In our house, especially as we've been spending more time at home, we've been incorporating activities with some Montessori philosophies in mind that truly speak to us. With my background in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), I've always found the Montessori philosophy truly powerful as it focuses on the child's desire to explore and master physical, emotional, social, imaginative, and problem-solving skills at their own pace. Our favorite Montessori credo is that play is the child's work. I think it can be really easy to get swept up in the notion that kids learn best and absorb the most in a more formal classroom setting, when in fact truly important learning can begin in your home before they even begin school, or in this case if their schooling has been delayed or put on hold.
In our quest to continue engaging our child, we've increased our activity level and come up with a few simple ways you can keep your little one excited about learning and exploring. The following activities are focused on the 18-month to 3-year-old age group. Activities can be tweaked and adjusted according to your child's needs. Be sure any tools or toys you use are nontoxic and safe for them to use.