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After 21 months of break and thinking I will never get back I danced again and I loved it. The first second I played my bellydance music I felt in love with it again and then every other minute again and again 🙂
Yes, I was professional bellydancer performing in Europe and India, I established ONA Women Centre and taught lot of ladies and girls to bellydance. But today I was dancing with my son and he loved it. Little bit ‘heavy’ start up but good to keep myself in good shape 😀
Click on photo to see some short piece of video.
Easter is coming and I was thinking how to make it special for my little one who does not yet fully gets the meaning of Easter. And I got it! EGGS of course! So creative isn’t it? 😀
My son is just in that phase of life when we have to have scrambled eggs every day, well I have to have as he just loves to break and cook, eating is not that exciting.
So we bought 12 eggs from the street (yeah, here in India, you get eggs on the street)really cheap and rushed home. That happiness in his eyes when after breaking first 6 got another 6 eggs… 🙂 Once all broken he enjoyed making scrambled eggs which we gave to street dogs in the evening. Win – win situation for everyone. Mom has few minutes off, child learning experience and dogs food. Will surely repeat it in coming days.
We love to cook…Actually the truth is I don’t like to cook so much but as my little one is big fan of kitchen, all the utensils and specially gas stove we really spend majority of our time there. What one loving mother doesn’t do for her child 😀
Whenever my son is sleeping and I have some time I always think what to do. Is this the activity my little one would love to do or it’s still too difficult for him? Most of the time I answer to myself…”This he would love to do. This you can do with help of child. This is his favorite. This he would love to learn for sure.” So I end up writing blog and leaving all the work to my toddler at home. Child labor? What to do, he just loves all that adults hate, so as the best mother, I allow him to learn. 😛
There are lot of practical life activities we do at home and I would like to sum up all we did in the kitchen in his 17th month (yesterday he turned 18) 🙂
He loves to put things in pots and stir and stir and stir.
Pouring the rice from small jar.
First he breaks eggs and then adds pre-cooked homemade pasta.
Adding some food color to our homemade non-toxic play dough. You can read about it in the post Make super easy non-toxic play dough in 10 mins.
Officially this activity started as spices smelling activity but little one decided to make his own spices mix which we now use in kitchen.
Peeling the onion is awesome activity to develop fine motor skills.
Play dough cooking. How? See in older post.
Every morning preparing tea for dad…
…and coffee for mum 🙂
Another great activity for fine motor skills development.
The common mistake of the parents is that they think newborn babies do not remember anything and that’s the reason they keep little ones unattended and alone. But the first years are the most important ones. Whatever child’s absorbent mind soaks in is creating his personality. First 6 years child absorbs all the available information and learning happens without the efforts, naturally. If you are expecting baby or have one infant at home and you are reading this article you just started your Montessori lifestyle 🙂
You really don’t need a lot to prepare the environment for little one so you incorporate Montessori principles directly from birth. All you need is mattress on the floor/floor bed, mirror, mobiles, order and time. I would like to get more into details of Montessori visual and tactile mobiles.
Montessori mobiles are first specially designed materials used for the smallest babies to develop the eyes, vision and focus. As the sight of the baby changes also mobiles changes. You can make them at home by yourself or you can get ready made ones.
Montessori mobiles are completely different from typical mobiles you can get in toy stores. Made simply and precisely from beautiful materials, without noise interrupting babies attention, they are great for learning about fixating the eye sight, following the movement, focusing on colors and dimensions and later developing motor skills.
HOW TO INTRODUCE VISUAL MOBILES:
You can introduce new mobile every 2 weeks or once you see your baby became bored of the recent one. You don’t have to get rid of the old mobile, you can again take it out whenever you feel like if your baby is its fan. Agastya just felt in love with his Gobi Mobile and his love lasted till he was 7 months old and managed to remove the sphere and throw it to our dog 🙂
Following weeks are approximate only. All depends on babies interest. So prepare your mobiles in advance, hang one and just watch your baby.
- 2 – 6 weeks old baby – The Munari Mobile – baby sees only contrasting colors of black and white. Munari Mobile is developmentally appropriate. Not overstimulating or overwhelming neither. Develops both vision and concentration.
- 6 – 8 weeks old baby – The Octahedron Mobile – “The octahedrons are designed to lay the foundations for future understandings of geometric proportion, relationships and patterns. “ At Home with Montessori. Octahedron introduces basic colors.
- 8 – 10 weeks old baby – The Gobi Mobile – The Gobbi mobile consists of light weighted spheres (so they can move in air) in graduated shades of one colour to stimulate the visual sense.
- 9 – 12 weeks old baby – The Dancers Mobile – This mobile moves relatively slowly so can be introduced also earlier which can be helpful for teaching baby to fixate the eye sight and focus.
- 12 – 14 weeks old baby – The Rainbow, The Butterflies
HOW TO INTRODUCE TACTILE MOBILES:
- start around 12 weeks – Bell on the Ribbon – Hanging the bell on the elastic would be best idea as it comes back again and again. It is great for developing eye-hand coordination, concentration and learning about cause and effect.
- start around 12 weeks – The Primary Colors Mobile – When moved, wooden spinning disks in primary colors (red, blue, yellow) attract the child’s attention. Serves as both tactile and visual mobile.
- start around 12 weeks – Ring on the Ribbon – Easy to grasp and if hanged on elastic it returns back after releasing. Great to understand and learn about cause and effect.
- Hang them at the time of activity (when baby is not tired). It is ‘work’ for baby and he has to remain active. Mobiles are not used to make baby sleep.
- Hang them approximately 25-30 cm above the baby so he can not touch them. (First weeks babies can focus only 30 cm max.and only on slow moving things.)
- Once baby is around 3- 4 months old you can introduce tactile mobiles where baby is encouraged to practice batting skills.
When I started with Montessori with my son, I did not have any idea one day I will end up writing about all I learned on our Montessori journey so all the photos used above are from different bloggers. Surely check their websites 🙂 Happy Montessori.
Few days ago I got into conversation about Montessori toys…As I think about it deeper, the term ‘Montessori’ became just fashion and label for all educational and cool stuff out there but Maria Montessori’s philosophy and her material is about something else.
It was a Women’s Day and I got the flowers,yaaaay 🙂 Once they dried out they became great material for sensory play, development of pincer grip, hand-eye coordination, strength in wrist and indirectly writing skills.
What to do with dry roses if your child is only 17 months (or less)?
We live in India, country full of people, animals, music, smell and colors… There are all religions and cultures around us so we really get lot of opportunities to learn about different people and their different worlds. As my boy is becoming older I started to think about putting together a kind of calendar with all the world dates, hindu dates, christian dates, pagan traditions.
On Monday 13th of March we celebrated our first Holi together. And because I could not find any event suitable for toddlers I decided to host one and of course Montessori inspired.
Holi, celebrated in Phagun (March), the last month of the Hindu calendar is called ‘festival of colors’. It falls on the full moon day when bonfire (holi) is lit to drive away all the evil and purify the atmosphere. Holi symbolizes the destruction of demonic energies and start of new time, spring. Earlier ashes from the bonfire were applied on the body and remaining immersed in the flowing water invoking prosperity and protection. Nowadays colored powder has replaced ash. The bright colors symbolize new beginnings.
Yes, Holi is very nice festival and I can’t wait for next year once my son is older so we can dig deep into the topic.
For this day I decided to put up all the colorful materials. I divided activities into wet and dry ones. Age range : 15 – 22 months.
We love stones of all sizes, colors and shapes as I already have mentioned in my Gemstones activity for child post. 😛
I put together few more easy activities. Adding stones into any play will just offer different way of perception and lot of fun.
I am pretty sure this is just the first part of our gemstone series 🙂
Have fun 🙂
Today I spent my son’s nap time preparing edible paints, pasting huge papers on the floor, thinking about all the activity over and over so it’s perfect…and then…he woke up and hated the color :/ Not as expected. He just didn’t like the feeling of color on his fingers and he hated to become dirty (this is something new) 😀
The recipe for the homemade edible paint:
As he didn’t enjoy new paint I offered him our regular tempera colors but he did’t get into that neither.
I left and came back with his favorite markers…and yes he got excited, he just wanted his foot outline on the paper and left the activity again.
So I came up with ‘drawing on the windows’ idea. We have super cool Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 Colouring Pencils become Water Color become Wax Crayons, that you can use for paper, black board and glass too. What’s better, you can also remove it 🙂 Heaven for all creative souls and my son enjoyed cleaning the window more…
I guessed he is just not in mood for art and listened to him…He wanted to see his new Universe Flash Cards I made few days ago.
Dear mommies, I failed to listen to my son today to get nice post about the homemade colors. Just a quick reminder for myself: Listen and follow your child!
Day by day is shopping becoming one of little one’s favorite activities. Now his eyes shines whenever we come near park, near coconuts, near our restaurant and near our regular grocery store 😀
Shopping with toddler is not easy thing. He usually gets very much overwhelmed by all the cool stuff around and picks up everything and keeps it in basket. I have observed when we shop in small local shops he can focus on his task, he can pick up tomatoes only, he doesn’t jump from tomato to mango to pastry to chicken…
I just need to keep his small hands and brain busy doing something needful so he is happy and shopping becomes fun for everyone.
Shopping is really great opportunity for great motor development (mainly balancing), eye-hand coordination and language. Children at this age love to carry heavy stuff, heavier the better. So why not to help ourselves and develop little ones at the same time? 🙂
What to do in the shop with a toddler? Give him a task.
- Ask him to push the basket
- Ask him to bring the apples (one by one)
- Ask him to put things in the basket for you (keep it a bit away from you so he enjoys walking or running)
- Let him pay for the stuff you bought (if you use credit card, let him type the password or at least press the ‘green button’)
- Ask him to keep the basket at it’s place
- Ask him to help you with a bag (if the bag is very heavy ask for extra one and keep light things inside).
Happy shopping 🙂