Which Montessori Sensorial materials to buy for 2s & 5s
I have just started to prepare for homeschooling my two and five-year-old in the Montessori Method. My daughter did attend a Montessori preschool last year but it is no longer feasible. I have already started to prepare my environment and made all my Practical Life lessons for my two-year-old. I have limited resources so I need to know what Sensorial equipment that can’t be made and which is absolutely necessary to buy. Please help.
2. Dry pouring activity. When to buy/make: Your toddler shows an interest in pouring, especially while eating, like pouring out her cup of milk! Put out a dry pouring activity. Wait and see if your toddler shows any interest! Remember to use large pasta or large objects for pouring, and test it out yourself, first.
1. Stacking Boxes. When to buy/make: Your toddler stacks and or piles objects around the house, like books, blocks, containers, shoes, food containers, cups...If you don't want to afford a Pink Tower from a Montessori supplier, try an alternative stacking activity, like wooden stacking boxes (harder to use because they are hollow, so use three or four to start out with). You can also buy decorated cardboard stacking boxes.
2. Pink Tower: You can use four to start with.
3. Cylinder Block One: differs in two dimensions, height remains the same. Language: thick, thin.
Your five-year-old can do most Sensorial activities using a blind-fold.
Montessori Sensorial materials recommended for four-year-olds: Smelling Bottles, Sound Cylinders, Geometric Cabinet and Cards, Thermic Bottles, Color Box 3, and Baric Tablets.
For more ideas on Montessori and other activities for two-year-olds, I suggest:
1. Awakening Your Toddler's Love of Learning by Jan Katzen-Lucenta
2. Child's Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler by Maja Pitamic
3. First Art : Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Renee F. Ramsey, Dana Bowman, Katheryn Davis
You may also be interested in my Montessori and homeschool ebooks, PDFs and programs at Montessori for the Earth.