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Teaching Your Tot To Tie A Knot

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: I was getting ready to show Sweet Pea a sewing activity (which I will post about next time) when she surprised me by saying she knew how to tie a knot. Her preschool teacher had shown her this very simple method and in delightful reversal, Sweet […]

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Scrubbing Appliances

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: One day when I was cleaning the kitchen, Sweet Pea begged to help me. I found a spray bottle and a cloth and showed her how to wipe down the appliances.

Material:

Cloth. Spray bottle of water.

Procedure:

Show your tot how to aim the spray […]

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Cherry Pitting

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: Given the opportunity, I think I might be able to eat my weight in cherries. They happen to be in season around here right now so when I saw this cherry pitter at the grocery store, I thought cherry pitting would make a great activity for Sweet […]

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Shoe Polishing

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: I first read about shoe polishing as a traditional Montessori activity in Maja Pitamic’s excellent book Teach Me To Do It Myself.

Material:

Uncolored shoe polish (We used beeswax sealer from The Walking Company, Montessori Services sells a natural shoe conditioner, and For Small Hands has a […]

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Using Tweezers to Sort Pony Beads

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Sweet Pea is 47 months old.

From: This is another activity suggested in John Bowman’s new book Montessori at Home (I am giving away a copy here.)

Material:

Tweezers (I used rounded-tip beading tweezers). A bowl of pony beads in 4 different colors 4 Small bowls.

Procedure:

Sit near your tot […]

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Introduction to a Ruler

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Sweet Pea is 46 months old.

From: This activity was in John Bowman’s new book Montessori at Home (I am giving away a copy here.)

Material:

Ruler. Table knife. 1 can of Play-Doh (You can also make your own, but a Play-Doh is very cheap so I don’t think it is worth the […]

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Spice Grinder

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Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: I found this cute little cinnamon and sugar grinder at the grocery store and thought it would be a great practical life activity for Sweet Pea.

Material:

Spice grinder. Thinly sliced apples.

Procedure:

Show your tot how to hold the grinder upside down over the […]

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Stringing Straws & Buttons

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Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: I am sure I’m not the first one to do this, but I don’t remember where I have seen it before. It is an oldie, but goodie.

Material:

4-5 Drinking straws. (We used clear ones because we had them on hand, but I think colored ones would […]

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Thanksgiving Feather Cutting

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Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: I observed Sweet Pea doing this activity in her preschool class.

Prerequisite: If your tot hasn’t worked with scissors before, I suggest you try the Introduction to Scissors – Cutting Play-doh activity first.

Material:

Feather Cutting worksheet (This file is a .pdf files and requires […]

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Transfering Pom-Poms with a Clothespin

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Sweet Pea is 41 months old.

From: I saw this quick Pegging Pom-Poms activity on All Join In.

Material:

Clothespins. Ice cube tray. Pom-Poms or cotton balls. (You will need as many pom-poms as there are spaces in your ice cube tray.) Bowl or basket for the pom-poms.

Procedure:

Put the […]

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