Baby-friendly playdough

Each week Frida and I attend a baby sensory class for one hour. I like it because she enjoys it, but also because the class leader comes up with so many different activities for the little ones which can be replicated at home. This week the theme was “colour” and one of the activities was exploring coloured…

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The Joyful Child : Montessori for birth to three

I have just finished reading The Joyful Child: Montessori Global Wisdom for Birth to Three by Susan Stephenson, and I wanted to share a little bit about it with you. Stephenson gives lots of ideas on how to implement the Montessori philosophy at home, covering the child’s first year, and then moving onto topics including care…

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Messy play – finger painting with jelly

I want to do more messy play activities with Frida. I often have good intentions but don’t get round to it, or choose to do something less, well, messy. Inspired by some charming photos online of similar aged babies doing finger painting, I thought we would give it a go with some edible “paint” made out…

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Sensitive period for movement – encouraging gross motor skills

“A sensitive period is a time of a spontaneous, often intense or irresistible, impulse toward or interest in certain objects and activities.  During a sensitive period the ability to acquire new skills (in that particular area) is at a peak.  Learning is spontaneous, joyful, and virtually effortless.” – Little Tree Montessori All babies between birth and two…

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