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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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Spice Grinder

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Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: I found this cute little cinnamon and sugar grinder at the grocery store and thought it would be a great practical life activity for Sweet Pea.

Material:

Spice grinder. Thinly sliced apples.

Procedure:

Show your tot how to hold the grinder upside down over the […]

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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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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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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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Spreading Egg Salad with a Knife

Sweet Pea is 32 months old.

From: I know that spreading something with a knife is a common Montessori activity, but I am not sure where I first read about it.

Material:

Egg salad, cream cheese, jelly or any other food item that spreads easily. A small bowl to contain the spreadable item. Several […]

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