Monday, 27 June 2011

June Montessori Activities

I have turned the space rocket back into 2 bookcases full of Montessori style
They haven't stopped playing with them...well it is a typical UK Summer!
Activities for an 18 mth old and 4 year old...

1st bookcase contains:

Sequencing cards

Homemade sticker activities based on what stickers I have in the house.
This one is matching upper and lower case letters
I have also made counting ones, match the initial sound to the animal, put the cars on the road etc
This is in a seed tray because real Montessori trays are very expensive!

Put the right number of glass beads on the sticks
Or just place them on anyway you like.

Velcro fruit and vegetables
Chopping them in half and placing them in the pots
This is their favourite and is done about 6 times a day by both of them

Matching the right colour lolly stick to the plastic cups
(Cups from supermarket picnic section)

Sorting cutlery 
(from Ikea Kid's section)

Sorting buttons 

2nd bookshelf

Matching butterflies
Printed then laminated from here

More challenging matching game
Printed 2 sets of butterfly pictures and cut a third out to match up.
More interesting matching task for older children

They are quite detailed and different.

Play basket with felt playmat, gnomes, toadstools, woodenblocks, shells, a real assortment of things
they would not normally put together.

A songbook Big Seed illustrated with some instruments

Laminated puzzle of a ladybird from here

Also not shown in photos:
* Basket of homemade playdough in a tub with alphabet cutters
* Tweezing furry pompoms with sugar tweezers into a glass jar
* Using pipette to transfer water onto suction pads of soap holder
* Number puzzle
* Spooning marbles into ice cube tray
*Pouring beads from 2 empty paint pots

Two Little Seeds at work together


Saturday, 4 June 2011

Space Theme

I know it is not a popular time of year to cover Space but the Two Seeds
went to a Space themed birthday party so we were inspired.

This is our Sensory Box. 
The Moon

Filled with sand and flour! It's brilliant!
Crystals, glass stones and some space toys.
We kept it simple, you don't need to fill it with expensive stuff.

This is the shot before they played with it.
There is a flat shell and a smooth garden stone too.
Later on they played with diggers and rollers as "moon buggies".

Free play with the space toys that came in a tube.
Found on Amazon.

Melissa and Doug Space floor puzzle. Its gorgeous.

3 part cards from here

We have been doing lots of colour mixing to paint planets.

This is our space role play area: a rocket.
Using the 2 cheap bookshelves again, I brought them closer together.
Tied a rainbow silk as a roof ( you can use a sheet), with wooden clips,
tied with string in the middle to my shelf on the wall to give it height.
2 baby chairs for rocket seats, tool kit box to fix the rocket,
food, cushions and silks to sleep in, and of course space helmets.

The brown one is seriously oversized...but he likes it that way!

At the back on the wall is a "window"...a collage of printables that we cut out,
numbers 10-0, planets, stars, etc.

As time has progressed the boys decorated the rockets with decorated stars,
more windows and buttons.

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