Easy & Engaging Montessori Activities for 18 months +

I remember my childhood as one where my mother gave me ample independence and involved me in many fun activities. I really think that this has instilled confidence in me. This is why I try to follow Montessori at home with Shloka and we play with Montessori Toys and do Montessori Activities at home. Nothing complicated or too hectic - simple things to get her to bloom into an independent young girl. 
We even tried to create a Montessori Nursery and Montessori Playroom for her but kept it all very basic - will share more about this soon. 
Many of my family and friends have asked me if 12-18 months is too early to introduce 'Montessori' to a child and I only tell them it's never too early. We have been trying to raise Shloka via the Montessori Method since she was an infant and I cannot recommend it enough. If you’re introducing Montessori at home, you can start from the day that they’re born! Children grow quickly, and because of that, they’re in-and-out of new developments at an extremely fast pace. It’s never too early to introduce Montessori education into your child’s development.
For Shloka we bought these Montessori Kits at the very start and also the Montessori Crib Mobiles. We also got her to eat independently in her high chair, use a learning tower and got her a Montessori floorbed and Montessori Shelf for rotation very early on. 
There’s honestly so much that you can do with your 18-month-old. You should focus less on purchasing toys and more on providing ways for sensory play.
For example, have you noticed that your child plays with a new toy for all of two minutes before moving on to something else? Maybe you’ve noticed that your child is more interested in the box that the toy came in than the toy itself?
Most toys come with loud sounds and bright flashing lights. However, this only holds your little one’s attention for a little while. Avoid these and get them wooden Montessori toys or do activities that engage their creativity and promote learning.
Around 18 months, your child will start wanting to do things independently. This is an instrumental time in their development as they begin exhibiting some challenging behaviours such as temper tantrums. For this reason, it’s good to focus on ways to help them be more self-sufficient (which is foundational to Montessori). 
When wondering what to teach your 18-month-old, try focusing on their specific areas of development. For example, 18-month-olds are developing in the following areas:
  • Communicating verbally
  • Cognitive learning
  • Gross motor skills
  • Displaying emotional outbursts
  • Developing social skills
Your goal is to participate in activities with your child that will help strengthen these skills above. Just remember to follow your child’s lead. You are there to encourage and offer support, but leave the exploring up to them!
 Climb
Motor skill development is by far the most noticeable change we saw in Shloka. She wanted to climb on anything and everything. For this reason, we got him the the pikler triangle around her first birthday.  It’s a great way to help promote balance and coordination!
At that point, she just kind of sat on it every day for a little while. But, over time, she’s grown to love it. She also loves repetition. 
Honestly, the best part is how proud of herself she is after each climb and jump. It’s the cutest thing to watch her clap for herself and look over at me to make sure I was watching. We can sit for such a long time and watch this. 
Read
Around 18 months, your child will likely show an elevated interest in reading. While it’s previously seemed like you were the only one listening to the words coming out of your mouth, your toddler will now enjoy following along and may even have a favourite book - Ours was and still is the Dear Zoo book. 
We also got her this bookshelf https://acharmedlife.in/products/wooden-book-shelf-compact?_pos=5&_sid=a1e0c12f8&_ss=r
that really encouraged her to read. 

PRACTICE CUTTING FOODS
Honeydew, banana and other easy foods can be cut with our best selling Montessori Knife. 

SORTING
Categorization is a major milestone in toddler development. By preschool age (and often earlier), children can categorize based on shape, color, texture, number, gender, facial features, speech, musical tones, movement patterns, and more.
There are so many Montessori activities that you can do with your 18-month-old to help promote categorization, such as sorting the laundry basket or putting toys in their respective bins. We also have amazing sorting toys in store for all kids. 
FINGERPAINTING
I started finger painting with Shloka when she was around 6 months-old. We used Pepplay and Dabble Art paints. 
PUZZLES
Puzzles are a great way for 18-month-olds to develop hand-eye coordination and visual perception skills. We have several different types of wooden puzzles at home. 

SENSORY BINS
Another great and incredibly easy Montessori activity is creating sensory bins. This helps your child feel textures and observe shapes. They can learn things like cause and effect and object permanence, as well as develop fine motor skills.
Some easy ideas for sensory bins are:
  • Ice cubes
  • Dry pasta, beans and rice
  • Pom poms
  • Leaves, flowers and herbs
  • Rocks
we also have amazing sensory bins for you. 

INTRODUCE GARDENING
I generally think it’s important to introduce kids to Nature. We have great tools to introduce nature appreciation in kids. 
PLAY WITH BLOCKS
Playing with blocks is great for building spatial, language, and problem-solving skills. Blocks provide endless opportunities as your child can experiment with concepts like cause and effect, force, magnetism, velocity, and gravity or simply act out stories, and create a world of wonder through open-ended play.

I hope these Montessori activities for 18-Month-Olds helped you think of fun ideas to do with your children! This is such a fun age to have a child, as they just want to explore anything and everything.