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Make Your Own Lacing Cards

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Sweet Pea is 40 months old.

From: I was inspired by these homemade lacing cards on Sorta Crunchy.

Material:

Craft Foam. (We bought ours at Micheal’s.) Scissors. Plastic tipped beading laces. (We also found these at Micheal’s, but you might be able to use an old shoelace.) Double stick tape or loops of […]

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Water Drops on Wax Paper

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Sweet Pea is 39 months old.

From: I found this excellent activity at The Adventures of Bear.

Material:

Wax paper. Permanent marker. Eye dropper (We found ours at Micheals, but you could also use an old Children’s Tylenol bottle dropper.) Small bowl. Liquid water color or food coloring. A piece of blank paper. […]

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Hole Punch

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Sweet Pea is 38 months old.

From: This is another very simple idea from Teach Mama.

Material:

Paper. Hole Punch.

Procedure:

Show your tot how to carefully line up the piece of paper into the business end of the hole punch. Demonstrate squeezing the handles together to punch the hole. Next give […]

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Insert a Poker Chip

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Sweet Pea is 37 months old.

From: I found this quick activity on Counting Coconuts.

Material:

Clean plastic container with a tight fitting lid. (I used an old Gerber Puffs container.) Box cutter or knife. Poker chips or fake coins. Bowl or basket to hold the poker chips.

Procedure:

Carefully cut […]

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Portioning Nuts

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Sweet Pea is 37 months old.

From: I love these new Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds and I bought a huge tub of them from Sam’s Club. However, if I let myself eat them straight out of the jar, I could devour my entire days worth of calories in one sitting. Faced with such […]

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Fun with an Eye Dropper

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Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I saw this in a bunch of places (The Shafer Family, The Adventures of Bear, and My Montessori Journey) and really wanted to do it, but it took me a while to find the non-skid suction mats.

Material:

1 Mini non-skid bathtub suction mat. (I had a […]

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Using a Funnel

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Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I spotted a funnel in my junk drawer and remembered that I had seen “Using a Funnel” on a list of practical life Montessori activities a while ago.

Material:

Funnel. Sink. A sturdy chair or step stool. (If money is no object, then perhaps this beautiful Learning […]

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Grinding Egg Shells

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Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I was browsing through the Montessori Services website when I came across a Grinding Activity Set. I though that Sweet Pea would love something like this and since it was right after Easter, I just happened to have a bunch of dyed, hard-boiled eggs in my […]

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My First Book of Cutting from Kumon

Sweet Pea is 34 months old.

From: We have had great luck with Kumon’s “My First” series of books, so I decided to order Kumon’s My First Book of Cutting from Amazon.

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

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Sticker Shapes

Sweet Pea is 34 months old. (Oh, I groan every time I have to increment this. How bittersweet.)

From: I found this idea on the very useful Confessions of a Homeschooler blog. We originally used the shape tracing template (.pdf file requires Foxit or Adobe Acrobat) from Coloring Castle.

Material:

My shape outline […]

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