B (now about 2 1/2 years old) likes to paint THINGS. He’s not so much into just painting on a piece of paper, although he will. He is VERY motivated to paint something, such as a wooden airplane or a pumpkin. In this project we painted wooden balls (it’s what we had available). Knowing that the balls would roll away, I put them in an old, lightweight frying pan. B had fun using his paintbrush and turning the pan to get paint all over the wooden balls. Then I added some cut out paper shapes on the bottom of the pan. SIMPLE, EASY, FUN!
Calling all crafty parents! What is your favorite pumpkin craft? I’m so curious to see what other people do with their pumpkins (assume you buy one for fall). Carve it? Paint it? Decorate it? Roast seeds? Eat it?
B enjoyed picking out his own pumpkin, carrying it home (in the stroller), and decorating it. First he painted it and then he cut paper shapes and glued them on. B assured me that what you see below is the pumpkin’s face. He can describe exactly where the mouth and eyes are, although you might not see it. Then he added some frizzy “hair.” Daddy mistook the hair for leaves but B confirmed that it was the pumpkin’s hair – NOT leaves.
Do you have a favorite fall craft for the kids?
Here is a link to the YouTube video of our pumpkin craft: Pumpkin painting. SUPER EASY!
What are your Montessori moments this week? Here are some of ours. Of course, you can have more categories such as fine motor skills, memory, geography, or science. Below are just a few we are working on – Sensorial, Art, Practical Life Skills, Language, and Math.
Playing with dried beans and sand. Usually some sort of vehicle is also involved. Dirt has also been a big hit recently too. We find a dirt pile under a trees and B plays contentedly for a long time usually digging, scooping, sweeping, etc.
How many things can you paint with? Brushes, marbles, cars, sponges, empty paper towel rolls? Here B made a painting with q-tips. He enjoyed folding the paper in half and making a reflection. He REALLY loved displaying his art and showing Daddy. We asked him what he made and he responded, “Ducks!”
PRACTICAL LIFE SKILLS
Typically practice life skills activities in our home include cutting fruit, buttering bread, making smoothies, vacuuming, etc. Some toys can utilize practice life skills as well. This jeep and drill toy lets B practice taking the screws and bolts on and off. Very entertaining.
B liked this phonics game. I put a variety of objects in a bin and he had to decide which cup they should go in – the “A”, “B”, or “C” cup – based on the beginning sounds. The apple piece and bagel were eating and he insisted the cap go back on the bottle, but otherwise he understood the game and had fun.
B enjoyed putting my cut out numbers in order from 1 to 10. He can count higher but we are working on mastering order (when the numbers are out of order) and value. We also count everything and enjoy playing with shapes.
PATTERNS – Early math for toddler and pre-k kids
Patterns are a great activity for toddlers and pre-k kids. This is a beginning math concept and be use introduced along with sorting and matching. B (2 1/2 years old) sort of gets the concept but we are still working on mastery. This week he enjoyed a few patterns with wooden shapes. Then he spent quite awhile playing with the shapes and eventually driving his cars around the shapes. Are you teaching patterns? How do you demonstrate this concept?
Here B is helping me finish the patterns made with wooden shapes and counting bears. Of course, you could use just about ANYTHING – pom poms, stickers, foam pieces, etc.
Here are some other great resources for pattern ideas. As you will see, you can get very creative and advanced with these pattern games!