Nurturing one child at a time

ALBUM – MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES



PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITIES

Practical life activities are everyday activities such as sweeping, ironing, sewing, pouring, etc. These activities bridge between the home and school environment and fulfill children’s intrinsic desire to imitate adults and adapt their behavior. Practical life activities are organized in four main areas – care of self, care of the environment, control of movement, and grace and courtesy. These activities help children develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence.


Bow Frame

The Bow Frame enables the children to learn to tie bows (eg. shoelaces).  It is one of the activities in a Montessori classroom that nurtures independence and self-confidence by enabling them to take care of themselves.  Indirectly, it enables the children to acquire hand-to-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Cross stitch

While being practical, cross stitch is one of the many sewing activities in a Montessori classroom that is aimed at developing the required skills for writing. These activities develop hand-to-eye coordination, precise control of fingers, and pincer-grip – all the required skills for writing.

Dressing Frames

The Dressing Frames enable the children to learn to use different types of buttons and hooks. In a Montessori classroom these activities are focused towards taking care of oneself as part of nurturing independence and self confidence in children. Indirectly, they enable the children to acquire hand-to-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Cutting Snippets

Cutting with scissors works on the separation and coordination of two sides of the hands while helping to strengthen hand muscles.  Since manipulating scissors takes a lot of practice also helps refine fine motor skills and coordination.  

Locks and keys

This is a popular practical life activity among our children.  The child here learns to match the right key to the lock to open it. Depending on the child’s level, there can be multiple sets of keys and locks. Indirectly, this activity develops fine motor skills, concentration, and problem-solving.

Pouring Water

While it may seem simple, pouring water requires precise movements and muscle control to pour the water without spiling it.  This activity helps the child develop the movements needed to pour from one vessel to another while, indirectly, it aims to develop control of hand muscles, independence, and concentration.

Lacing frame

This is another dressing frame activity aimed at nurturing independence and self-confidence by enabling children to take care of themselves.  This activity teaches children how to lace and tie shoes. 

Cutting Snippets 2

Cutting with scissors works on the separation and coordination of two sides of the hands while helping to strengthen hand muscles.  Since manipulating scissors takes a lot of practice also helps refine fine motor skills and coordination.  

Nuts and Bolts

This activity develops and strengthens the hand and finger muscles.  It is another activity that indirectly prepares the child for holding a pencil – the repeated activity of holding the bolt and threading the nut develops a stronger pincer grip.  From a practical life perspective, the child also learns the workings of a nut and bolt.

Food preparation

Children love food preparation activities. They cut vegetables, bake muffins, cut and spread cheese and crackers, make smoothies, arrange snack tables, etc. These joyful activities help them become independent and gain self-confidence by enabling them to take care of themselves.

Boxes and bottles

This activity develops and strengthens the hand and finger muscles. Boxes and bottles is another activity that is aimed at developing fine motor skills and indirectly prepares the child for writing. From a practical life perspective, the child uses logical thinking to match each box or bottle to its appropriate lid while also learning to open and close various boxes and bottles.

Sewing

Sewing is a practical life activity that develops hand-to-eye coordination, precise control of fingers and strengthens pincer-grip that indirectly prepares the child for writing. This is also another activity aimed at nurturing independence and self-confidence by enabling children to take care of themselves – all the necessary skills for writing.

Food preparation

Children love food preparation activities. They cut vegetables, bake muffins, cut and spread cheese and crackers, make smoothies, arrange snack tables, etc. These joyful activities help them become independent and gain self-confidence by enabling them to take care of themselves.

Care of plants

This practical life activity is part of caring for the environment that teaches a child how to care for a delicate plant.  It presents a perfect opportunity in a Montessori classroom to help children develop responsibility, discipline, and, above all, love of nature.

Arranging flowers

This is an advanced activity that integrates many other activities such as pouring water, cutting with scissors, and care of the environment. It helps children develop gross and fine motor skills, concentration, self-regulation, control of movement, and coordination.  It also nurtures creativity and helps them understand the sense of aesthetics.

Washing linen

Children like to do what adults do at home and feel useful. This is a fun and useful activity with water, soap, etc. It helps children develop motor skills, strengthen hand muscles and coordination. In addition, it helps them understand order and sequencing and gain confidence by becoming more independent.

Walking on the line

In this activity, children are asked to walk on an ellipse, holding an object as still as possible in front of their bodies.  They need to master the skill so that they can walk with the heel of the front foot touching the toe of the other.  This activity enables children to learn to control their muscles, coordinate their movements, and refine their balance.

Rear Parking Lot

This is our rear parking lot off Sunset Beach Road.  It is ideal for our toddlers and families with younger ones who tag along when dropping off or picking up their older siblings.  The wheel-chair ramp from the rear parking lot is perfect for strollers.


KinderHaus Montessori
90 Lake Ave., Richmond Hill,
Ontario L4E 3G3
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IMPORTANT DATES


Fri., Apr 2, 2021: Good Friday, School CLOSED
Mon., Apr 5, 2021: Easter, School CLOSED
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