Montessori child at work with syringe

Montessori Practical Works for Toddlers

This is a sequel to my previous post on montessori for toddlers. Some friends requested to see how our shelves with the materials looked like. We were able to cater one room for teaching purpose and this is also my helper’s bedroom with her foldable mattress kept aside in the day.

We have 2 BESTA shelves from Ikea. One for practical works and one for math works.

Montessori practical work shelf

Shelf with practical work materials

Montessori Shelf with limited spaceShelves for math and practical work materials


Last month, we replaced some works with the following materials…

Montessori practical works keys and locks

Unlock to collect the rings

Threading the beads

Threading the beads

Montessori practical work Wooden puzzle and using a draw string bag

Wooden puzzle and using a draw string bag

Montessori practical work Pouring dried corn kernels

Pouring dried corn kernels

Sweeping rice within tray

Sweeping rice within tray


We have 2 sets of 3 containers filled with beans, rice and buttons. These materials can be played as a game of sound matching. Keep one set of 3 containers with you and the child, while you leave the other set of containers in another room. Shake one container and let the child go to the other room to find the matching container and bring it back to you.

Montessori sound matching

Sound Matching

Montessori sound matching

Shake and match the 2 containers that sound the same


The orange colored water is simply water mixed with a bit of food coloring.

Montessori practical work water transfer with a syringe

Water transfer using a syringe

Kids at work together
Kids at work… One of the good times doing lesson together…
Montessori child at work with syringe
Working with a syringe




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