Best Montessori activity ideas
Geoboard - Three Ways
Otis has been home from school for the past three days, so we have pulled out a few new tasks! Above is a typical geoboard with the extra turn of utilizing grid paper. The kid draws contours on the paper then makes the shapes on the plank. When using the geoboard Otis typically makes arbitrary contours and occasionally creates a picture or minor scene. Above he is using a transparent plank on the light table. I made Otis this natural geoboard - inspired by this place at Fairy Dust Teaching. I really like how it's just a little rustic and gets the kid think only a little differently about making the shapes. It appears slightly more colorful too!
Alphabet Mystery Bag
Do you have an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet at home? If so, this is a really enjoyable activity that strengthens knowledge on the shapes and sort of letters. I wouldn't do this in a way to teach children their letters or to test them but to augment their knowledge. I'd include letters they are confident with alongside letters they may be struggling with. Select the letters from the Alphabet Puzzle (or Moveable Alphabet) and put them in the Enigma Tote without the child seeing. Encourage the child over to sit down at a work mat or table. Encourage the child to put one or both hands in the bag and one at a time, without peeking, identify which letter they are holding.
The idea is the fact that through touch the child forms a picture of the letter in their own mind. If they can remember the sound of the letter it can help raise their connection between the sound as well as the shape and type of the letter. As an extension, in case you have included vowels and consonants you may also invite the kid to make some words with the letters they have identified.
Above Otis puts his hand in the Puzzle Tote and feels for a letter. He's identified this as a 'w'. He sets the letter on the mat and puts his hand back in for another letter. The Puzzle Bag is one of our favourite materials which we have used many times over the years. It really heightens their sense of touch. Our Mystery Bag is an easy silk lined, drawstring bag. I usually be sure it remains to around five things in the tote. With all activities at home, I try to be sure it stays engaging and lighthearted. In case you give this a go I hope you enjoy!
Using Scales and Balance Buckets
Yesterday I wrote about one of our action trays with scales (balance bucket) and some coloured glass beads, shells and wood pieces. Below are some other Montessori and Query-Based learning notions that I love. These actions are also really easy to put together. Our scales were around $15, or you also could use kitchen scales, and we only use stuff we already have at home! I adore the sensory table for younger kids (#6). I presume I'll try a set up like #3 next, where the child has various substances to consider and record - it looks excellent for some added mathematics and literacy skills!
1. Equilibrium pail with loose components at How we Montessori (on our shelves here).
2. Maths In the Resort Area at An notion on Tuesday.
3. Magnet Trays and Scale Weighing at Learning Cente of Dundee Omaha, Nebraska
4. Drop Inspired Weighing Action with Balance Scales at Montessori from the Heart.
5. General Mathematics Provocations at Welcome to Primary.
6. Equilibrium Scales in the Sensory Table for An Regular Story.
7. Balance scales at How we Montessori.
8. Investigating Measurement Through Play - Mass at Suzie's Home Education Thoughts.
Geometry Love- Montessori Stuff for Geometric Form Work
You could have estimated following yesterday's post, that we've been doing lots of geometric contour work around here! We have been using the Geo Strips (number 3.) and I am often asked about them. So I Have compiled a quick list of some other geometric shape building sticks and pieces that may be helpful for a Montessori house or classroom!
1. Learning Edge Linking GeoStix (Australia here).
2. Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Construction Set (similar Australia here).
3. Geo Strips (Australia here) (you can see Otis using the Geo Strips in this place).
4. Wikki Stix Basic Contours Creative Entertaining Kit.
5. Learning Resources Transparent Anglegs (the Anglegs come in different sizes also!).
6. Montessori Geometric Stick Stuff (Australia here) (I love this graphic from Westside Montessori School of the Montessori Geometric Stick work, with a simple description).