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“I Spy” – Montessori Style

Sweet Pea was about 3 years old.


From: “I Spy” is a well known children’s game, but in this version, the clues are sounds instead of colors. This is a classic Montessori activity that helps children begin to recognize phonetic sounds. I first read about it in David Gettman’s book Basic Montessori Learning […]

Writing in Jello Powder

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This very fun sticky finger writing activity from Teach Mama has been on my to-do list since I first saw her post about it.


2 packets of gelatin dessert mix (Better known as “Jello”). Jelly roll tray. Foil. (Optional, but helps with clean-up.) Milk cap letters. […]

Do-A-Dot Letter Mazes

Sweet Pea was 4 years old.

From: I found this quick Do-A-Dot letter recognition idea at Tons of Fun and also at A Mommy’s Adventures.


Do-A-Dot Markers. A-Z Letter Maze Worksheets. (All of the letter worksheets are included in one file. Right click on link and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target […]

Lowercase Do-A-Dot Letters

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: I have finally finished the lowercase Do-A-Dot letters! A long time ago, I created a set of uppercase Do-A-Dot letters and since then, many people have asked me to also make a lowercase version. It took me much longer to make these than I expected, but […]

Foam Letter Name Stamp

My access to the internet has been very limited so I have not been able to post as regularly as usual. Things should hopefully be back to normal next week.

Sweet Pea is 47 months old.

From: I was trying to think of a way for Sweet Pea to put her name on […]

Letter Search with Stickers

Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: The Activity Mom did this quick letter matching activity, which I think originally came from Crunchy and Green.


Alphabet stickers. (You can get these almost anywhere. We found ours at Target.) Letter matching worksheets. (Start with the partial alphabets worksheets on the top row and only […]

Uppercase Do-A-Dot Letters

Sweet Pea is 35 months old.

From: Erika from Confessions of a Homeschooler often posts an individual Do-A-Dot letter worksheet when her tot is learning a particular letter (P for example), but I had trouble searching her site to find all of the letters. I also searched the web, but was surprised that I […]

Letter Matching Eggs

Sweet Pea is 35 months old.

From: I am not sure where I first saw this idea, but This Little Project posted about a letter matching egg game and Crunchy and Green also posted about it, along with some other good ideas for plastic eggs.


26 Plastic eggs. Permanent marker. 2 Baskets or […]

Foam Puzzles

Sweet Pea is 31 months old.

From: We got this set of 4 foam puzzles as a gift from Sweet Pea’s grandma.


Foam Puzzles (I couldn’t find the exact set that we were given. Here is a link to an uppercase and lowercase puzzle that Carissa from 1+1+1=1 recommends, plus […]

Drawing in a Sand Tray

Sweet Pea is 27 months old.

From: A traditional Montessori lesson involves showing children how to draw letters in a tray of salt. I saw this activity using sand instead of salt at Chasing Cheerios.


Strong shallow box or a jelly roll pan. Non-toxic sand or salt to cover the bottom of the […]