Montessori Learning Activities for Toddlers: Sorting Soft/Hard and Counting with Pom Poms/Bowls


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:

Color Wheel and Threading with Pipe Cleaners/Colander

Easter Eggs and Beach Play-dough

Alphabet Sensory Bin and Clothesline

Shape Sorting and Open/Close Tray

Frog/Turtle Sensory Bin and Play-dough/Noddle Threading

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. Sorting Soft/Hard



Materials: Hard objects, soft objects, basket, and two labeled containers.


This activity is a great way to teach your toddler the different between soft and hard textures.  You can use items that you have in your house.


Soft Items: heart pillow, feather, pom poms, and plastic flower


Hard Items: spoon, toy car, puzzle piece, ball, and Lego piece

First you’ll want to model sorting these items.  Let your toddler touch the items while you explain where you think they go.  After you have modeled, ask them to give it a go.

2. Counting with Pom Pom/Bowls


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 Materials: Bowls, pom poms, numbers, and tongs.


This activity helps your toddler visualize what numbers mean.  They will be able to associate a number with a visual example.


In the beginning you’ll have to model this, but after a while your toddler will be able to effortlessly place the correct amount of pom poms in each bowl.  When that happens, you can increase the numbers to keep it challenging.

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.


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