5 fun, hands-on ways to teach 3D shapes to toddlers / preschoolers (with FREE printables)

This is one Montessori lesson which my son and I enjoyed a lot. So I am sharing all the fun ways you can use to teach your child about 3D Shapes / Geometric solids.


You can see a detailed video here:

For now, here are loads of FREE printables that you can use to make this lesson even more interesting!

Download the FREE printables here:

Montessori Geometric Solids




India-themed toddler activities for Independence Day! (with 12 FREE printables!!)

Today I am extremely happy to share with you snapshots of our India themed activity shelf along with loads of FREE Printables that you can download at the end of the post.

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As always, i will include a detailed video of the activities in some time.

As of now here are the pictures :) (sorry i just have 5 minutes to write this post, as my lil toddler will be up any minute ;-) )

Here is a look at our shelf. I used some flags and posters to create the India-theme:


First tray was an introduction to our tri-color national flag, along with some geographical study. I created a little Asia continent printable with India on it. We also studied the phonic sound “I” of India.


Later we did our favorite scooping / pouring work using rice and two other lentils. This gelled with the tri-color of the Flag :)


Then we studied about famous freedom fighters of India along with some special national attributes.

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We also had fun studying the national state animals of India!

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Next up, we matched some famous spices of India to their printable cards!


We also used music instrument cards and art appreciation cards as pre-reading cards:


art cards

Next, we had a fun time matching artistic elephants! Such a great visual discrimination activity.


We also did a pre-writing activity by making black stripes on a Tiger.


And finally we did some FUN fine motor activity using DIY Flags and Tri-color clay :)


Download all the FREE printables here:

Elephant matching – visual discrimination

Famous Indian (Asian) Animals

Famous Indian musical instruments

I is for India

India – Asia continent study

India – famous attributes

India art cards

Indian Freedom Fighters

Indian national flag

Indian spices

Main occupation of India – Agriculture

Tiger- make stripes

And here is the Vlog:

Hope you enjoyed reading about this unit study! Do share your comments and feedback, I love to hear from you :)



Today i am linking up at :


Preschool and kindergarten community, ArtsyCraftsyMom, The KLP linky party hosted by Every star is different and Montessori Nature,  Tot school Gathering Place, 


Montessori-inspired unit study – Sea Shells themed!

We are a big fan of Montessori-inspired unit studies. It is such a fun, hands-on way to learn about new concepts!

Few months back we went on a fun beach holiday, and i had picked up packet full of gorgeous,lovely sea shells. We used it for few of our works here and there, but for most of the time they just were sitting idle in my Montessori supply cabinet. So i thought of creating a unit study focused on sea shells, and I am so glad I did, because my son has been having so much fun!

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Let me quickly share with you the activities on his Montessori shelf. I will also link up my video at the end, so that you can have a closer look at the activities :-)

1. Practical life: Dry and wet pouring works. I have started introducing a few glass cutlery on my son’s shelf (ONLY under my supervision). I was reluctant at the beginning, but i wanted to see how he could ‘handle’ it.transfer

So far he is doing a wonderful task of carefully holding the glass wares. I am so proud of this little boy who is all of 30 months! I am so grateful to Dr. Montessori and her thought process behind every work and philosophy that she introduced to us.

2. Next we closely studied some shells using a magnifying glass.mag glass


3. Math work! This was a huge HIT. We focused on number “8” today…counting 8 beautiful shells and also traced the sandpaper number.counting


4. Sensorial work. I presented him a tray with flour (to be used as white sand), some sea animals and shells. He had so much fun creating a beach right inside our home :-)beach


5. Art tray: We colored some shells. He showed so much focus and enthusiasm! And his friends joined in too! Talk about a 3-6 year old Montessori class, right at home <3art


6. Tinker tray: open ended activity – i presented a tray with some green clay (depicting the green sea), some shells, pipe cleaners, forks etc. I just let him explore!tinker tray


7. Size sorting activity: A simple activity to understand large, medium and small. So easy to create at home with just about any object.size

Click below on my video where i have explained the activities in more details. Dont forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and Like my Facebook page for more activity ideas!



Today i am linking up at :

Preschool and kindergarten community, The KLP linky party hosted by Every star is different and Montessori Nature,  Tot school Gathering Place




FREE Printable! Potty Training Progress Chart for Toddlers!

Hello friends!

Here is a fun printable that you can download for free! It is a Potty Training Progress Chart.

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It is in an editable word document, so you can mention your child’s name on it! It comes in a super boy and a super girl version. Once you download the word document, add the name of your child in the line: ……’s potty progress.

Save it as a PDF and then print it off, so that the alignment does not get changed. Kindly email me on sim3283@gmail.com in case you encounter any issue.

Super boy version: Download here: Potty training chart- boy

Super girl version: Download here:Potty training chart – girl

Happy Potty Training!




Giveaway WINNERS announcement!

Last week, I announced an exciting new venture that I am embarking on with Yuliya Fruman from Welcome To Mommyhood called Tot Labs!

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Today, I am very excited to announce the lucky winners of the Tot Labs Giveaway hosted by myself and Yuliya!

And the lucky winners are:

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If you have won the giveaway, please send an email to sim3283@gmail.com and yuliya.fruman@gmail.com with your mailing address so we can send you your printables!

Checkout my amazing business partner Yuliya Fruman:


Her Blog: http://mommyhoodinholland.blogspot.in/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Welcome-to-Mommyhood/

Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/WelcomMommyhood/


Giveaway Time!! Contest :-)

Hello Friends,

I am delighted to host my very first giveaway!

I recently mentioned on my facebook page that I am embarking on an exciting new journey with my blog and Youtube Channel! My business partner and wonderful mommy blogger friend Yuliya Fruman from Welcome to Mommyhood and I have officially partnered up to bring you Tot Labs!

Tot Labs Yuliya and Amruta

In order to celebrate the announcement of our new venture, Tot Labs, we are hosting a giveaway! 2 lucky winners will be randomly selected to receive a set of FREE printables in hard copy, cut out, and laminated from both Mumma Dairies and Welcome to Mommyhood!

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The printable packs will include all of the following: 

From Mumma Diaries

  • Rhyming cards
  • Rainbow shape sorting

From Welcome to Mommyhood

  • Ocean themed prereading cards
  • Ocean themed sorting cards

The contest rules are very simple! Here is what you can do to enter:
1. Subscribe to my YT channel, if you still haven’t: http://bit.ly/1Douf5g
2. Sign up / subscribe to Yuliya’s Blog: http://bit.ly/1RGVQui
3. Your child needs to be in the age group of 2-3 years

Once you subscribe to our respective channel and blog,leave a comment below saying “Me!” to participate in this contest!

You have until Sunday 26 July to enter our contest! The winners will be randomly selected and will be announced on the Welcome to Mommyhood facebook pageMumma Diaries facebook, and our blogs on Monday 27 July!

Checkout my amazing business partner , Yuliya Fruman:


Her Blog: http://mommyhoodinholland.blogspot.in/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Welcome-to-Mommyhood/

Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/WelcomMommyhood/

Thank you for stopping by and happy participating :-)




The beauty of Montessori practical life activities!

It has been a really long time since i sat down to ‘write’ something. But today i just could not stop myself. I have always been fascinated by the concept of ‘Montessori’. I try and include some aspects of it, here and there, in our day-to-day life and on my son’s activity shelf. If you are a first timer here, you can subscribe to my Youtube channel to follow our Montessori-inspired journey!

I truly believe that Montessori is much more than just the materials or works that we often read about. It is a beautiful philosophy. It goes beyond the shelf. It is about ‘observing’ the child and giving him freedom and independence (within safe boundaries) to grow and enrich. I recently wrote a guest article on bringing montessori home. In that article i wrote about how we as parents can involve our children in day to day activities to keep them creatively engaged at home.

Practical life is perhaps the most important aspect of the Montessori philosophy. It is about allowing your child (or rather giving him a chance) to help you in daily home chores be it cooking, cleaning, laundry or gardening. I often like to supplement this with our shelf activities in the form of spooning, scooping, pouring or transferring works. These have been a part of our shelf ever since my son was 15 months old. One year down the line (with quite a few spills and messes), it still is one of my son’s favorite activity!

Last week i set up his shelf with these two activities – wet pouring activity (transferring water from one beaker to other) and dry transferring activity (transferring craft eggs from one creamer to other).

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I love to sit and observe my child when he does his shelf activities. I rarely guide or prompt him unless he asks for it or if i’m introducing a new concept to him.

Even for these two activities, i remained a silent watcher! And it was a delight to see him mix and match & create his own style!

After finishing his usual work of dry and wet pouring, my son combined both these activities together. He had so much fun adding water in to the egg container, and then transferring it from one creamer to other! It is amazing what a child can do, if we just let him explore without interrupting :)

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This ‘combined’ work kept him busy for good 15 minutes! Yay, because it also meant a breather for me :) After all the pouring and transferring, he cleaned up the water mess with a sponge. I love montessori for such small , yet powerful teachings!

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Next, was his own imaginative play! He created his own little kitchen – the sponge became the gas stove, the creamers became a ‘mixer’, the beakers were his vessels to make some egg dish for mumma <3 This was my most favorite part!

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The purpose of this post is simple – to share with you the beauty of Montessori. It has helped me understand my child better. It has helped me slow down. It has taught me to always ‘follow’ the child and let him explore and self-learn.

Not everything you do for your child needs to have a ‘purpose’ or be ‘educational’…because a child imagines, explores (and in the process learns) from such simple, frugal activities.

Do write to me if you had any such ‘aha’ moment. I would love to hear from you.