We accumulated so many toys, books and activities that I thought of a way to organize it in order for us to evenly interact with each one. I saw a similar idea about toy rotation, and thought it would be perfect for our needs. Toy rotation is also recommended by a Montessori method to keep a child interested in the activities and not to be overwhelmed with choice. I tried to organize each bin to have a few books, a sorting activity and some developmental toys. Scarlett is excited each morning when we get a new bin out, and I get curious myself what’s in today’s box 🙂 So I thought I’ll share a look inside each bin. I’ll add them one by one as we go.
Scarlett started to use this water painting activity since she was about 15 months old but I know kids that started to use it earlier, it really depends on each child. But now when she is 17 months old, I see that she is really excited to discover colors. The brush pen has to be filled with water, and as a child brushes on paper, it reveals colors of each illustration. I just love that it’s mess free and easy to be put away. The activity book has 4 pages with cute illustrations.
Bead mazes are great to help child develop fine motor skills. Also, following Montessori principles, wooden toys are great to have around to develop a child’s taste to toy aesthetics. This one has great colors. I show Scarlett how to get beads from one side to another, she doesn’t really follow my instructions yet but she sits there for the longest time playing with beads.
Wooden peg puzzle
We got this one in Target on sale. I was reading “Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook ” and she recommends using puzzles that have little handles on it, so I made sure to get one with handles. I can see that every week Scarlett gets better and better in fitting puzzles on the board.
Baby socks converted into sensory bags
We filled baby socks with sensory material: rice, pasta, beans, oats, and Scarlett plays with them by touching them, throwing them, putting them in boxes, walking on them.
These flash cards are the best that I found so far. It’s important for flash cards to have images of objects, not illustrations because it’s easier for a toddler to identify the objects. I also place objects that we have at home near the matching flash card. We play with objects, and I repeat their names a few times. There was a lot of research about flash cards for babies and toddlers. Look up the Shichida method and Glenn Doman method for learning with flashcards. They recommend fast flashing – showing flashcards fast to the child – thus stimulating right side of the brain. We usually alternate. Sometimes we do fast flashing and sometimes we take our time.
Amazingly beautifully illustrated board book. Great for nighttime reading.
You can either make this activity yourself or download printable files below. You can make it by cutting out 4 circles of paper and drawing a face with different emotions on each one. I drew a happy face, angry, sad and surprised and taped them together to be connected. As I was showing faces to Scarlett I was making those faces myself. It was really funny today to see Scarlett make a surprised face with her mouth open 🙂
Pdf files for emotions activity are available here:
I made different posts for each other container since this post was getting too long.