Montessori ideas to learn about night time and play in the dark!

With the hours of day light shorter and the darker winter months ahead, it becomes less appealing to go outside. Some children might be frightened by the night. 

Let me share with you some activities to learn about night time, play outside even if it's dark and some indoor activities that are perfect for this time of the year.

Learn about Night time with those Montessori friendly activities:

- learn about the constellations and spot the stars in the night sky

Download a star count activity pack from CPRE association. 

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A monthly box of Montessori activities for children aged 3 to 6.

- invest in a good telescope (still searching for the perfect one, recommendations welcome!)

- observe the moon and learn about the moon cycle. Record the moon cycle every day for 28 days.

- learn about nocturnal animals (download your freebie below, click on the picture)

- go for a walk with a lamp torch and teach your child how to assemble and dissemble the torch.

  1. Melissa and Doug Torch/flashlight: a very big and safe one
  2. Brainstorm space torch: more a fun projector than a light. There is also "animals", dinosaurs and many other brands do similar torches. 
  3. Hape wooden flashlight: hand charged, made from Bamboo.
  4. Animal flashlight: dynamo system with rechargeable battery included.

- Play hide and seek in the dark: it's best to play that game in your garden or even in the house with the lights dimmed to the minimum. Give a torch to your child and have one yourself. Keep the game short to help your child to get used to the darkness. 

- if you have a fire pit, roast marshmallows and enjoy the night sky.

- Use glow in the dark chalk to draw outside. Hard to find but you can make your own!

- Paint some pebbles with glow in the dark paint and hide them in the neighborhood

- Remember when you were making shadows with your hands? Here are some ideas:

- Make a shadow puppet theater: Great how to + printable templates  or buy it ready-made (we had one about the Little Red Hood)

- Roll some beeswax candles

- Decorate some candles and candle holders

- Use Glow in the dark sticks: for a dance party in the dark, a bath in the dark, a treasure hunt in the dark (glow sticks showing the cues)

- If your child is afraid of the dark, see our books recommendations here.

- Create a cosy reading nook with fairy lights

- organise a sleepover in the living room with an early movie night

Have you tried any of these ideas? Share yours in the comments!

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.

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