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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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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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Introducing 3-Part Cards (and a Giveaway!) CLOSED

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: 3-part cards are another classic Montessori activity. I was excited when I found a free set of frog 3-part cards from the Montessori Print Shop and decided to try them right away.

Material:

A set of 3-part cards. Our first set was the Frog Nomenclature […]

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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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Tape Maze

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This is a variation on the traditional Montessori “Walking on the Line” activity.

Material:

A roll of masking tape.

Procedure:

Tape a very long piece of masking tape to the floor. Place several other long pieces of masking tape on the floor that cross […]

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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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Montessori at Home: Book Review & Giveaway (CLOSED)

 

From: Several months ago John Bowman contacted me and asked if he could use some of my Tot School pictures in his new book Montessori at Home. Now his book is finished and he has offered to give away a free copy to one of my lucky readers.

Observations: This book is aimed […]

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Counting and Banding Spindles

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Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: I saw a box of cocktail stirrers at Target and thought they would work for the Montessori spindle box activity.

Material:

45 sturdy cocktail stirrers (We found ours at Target near the paper cups. I had to buy 2 boxes to get 45 stirrers.), Popsicle sticks […]

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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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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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