We have checked them out of the library for each of my kids and I just absolutely love them. They are a Montessori-based set of videos that are about 20 years old with corny but catchy tunes, showing toddlers and preschoolers doing all sorts of independent activities, like the jacket flip, pouring juice, making a peanut butter sandwich, caring for pets, learning to zip and button their clothes, setting the table, folding clothes and more.
They are hard to find, but there are a few on Amazon. Your best bet may be your local library. Or, if you have a VHS player, there are more copies to be found out there.
So we got our usual library copy and I showed it to Love Bug, my 3 1/2 year old. As soon as it was over, he asked to make a peanut butter sandwhich. He did each step from getting a plate out of a cabinet to spreading the peanut butter on the bread. And then he ate the sandwich with a big grin on his face.
Another day, I set up a basket of supplies for setting the table. Aren’t these set-the-table placemats great? (Affiliate Link) They are by Melissa & Doug.
He set to work happily, putting everything in place.
I showed him how to fold a napkin and he was able to fold the next one by himself.
Then he poured milk using the technique from the videos: using 2 hands, pouring into the middle of the cup’s bottom, telling me which was the spout and which was the handle of the little pitcher.
Have you used these videos with your child? I’d love to hear about your experience.
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