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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Montessori Activities - Bottles & Tops + Matching Shapes

Hope everyone is having a great Thursday! I am glad to finally see some sunshine after a couple rainy days!

I have two activities to share today. The first one consists of bottles/tops that can no doubt be found around your house. Using different shapes and sizes would maximize the activity.

Bottle & Tops Directions:
Put the bottles & tops in front of your child, slowly place each top on it's corresponding bottle and screw on. Your child may want to take over. If the child is still too young to accomplish screwing each lid on securely it's still a great activity for matching and understanding different sizes.

My daughter enjoys stacking the bottles after she is done and even seeing if some fit inside others. Let your child explore as they want, of course if the child starts using the bottles in inappropriate ways just put the activity away for another time.

When finished have the child put them back on a tray and put back in the place where they belong.
The next activity is a matching activity. I have a die cutter which I used to cut out different shapes in a variety of sizes. If you don't have this, any craft store will most likely carry foam shapes in an assortment of sizes.

Matching Directions:

Lay one of each shape out on a table. I started with four shapes and gradually added to it according to my daughter's ability. Have the corresponding shapes laid out randomly underneath. Slowly put each shape underneath (or on top of) the corresponding shape. Your child may take over as he/she wants. Use a minimal amount of words.

Matching Sizes Directions:

Do the same as above but add different sizes of each shape for increased difficulty. I started with a small, medium and large star. I then added other small, medium & large shapes according to my daughters ability. Below my daughter is seen matching hearts, stars and flowers.

What I love about Montessori activities is the simplicity of them. It's not complicated or ground-breaking material but simple, straight forward excercises to challenge our children.

I am always looking for new activities to do with my child, so if you have any suggestions please share!

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