Montessori Activities for Toddlers: Valentine’s Sensory Bin and Discovering Smells

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Are you looking for some cheap, fun, and easy activities that support learning for your toddler?

You’ve come to the right place.  Every week I’m sharing 1-2 Montessori based activities that you can create and share with your toddlers.

Check out my first post here for an explanation of why Montessori works, as well as two other activities for your toddler.

1. Sensory Bin: Valentine’s Day

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Took another trip to the Dollar Tree today and picked up some Valentine themed sensory items.

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Materials: fabric rose petals, pink shredded paper confetti, pink plastic hearts, and pink favor bags.

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Most toddlers love putting things into bags.  E put the petals in one bag, the confetti in the second bag, and the plastic hearts in another.

2. Discovering Smells

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Materials: 4 salt and pepper shakers, smelly things (I used dried basil, lavender, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks), cotton balls, tulle, hot glue gun, scissors, and smell labels (I just printed my own).

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For the lavender and vanilla, I poured them on cotton balls.

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Then I put the cotton balls in the shakers.

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I then cut a piece of tulle into a circle shape that was a bit bigger than the opening of the shaker.

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Using a hot glue gun, I glued around the opening of the shaker.

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Then I placed the tulle on top of the opening and twisted the cap on.  You’ll have to do this quickly before the glue dries.

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There are all the smells in their shakers.

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Then I went on google, and found some pictures of each smell.  I put the name on there as well and cut them into small squares.

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After they were cut, I used clear tape to attach them to their shakers.

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There it is!

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I plan on adding different smells later on, but these were the easiest ones that I had on hand.  Poor little E has a cold, so her little nose isn’t going to be able to smell these just yet.  We’ll wait to try it out when her sense of smell comes back.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and I invite you to join me next week for another Montessori activity for your toddler.

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*These activities are my own, and are not sponsored by any Montessori organization.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. These are such great ideas! My daughter is 18 months. Do you think it’s too early to start with her?

    1. Janell says:

      I don’t think so! I’ve been doing things like this with my daughter since around 18 months 🙂 You could always modify activities if necessary.

  2. ispeakhisname says:

    I love this. I’m definitely trying the sensory smells, my daughter is going to love that.

  3. j4hg says:

    These are fabulous ideas, I think even my 6 year old would love the smell jars!

  4. Love that you can use everyday items from home for these! Great ideas! 🙂

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