one cup into the other one.
That’s it; you have your first Montessori-inspired activity.
Learning How to Transfer with a Spoon
Grab a cookie sheet and place it on your coffee table. Place two small or medium containers on the cookie sheet. If your child has little bowls for his play kitchen, those would work well. You can use two soup bowls, or make an origami bowl out of any piece of paper lying around your house. Place a spoon on the cookie sheet. You can alternate between a small spoon and a big spoon.
Pour a small amount of dry beans in one bowl. You can alternate between larger sized ones, such as lima beans, medium ones, such as pinto beans, and tiny ones, such as mung beans. Ask your child to either stand or sit by the coffee table and transfer the beans from one bowl to the other using the spoon.
There you go; you have your second Montessori-inspired activity.
Playing with “Sand”
Grab that cookie sheet again and place it on your coffee table. You might want to remove your carpet for this one. Place a small amount of corn mean on the cookie sheet. Place a fork, a spoon, a spatula, and anything else that can be used to manipulate the corn meal on the table. Ask your child to either stand or sit by the coffee table; pick one of the utensils and trace through the corn meal.
Guess what? You have your third Montessori-inspired activity.
Transferring Water with a Sponge
Grab that trusty cookie sheet and place it on your coffee table. Grab two bowl and place them both on the cookie sheet. Pour a bit of water in one of them. Cut a small square out from your dishwashing sponge and place it on the cookie sheet. Ask your child to either stand or sit by the coffee table. Pick the sponge and place it in the bowl of water. Then squeeze the water out into the other bowl.
Final Thoughts on Building a Montessori Home
There are a lot of ways of integrating the most important Montessori principles in your day-to-day life in a very affordable way. While it will require changing your approach and the way you use certain objects and spaces in your home, it does not have to break the bank. In upcoming posts, we are going to continue exploring various ways to use commonly found objects in your home to create Montessori-inspired activities and learn how to change our homes according to Montessori principles.