Montessori materials aren’t known for being portable. The Montessori ideal consists of child-size furniture and low shelves with Montessori materials and activity trays that allow the child to freely choose activities.
Obviously, you can’t take all that with you on the road. But there are creative Montessori homeschoolers and bloggers who have found ways to bring Montessori-inspired activities with them, whether they’re on a road trip, visiting grandparents, or just going to the doctor’s office.
You’ll also find some great ideas in this article from For Small Hands (affiliate link at no cost to you): Create a Travel Kit with Montessori in Mind.
You’ll find lots of Montessori-compatible busy bags and other activities for traveling on my Traveling with Kids Pinterest Board.
In this post, I’ll focus on activities that are portable versions of traditional Montessori materials and extensions. Here are some ideas for bringing hands-on, Montessori-inspired activities with you when traveling with kids:
Traveling with Kids – Montessori-Inspired Activities
Montessori-Inspired Activity Bags/ Busy Bags/Waiting Bags
Montessori in a Bag (a number of activities, including the one in the photo), What We Got in Our First Activity Bag Exchange, and Sensory and Skills Spring Activity Bags with a Bit of Montessori Inspiration from Training Happy Hearts
Practical Life, Color Matching, and Shape Matching Toddler Busy Bags from The Princess and The Tot
Button Snake and Color Matching Busy Bags from Our Country Road
Practical Life Activities (including a button snake) and Color Grading and Matching Busy Bags from Teach Beside Me
Shoe Tying Busy Bag Board from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Kindergarten Activity Bag – Math from Chasing Cheerios (This is a nice extension of cards and counters, although many of the DIY Cards and Counters would work well for a Montessori-inspired activity bag. I also like Chasing Cheerios’ idea of using pencil pouches for activity bags.)
Kindergarten Activity Bag – Sight Words Beans (could be used with simple phonetic words as well) from Chasing Cheerios
Felt Fractions and Button Snake (in “What’s in the Waiting Bag for May?”) from Kara’s Classroom
Felt Fractions from Counting Coconuts
Activities using animal replicas such as this activity matching dinosaur replicas and cards would work well in Montessori-inspired activity bags.
A number of activities from Montessori at Home! eBook such as 1,000-10,000 Activity from Montessori at Home! would work well in activity bags.
Some of the ideas on my DIY Montessori Materials post have miniature versions that can be used while traveling.
Montessori MOMents took a large bagful of Montessori-inspired activities on the road in Taking Montessori-Inspired Materials on Vacation.
Many of the materials at sites on my Free Montessori Materials Online would work well for Montessori-inspired busy bags. (Photo from Number Rods Control Chart and Number Cards from Montessori Print Shop that could be used to make a miniature number rod set.)
Montessori Mystery Bags
Touch Sensory Bag from Elaine Ng Friis (blog is no longer available)
Early Sensorial – The Mystery Bag from How We Montessori
Montessori Mystery Bag Lesson from Confessions of a Montessori Mom Blog
The Stereognostic Bag by Jessie from The Education of Ours at Mommy Moment
Mystery Bag with a Twist from Montessori Messy
Mystery Bag Tutorial from Montessori by Hand
Portable Activity Trays
Trays on the Go from We Can Do All Things
Toddler Activity Bags in Action from Chasing Cheerios
DIY Magnetic Travel Tray (could be adapted for a number of Montessori activities) from Craft, Interrupted
Interchangeable Travel Lap Board for Kids from Dirt and Boogers
Yes, there’s actually a blog called Teaching from a Tacklebox (a great blog)! Suzanne has lots of awesome ideas for portable Montessori homeschooling (Photo from Sensorial Basics post). You’ll also find free and inexpensive printables along with tackleboxes filled with materials that are available for purchase at her Livable Learning site.
Montessori-Inspired Quiet Books
Montessori Continents Map and Quietbook with 3-Part Cards from Imagine Our Life (The ultimate in quiet books with free printables and tutorials! If you enjoy sewing, this is awesome! If this is too much for you, don’t feel bad … there are plenty of other activities that are simple to prepare.)
Quiet Book Cover Tutorial (could be used for any quiet-book activity) from Imagine Our Life
Do you have any Montessori-inspired activities that you take on the road?
Happy trails! 🙂
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