Montessori Activities for Toddlers: Frogs/Turtles Sensory Bin and Play-dough/Noodle Threading


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.

Below are links to the rest of my activities:

Flower Sensory Bin and Buttons with Pipe Cleaners

Valentine’s Sensory Bin and Discovering Smells

Underwater Sensory Bin and Learning to Buckle

Button Snake and Bugs/Grass Sensory Bin

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

1. Sensory Bin: Frogs/Turtles


Anything with water seems to capture the attention of most toddlers.


Materials: Foam paper, frogs and turtles, green glass gems, and plastic leaves.

The foam was from Michael’s, and I just cut out some circles to make lily pads.  The frogs and turtles are from Joann Fabrics and came with a bunch ocean creatures that I used in my underwater sensory bin.  The glass gems are from the Dollar Tree, my favorite place to shop for kid stuff.  And finally, the plastic leaves were from Good Will.


It’s a pretty simple sensory bin.  E enjoyed placing the frogs on the lily pads and telling me what color they were.

2. Play-dough/Noodle Threading


You’ve probably seen something like this on Pinterest, right?  They usually use spaghetti, but the spaghetti kept breaking so I had to look for other options.


Materials: Play dough, pony beads, penne pasta, and wooden skewers.


As you can see, I’m using a appetizer tray for this activity.

All you do is just smash the play dough down and stick the skewers in the dough.  Then your toddler can practice putting the beads and noodles on the skewers.


The skewers had pointy tips at one end, which made it easier for E to put the pony beads on.  Obviously you will have to keep a close eye on your toddler to make sure that they are using these materials safely.  My policy with E is that I tell her the rules and give her one warning, but after that the activity goes away.  Sometimes that’s difficult to do because you want them to be busy, but if you’re strict about what the rules are and implement them right away you won’t have to worry about taking activities away often.

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. I love the play dough idea – how fun for kids, and it looks so pretty!

  2. Jennie says:

    Pinning this! I want to try these with my daughter–such fun ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 p.s. the spaghetti noodles always broke for me too! :/

    1. Janell says:

      Thanks for pinning!

  3. Brittany at says:

    Adorable! I wonder how long they’d keep my toddler busy for?

    1. Janell says:

      Thank you! I’ve found that anything with play dough keeps them busy the longest 🙂

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