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Using a Montessori Finger Chart for Addition

Montessori Finger Chart for Addition

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

Prerequisite: This purpose of this activity is to help with the memorization of addition facts. Your child should already be very familiar with the concept of addition and be able to write all of the numerals from zero to nine.

From: The addition working chart or finger […]

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Building Words with the Movable Alphabet

Word Building (Free Printable Movable Alphabet and Pink Series Word Cards)

Sweet Pea was about 4 years old when she was introduced to this work.

From: The Movable Alphabet is a set of letters that allow children to build words before they have started either writing or reading. It is a very classic and well-known piece of Montessori work.

Prerequisite: You and your child […]

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Using a Gravy Separator (and an Introduction to Density)

Gravy Separator (and introduction to the density of liquids) via Shannon's Tot School

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

Intro: This is a super easy practical life lesson with a good dose of science. During the holidays, Sweet Pea saw my gravy separator and wanted to know what it was, so I set up this quick little activity for her on the spot.

Prerequisite: Your tot should be […]

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DIY Braiding Box

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Lately, Sweet Pea has been very interested in braiding. There is a braiding board in her classroom at school that she often talks about which inspired me to create a version for her to use at home.

Material:

Cardboard box. Duct Tape. 3 Different colors of […]

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Berry Basket Weaving

Berry Basket Weaving (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I loved this beautiful strawberry basket weaving with yarn at Paint Cut Paste, and decided to try let Sweet Pea try an easier version with ribbon.

Material:

Berry basket. Ribbon. Scissors.

Procedure:

Wrap a piece of ribbon around the basket 2 times to […]

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Lower Case Milk Cap Letters (& Intro to Alphabetical Order)

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Ever since I posted a worksheet with my original upper case milk cap letters, people have been emailing me asking for a set of lower case letters too. I finally created a set of them and thought up this quick activity for introducing alphabetical order […]

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Cooking with Kids: Banana Ice Cream

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: I first saw this cool (ha!) and extremely healthy snack idea at The Kitchn.

Material:

Very ripe bananas. Cutting Board. Table knife. Small ziplock baggie. Milk (optional). A food processor, blender, magic bullet, etc. Toppings & Mix-Ins: 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 2 TBS chocolate chips, 1 TBS […]

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Sorting Coins (& U.S. Coin 3-Part Cards)

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: Sweet Pea is very interested in putting money into her piggy bank so I thought she would like to learn more about coins. I found this coin sorting activity at the Activity Mom.

Material:

A variety of different coins. Coin cards. (I created my […]

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Polishing Pennies

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This idea was from Quirky Momma.

Material:

1/4 cup Vinegar. 1 tsp Salt. A small (non-metal) bowl for the vinegar and salt. A bowl of water. Several grubby pennies. Rags for scrubbing the pennies. Towels for containing the mess.

 

Procedure:

Mix the salt and vinegar […]

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Introduction to Sewing

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Sweet Pea was 46 months old.

From: This activity was inspired by a section on sewing in John Bowman’s book Montessori at Home.

Prerequisite: Your tot should be very good at lacing before you introduce him to sewing.

Material:

Shelf Liner. Embroidery Floss Sewing Hoop Dull needle. (We found a package of plastic beading […]

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