The Tot Play & Learn Set Additional Activities: 5 – 6 Years
Looking for activities and toys to aid with your child’s development? The Tot Play & Learn Sets are created by expert early learning educators to help your baby reach important milestones.
According to the Montessori Method, children enter ‘sensitive periods,’ which are specific time frames in early development when they’re uniquely primed to learn particular skills. Some of these skills include rhythm, organization and reading.
The Tot Play & Learn sets are designed to help you provide your child with the right materials, activities and advice during these important developmental windows.
Each set will spark your child’s curiosity, help them to reach important milestones while giving you confidence that you’re creating the best possible play and learning environment for your child.
Activity: Teach the Rules
Toys and Materials: Tiny Polka Dot game or What Am I? game
Milestones: Understands rules of game
Once you’ve played the Tiny Polka Dot or What Am I? game several times and your child is familiar with the words, invite them to teach another family member or friend how to play! Teaching a skill increases the depth of learning and will boost your child’s confidence when they play teacher!
Activity: Make a Sight Word Book
Toys and Materials: Sight Words, Paper and pencil
Milestones: Recognizes multiple words by sight
Make a little booklet by stapling together several small papers. Let your child choose three Sight Words they want to learn and write each one on a separate piece of paper. Practice writing and using those three words together every day until they’re easy and then choose three more. Your child will be able to track their progress as their booklet grows!
Activity: Pick a Letter
Toys and Materials: Alphabet Puzzle
Milestones: Sounds out familiar words
Mix up all of the Alphabet Puzzle pieces in a basket or bag. Invite your child to close their eyes and pick a letter. Invite them to practice the letter’s sound, write the letter, and think of as many words as they can that start with that sound.
Activity: Classify It!
Toys and Materials: What Am I? game, Paper and pencil
Milestones: Accurately describes something
Get two small pieces of paper and write “Living” on one and “Non-living” on the other. Show your tot how to classify the cards from the What Am I? game as either living or non-living. Then write, “living” and, “non-living” on more paper scraps and encourage your child to label things in your home as living and non-living. They can then learn to classify plants versus animals, magnetic versus non-magnetic, and so on.
Your child is working so hard to learn important skills like reading and early math. They will likely get frustrated when they stumble. Remind them that things they’ve mastered like putting on their own shoes or riding a bike used to be SO hard but now they seem easy! These skills come with practice and patience.