Kitchen Montessori Trays – Preschool Learning Activity

How to Make Montessori Tray Activities using items from the kitchen via My Merry Messy Life

As part of our homeschooling routine, I like to add in Montessori practical life trays for my toddler and preschooler. Here are some ideas for how to do it on the cheap, using objects you may already have in your kitchen or can get at the dollar store! I get these trays out for my […]

DIY Felt Board and Printables to teach Weather and Seasons – Preschool Learning Activity

DIY Felt Board to Teach Seasons and Weather to Preschoolers

Making a felt board to teach the seasons, weather and even holidays to children is easier than you might think, and can even count as whimsical wall art! This also comes with a free printable template for all the shapes AND a coloring page for each season to place above the board! This is a […]

DIY Montessori Sand Writing and Drawing Tray – Preschool Learning Activity

DIY Montessori Sand Writing Tray with Free Printable for the Letter Cards

Use this handy, fun Montessori sand writing tray to teach your child how to write their letters, and ultimately, learn to read! It comes with a free printable for all the letters. Montessori Sensitive Period Our four-year-old, Gabriel, is having one of those sensitive periods (as described in the Montessori Method) where he is hungry […]

Learn Shapes with Craft Sticks – Preschool Learning Activity

Learn Shapes with Craft Sticks for Preschool - Free Printable!

Shapes are an important part of building math skills and are very useful for teaching colors as well. Aside from shape puzzles, I’ve been trying to come up with activities to help my children (a toddler and a preschooler) with their shapes and finally found a super easy, Montessori-inspired one using supplies I already had […]

How to Go on a Nature Walk – Preschool Learning Activity

My Merry Messy Life: How to go on a Nature Walk with Kids to Inspire an Appreciation for Nature

Going on a nature walk or scavenger hunt with your children is an excellent way to inspire a love and appreciation for the natural world. I share how we do it and give a free printable for your own nature hunt book! Once we decided we were going to try homeschooling for pre-k, I searched […]

Preschool Learning Activities – Montessori Math and Language Works and Trays

My Merry Messy Life: Montessori Inspired Preschool Tray Activities - Pattern Blocks

We have just started preschool at home with our oldest, he’s four, and here are the Montessori inspired trays we are introducing to him! The activities in these trays could be used in any preschool classroom, for a busy bag, supplemental preschool at home, or a Montessori homeschool and are very budget friendly.  Gabe is […]

Montessori Preschool Activities – Water Transfer Trays

My Merry Messy Life: Cheap Montessori Water Transfer Tray Activity for Preschoolers

Here are some fun and educational activities anyone can do at home with young children – whether or not you subscribe to the Montessori educational philosophy. These budget-friendly materials (under $10) can be used to pass the time, as part of your preschool homeschool routine, and even a fun activity for a playdate! We all […]

Free Fun for Kids – Shredded Paper Sensory Play

My Merry Messy Life: Shredded Paper Sensory Fun Play for Kids

Before you recycle or throw out the bin of shredded paper from your shredder, consider letting it loose for the kids! This is a great sensory activity and my boys loved using their diggers and dumpers to push the paper around. Sensory play is so important in early childhood education – they learn with their […]

Homeschooling Made Simple – Marnie from Carrots are Orange Shares

Homeschooling Advice for Beginners

Welcome back to my Homeschooling Made Simple series, where we are hearing from homeschooling bloggers to learn their tips and tricks and advice for newbies. Today I’m very excited to welcome Marnie from Carrots Are Orange I love Marnie’s Montessori-inspired blog and have learned so much from her knowledge and training, implementing many of her ideas […]

Homeschooling Made Simple – Valerie from “Collecting the Moments” Shares

A Glimpse into Homeschooling

Today I’m excited to welcome Valerie from Collecting the Moments… one by one, who’s quite the experienced homeschooling mom. She has a lovely blog where she writes about homeschooling, cooking, crafting and farming with her family. This post is part of a series called Homeschooling Made Simple where I’ve invited homeschooling bloggers to share their […]