For Lucy, we had this one to one correspondence activity. Practicing this skill via play (and in a hands on way) is a great way to make the idea of 1:1 concrete for toddlers. Lucy loves using tongs to transfer the pom poms.
Another one of our Montessori Christmas activities was this threading activity, which was very fun for both Cam and Lulu. Lucy in particular is really enjoying it. I’ve simply used a colander and candy cane striped craft pipe cleaners. This is great for fine motor skills and an introduction to sewing.
Cameron is really good at using pegs and this practical life activity was one he wanted to play with before I could take a photo. These tiny wooden Christmas themed pegs added to the fun. He counted with them too.
Lucy was surprisingly good at this pegging practice too. It’s one activity I think I’ll have to adapt and expand on.
I created this DIY Montessori Christmas activity: scent matching! I used spice containers (inspired by Moms Have Questions Too), cotton balls and Christmas inspired scents (we used peppermint, vanilla and almond).
Blind-folded or otherwise, the child takes there time smelling each bottle and attempts to match the scents. It has been a fun way to focus on our sense of smell.
This DIY coloured sand and glitter writing tray has been thoroughly enjoyed. I added a piece of paper into the bottom of the tray for contrast. I coloured the sand simply by mixing in food colouring. I got the idea of adding glitter from Montessori Mischief.
This is a great tactile, sensory way for young children to explore letters and numbers.
I introduced Cameron to odd and even numbers. This was a quick simple activity from Aubrey’s (the talented mama behind Montessori Mischief) awesome ‘A Merry Montessori Christmas’ activity book.
As shown beautifully in the book, we emphasised the fact that some of the numbers had ‘partners’ (even), while some were alone (odd). What a fun, hands on, visual way to introduce odd numbers!
1. Montessori Mischief | Present Wrapping
2. The Education of Ours | Christmas Card Station
3. Vibrant Wanderings | Open and Close Activity
4. The Education of Ours | Candy Can Crushing
5. The Kavanaugh Report | Ornament Scooping
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