Montessori Activities for Toddlers: Flower Sensory Bin and Buttons with Pipe Cleaners


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: Flower Pots


Spring is still a ways away here in the frozen tundra.  One way we have learned to cope with the winter blues is by adding color and things that remind us of spring/summer.


Materials: Rocks, Flower pots (the non-breakable kind, I found mine at Joanne Fabrics), fake flowers (cut to fit the size of the pot), and a plastic shovel (or trowel).

You could also use sand, but for the sake of my sanity I chose something that wouldn’t be as big of a pain to clean up.


These pots were the perfect size and the only ones that I could find that weren’t made out of clay.


This was a small shovel that E had in our garage.


I’ve had these flowers in my basement for a while.  They were extras from different floral arrangements that I have made.  If there is wire in the flower stems, be sure that it isn’t poking out to cause a potential injury.


The first step to teach your toddler is to scoop the rocks into the pots.  Obviously if this were a real potting experience they would be putting dirt in there, but the objective here is to teach them how to use a trowel/shovel.


After putting the desired amount of rocks in the pot, have your toddler put the flowers in the pot.


You could also add some gardening gloves to this sensory bin.

2. Buttons with Pipe Cleaners


“Threading” is an important fine motor skill to teach your growing toddler.  This activity is a great way to start teaching that skill.


Materials: Large buttons (from Joanne Fabrics) and pipe cleaners (from Walmart).


E loves to match the colors.  You can even make little bracelets out of these materials.  Overall, E enjoys this activity and spends a lot of time on it.

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


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


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks great! I’ve never made a sensory bin before.

    1. Janell says:

      Thanks! The small ones are pretty easy. Eventually I’ll construct a bigger bin, but this works for now 🙂

  2. Can’t wait to try this with my twins!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Every time I see your cute ideas I wonder why I haven’t jumped on the whole Montessori bandwagon yet. I love the ideas just never get around to doing them. Maybe this next week I can put it on my to do list and get it done. 🙂

    1. Janell says:

      Well I looked at pinterest for months before finally doing some of the activities I pinned! Haha! It’s sometimes a challenge to pick something and just do it. And thank you 🙂

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