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Collecting Pom-Poms

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: When Sweet Pea began to tire of the Tape Maze, I extended it with this activity.

Material:

Masking Tape. A handful of pom-poms or cotton balls Small bucket or bowl.

Procedure:

Set up a tape maze as I described in the Tape Maze activity. Have […]

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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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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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Coffee Filter Spray Art Flowers

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Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: Simple. Messy. Fun!, Sycamore Stirrings and Our Crafts -N- Things all had variations on this activity.

Material:

Washable markers. 5 – 10 coffee filters. Spray bottle. Jellyroll pan, a plastic tablecloth or some other way to cover the work area. Towel. Smock or bib (optional).

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Intro to Geometry: Curved or Straight

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Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: I found this really quick activity at Sunbeams and Sanity, who found it on Montessori for Everyone.

Material:

Curved or Straight Worksheet # 1 and Curved or Straight Worksheet # 2 (These are both .pdf files and require Foxit or Adobe Acrobat to view them.) You can […]

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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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Sidewalk Water Painting

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Sweet Pea is 38 months old.

From: This is a very fun and easy outdoor activity that I saw on the excellent Teach Mama blog.

Material:

Pleasant weather. An old paintbrush. Bowl of water. Concrete, wood, rocks or any other object that can be “painted” with water.

Procedure:

Bring your materials […]

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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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