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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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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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Paper Punch Art

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: Sweet Pea wanted to make a card for her grandpa one day and I had the idea to let her use flower shapes from a paper punch.

Material:

A few different shapes of craft paper punches (We used a multi-flower punch.) Several colors of paper. Glue. […]

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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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Mighty Mind

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Sweet Pea is 47 months old.

From: I kept seeing the Mighty Mind product pop up on my Amazon recommendations and decided to try it. (Apparently Amazon thinks I am a 4 year-old child. All my recommendations are decidedly geared towards the preschool set. You think I might enjoy reading the new Jean […]

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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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Foam Shape Puzzles

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Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: The Activity Mom blogged about these cute foam shape puzzles and Walking by the Way did a slightly easier version of them.

Material:

Self-adhesive foam shapes (or non-adhesive shapes and glue). 2 or 3 sheets of card stock or heavy paper. Scissors. Sharpie. Basket or bowl […]

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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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Foam Shape Patterns

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Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: I was inspired by pictures of Foam Shape Puzzles and a Mystery Pattern Blocks game in Erica’s Logical Thinking post at ABC and 123. I thought that the cheap foam shapes would be perfect for a patterning activity.

Material:

Self-adhesive foam shapes. (or non-adhesive shapes and […]

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Christmas Tree Counting

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Sweet Pea is 44 months old.

From: I saw this on Carisa’s 1+1+1=1 blog. She originally got the printables from Musings of Me (which also has some other great Christmas worksheets). I loved the concept, but I don’t have a color printer and wanted the stars to be easier to cut out, so […]

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