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Early Practical Life Activities for toddlers are a great stepping stone for further learning. A child learns to master his or her environment by learning skills for independence, and mastery of these skills paves the way to intellectual learning. Completion of practical life skills seems to put a longing for intellectual learning for young children.

Montessori said it best:

"But the children seemed to demand some conclusion of the exercises, which had already developed them intellectually in a most surprising way. They knew how to dress and undress, and to bathe themselves; they knew how to sweep the floors, dust the furniture, put the room in order, to open and close boxes, to manage the keys in the various locks; they could replace the objects in the cupboards in perfect order, could care for the plants; they knew how to observe things, and how to see objects with their hands. A number of them came to us and frankly demanded to be taught to read and write. Even in the face of our refusal several children came to school and [Page 268]  proudly showed us that they knew how to make an O on the blackboard."

From the Montessori Method by Maria Montessori

AMI Primary Guide has lessons for Practical Life Activities. Check out the site weekly for new & helpful information. 

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posted at 10:24 a.m. on October 28, 2009

These are great ideas. I love the ideas for teaching kids to set the table.


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posted at 12:22 a.m. on July 4, 2010

these are nice activities for youngsters

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posted at 6:41 a.m. on December 14, 2010

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posted at 3:15 p.m. on March 26, 2012

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posted at 4:55 p.m. on May 12, 2012

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posted at 3:24 a.m. on May 15, 2012

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posted at 4:22 p.m. on June 5, 2012

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posted at 9:39 a.m. on August 14, 2012

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posted at 1:08 p.m. on October 23, 2012

I love how the Montessori method is so individualized to the child. It really means the child receives more attention than in public schools

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posted at 2:46 a.m. on February 2, 2013

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posted at 9:56 a.m. on February 8, 2013

Teaching toddlers before kindergarten is important these days because the public education system alone is not meeting their needs.

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posted at 11:15 p.m. on May 7, 2013

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posted at 8:57 p.m. on August 1, 2013

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posted at 12:06 p.m. on August 11, 2013

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posted at 12:12 p.m. on August 11, 2013

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posted at 1:55 a.m. on August 13, 2013

I agree with the ways and beliefs of Montessori that's why I think children are best nurtured and raised in her teachings


posted at 1:08 p.m. on July 19, 2014

This is a fantastic list! I cannot wait to start some of these activities with my three year old! Thank you.

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posted at 10:42 a.m. on October 21, 2014

Good peace of text. Your article regarding Toddler scopre looks a bit different but overall we agree with your thoughts.


posted at 1:23 p.m. on March 7, 2015

I don't like the Montessori method where children have no choice. It is teacher directed . children thought and ideas cannot express.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------It doesn't seem like you experienced a true Montessori education. The teacher should be a guide by preparing a child-oriented environment where the students can learn freely and flourish. It teaches respect and kindness of others and the environment. It should be encouraging and respectful to children's ideas and beliefs. I'm truly sorry you had such a sad experience. Miss Phoebe Child was the opposite of your comment. MM

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