Blog Archive

This post contains links to products on Amazon. If you purchase items through these links, I receive a small percentage of every sale.

Montessori-inspired Red Activities for Tots & Preschoolers

I've designed these Montessori-inspired Red Activities for Tots & Preschoolers as an intro to some of the preschool Montessori materials and activities, but made it easy enough for Sunshine to feel successful.

All activities are designed around the color red, introducing specific red Montessori materials in the preschool curriculum.  

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Over the past few months Sunshine has watched her older siblings use some of our new Montessori materials.  

She is constantly asking when it's her turn.  

As the kiddos learn about the earth, continents, and countries with their flags, she always asks to join in.

Montessori-inspired Red Activities for Tots and Preschoolers

Here's what Sunshine's been up to!

Montessori-inspired Red Activities for Tots and Preschoolers

R is for Red

R is for Red Painting Activity (Free Printable)

When I asked Sunshine what type of learning time activity she wanted on her shelves this week she told me she wanted to paint.  

I'm trying out these new spill proof cups to see if they'll work.  So far so good!

Source:  This printable is part of my Red Activities for Tots & Preschoolers Printable Pack 1. This is a Subscriber's Only Freebie. Follow the directions at the bottom of this post for your free copy.

Number 1 Sand Tray Writing Activity

Writing the number one using the sandpaper tray.

Sunshine still doesn't recognize any of her numbers or correctly count to five, however she has shown quite the fascination in sandpaper numbers.  

I'm not sure if it's because they're cards, or she likes the textures.

I thought it might be fun to introduce her to a sand tray.  

I've chosen red sand because it's the color of the number one bead bar.  

If nothing else, she'll practice drawing straight lines with her pointer finger, which is a great pre-writing activity.

Making Montessori Red Bead Bars

Making Montessori Red Bead Bars for Kids

To reinforce the concept of the red bead bar, I decided to see if Sunshine could make her own.  

Knowing the capabilities of her little fingers, I made sure to make the pipe cleaners long enough for her to hold on to, as she strung the bead.

She's done an amazing job with this activity.  

Though she lacks finger strength and hand strength, her fine motor coordination is superb.  

We continue to reinforce the idea of "one red bead" as she does the activity each day.

Europe is Red Play Dough Activity

Montessori-inspired Europe Play Dough Activity for Kids (free printable)

When learning about the seven continents, using Montessori materials, Europe is red.  

One might not think that corresponding a color to a continent would make much difference, but I'm here to tell you that it does. 

Bulldozer knew his seven continents at the age of three, because of the color recognition of each.

Maria Montessori was such a brilliant woman.  

In this activity Sunshine will cover the red map of Europe with play dough.  

I'm hoping this will be great fine motor work for her, helping her strengthen finger and hand muscles.

Source:  This printable is part of my Red Activities for Tots & Preschoolers Printable Pack 1. This is a Subscriber's Only Freebie. Follow directions at the bottom of the post for your copy.

Landmarks of Europe

Landmarks of Europe Activity for Kids (free printable)

Since the older kiddos have already familiarized themselves with the landmarks of Europe, I thought I'd let Sunshine use them.  

I put them in a red bowl to continue the idea that Europe is red.  

Sunshine will match up landmark figures with cards.

Source:  This printable is part of my Red Activities for Tots & Preschoolers Printable Pack 1.  This is a Subscriber's Only Freebie. Follow the directions at the bottom of this post for your free copy.

Transferring Red Glass Beads

Transferring Red Glass Beads

Sunshine loves practical life activities. 

This week I'm introducing a new spoon to vary up the activity.  

I've chosen glass beads because they're easy to transfer.  

Once again the color red is being reinforced.

Don't forget to grab your free printable!

Directions on How to Obtain Subscriber Only Freebies

1. Click on the Subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.

2. Subscribe to our free newsletter.

3. Open the thank you message you receive in your e-mail, after subscribing. (Be sure to check your spam folder, as sometimes it ends up there.)

4. Click the confirmation link in the thank you message.

5. Once the confirmation is complete, you will receive another e-mail message with the Subscriber Only Freebies.

6. Click on link.

7. Find the printable pack you are looking for listed in alphabetical order, click on it, and voila!

We hope you enjoy your free printable.

Note: If you are already a newsletter subscriber, open your most recent newsletter. At the bottom you will find a link to the Subscriber Only Freebies page, along with the password in case you forgot it.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy the posts below.

Montessori-inspired Study of Europe Europe Unit Part 2 Continent and Country Activities Montessori-inspired Yellow Activities Montessori-inspired Pink Activities Montessori-inspired Green Activities


  1. This is wonderful! So simple I now I have everything in my stash. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. How gorgeous are those replicas of Europe landmarks!! Great ideas, as always, thanks for sharing!

  3. As always, you've done a brilliant job and continue to inspire me. I am eagerly awaiting the day when my Little Bean is old enough to try some of these activities. I am using the time I have left to put together materials and have to thank you so much for the free printables you offer. I have just started making my own to give away on my blog and maybe I can return the favour at some point.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Good luck with your Little Bean and your blog!

  4. Your activities look very beautiful and appealing! Great work!

  5. Such beautiful work! I know my son would love the Europe-related activities :)

    1. Thank you Elaine! Can't wait to see when you try out some Europe-related activities with your son!

  6. I love how sweet this post is for a toddler! I also greatly appreciate the free printables you offer. Thank you so much!

  7. This looks wonderful. What age range would you recommend these activities for?