A lot of families have “boredom buster” jars in the summer. But a Montessori jar is great at any time of year. It ‘s a fun way to introduce or review Montessori-inspired activities for preschoolers. I prepared a Montessori jar for my 3½-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, after being inspired by the example in John Bowman’s Montessori at Home! eBook.
John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook (available exclusively in the Living Montessori Now shop) is filled with amazing ideas for families.
How to Prepare a Montessori Jar
The Montessori Jar from Montessori at Home
John shares an idea from The Home Teacher for a Montessori jar. He says:
“On pages 439-440 you will find two sheets of things for your child to do. Cut these out and put them in a jar. Add your own new activities regularly. When you need an idea for an activity, let your child reach in and grab one. A very handy item that is also a ‘stealth’ language activity.”
Pages 439-440 are part of the 76 pages of printables in the Montessori at Home eBook.
Our Montessori Jar
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What we used for our Montessori Jar:
- wire-bail jar (almost any jar will work)
- 3/8″ ribbon (optional)
- label with “Montessori Jar” on it (I used this free editable printable label from Simone Made It)
- double-sided tape for label
- printable Montessori jar activities from the Montessori at Home eBook
This was very simple to prepare!
I just set our Montessori jar on a shelf with educational toys, sensorial activities, and music activities.
Doing an Activity from the Montessori Jar
I like that the activities in the Montessori jar aren’t just time fillers. Many of them are important practical life activities, such as “dust or polish furniture,” (the one Zoey picked from the jar), “carry a glass of water on a tray without dropping it,” or “be totally quiet for one minute.” Of course, you may add your own activities, too.
Zoey enjoyed the process of reaching into the jar for an activity and then thinking about what she would be doing for the activity.
(In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree … my favorite store for kids’ clothes!)
You can use a Montessori jar to review a variety of activities and introduce some new ones.
Montessori at Home! eBook Available Exclusively at Living Montessori Now!
The 3rd edition of Montessori at Home! eBook is only $8.95 (formerly $10.95) for 512 pages with over 300 early-learning activities!
In the eBook, you’ll also find a quick start guide, 225 educational digital tablet app recommendations, hundreds of links to sites, blogs, and videos, and 76 pages of printable materials!
You can get a free download of 51 sample pages from Montessori at Home eBook by clicking here! (This includes information on John’s simplified Montessori reading sequence.)
Here’s the direct link to the purchase page for Montessori at Home! eBook. Here’s the direct link to the purchase page for the Montessori at Home! Materials Bundle,which includes the Montessori at Home eBook AND over $60 worth of Montessori Print Shop materials to go with the book (now only $17.95)!
The Montessori at Home! eBook and Materials Bundle Available at Living Montessori Now!
- Phases of the Moon (3-part cards & chart)
- Animals of the Continents
- Continents 3-Part Cards
- Land & Water Form Photo Book
- World – Control Maps, Masters and Labels
- Moveable Alphabet – Print – (includes full instructions)
- Sentence Cards – Step 1 – Set 1
- Word and Picture Cards – Step 1 – Read Pictures
- 1-100 Math Series
- Geometric Matching Cards
- Geometric Solids 3-Part Cards – Blue
- Skeleton Nomenclature Cards
- Tree Nomenclature Cards
- Phonics Sound and Picture Sorting
- Association of Objects
- What Does Not Belong
- The Five Senses
- Plant or Animal?
- Animals and Their Names
- Color Grading Cards
- Metal Insets – Shape Outlines
Excerpts from the Montessori at Home eBook
Montessori at Home! eBook is one of the books I recommend first for parents interested in Montessori education. You can read some more excerpts from the book here:
Learn more about my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to. Teach Grace and Courtesy! I’m also one of the coauthors of the book Learn with Play – 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning!
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