Discover: Montessori Winter Practical Skill Activities

We’ve been celebrating Montessori learning all week, and I couldn’t end without hitting upon one of the cornerstones of Montessori education – practical life skills.

I wanted to share a few simple ideas to help your child practice life skills this winter. None of them take more than 5 minutes of prep, and they each require minimal supplies.

For these winter practical skill activity trays you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains a few Woodpeckers Crafts and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*


  • Wooden trays like these simple nested trays (you can use BIRCH5 for an extra 5% off at Woodpecker Crafts!)
  • Bowls, pitchers, spoons, and a towel
  • Collected nature items
  • Ice and salt
  • Pom-poms, pipe cleaners, and bells
  • Tweezers
  • Baking soda
  • A small brush or similar

5 Montessori Winter Practical Skill Arrangements

Our Montessori winter practical skill nature soup activity.
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Arrangement #1: Winter Soup

A “Winter Soup” set up is a wonderful way for kids to practice practical kitchen skills like pouring, using utensils, and cleaning up.

Our Montessori winter practical skill mini ice melt activity.
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Arrangement #2: Mini Ice Melt

A bowl of ice accompanied by a pitcher of warm water, mortar of salt, and small spoon initiates the transfer of materials and the use of utensils, as well as being a mini-science experiment to boot!

Our Montessori winter practical skill Pom Pom pinecone push activity.
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Arrangement #3: Pom-cones

Pushing pom-poms into pinecones, then taking them out with tweezers is great for fine motor skill development and utensil practice.

Our Montessori winter practical skill snowflake threading activity.
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Arrangement #4: Snowflake Build

A tray of pipe cleaners and bells presents the opportunity to do some threading and snowflake-building.

Our Montessori winter practical skill snowy tracks activity.
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Arrangement #5: Snowy Tracks

Cover a printed sheet of animal tacks with some baking soda snow. A small brush can be used to sweep away the snow and uncover each line of tracks. This is wonderful sweeping, brushing, and fine motor skill practice as well as the perfect opportunity to learn about winter animals and their tracks!

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Amazon or Woodpecker Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click-through to make a purchase, we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

Five winter-themed Montessori trays to help your child develop and practice basic life skills this season. | via barley & birch
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