I must have been 10 or 12 years when I cracked the first egg for my omelets.
As a child I always thought that eggs were to be handled by adults.
Oh boy, how wrong was I.
My little ones tryst with eggs began when he was 18 months old and he is more of a pro now.
We do have our hit and misses, nevertheless he generally does a clean job 🙂
I decided to take it to the next level and introduce an egg slicer to him.
This egg slicer from amazon is pretty sturdy and the wires line up charmingly with the base.
It is a simple to use one which is safe for those little fingers 🙂
The best thing is that the eggs don’t get smashed when the child cuts it.
So I got the boiled egg, two bowls-one to put in the peeled shell and the other one for the sliced eggs.
I presented him the trick of breaking the eggs the good old fashioned way- by slightly cracking it on the kitchen counter 🙂
He then carefully peeled the egg shells manipulating the egg on all angles.
He had a deep concentration while his fingers worked and I and my husband observed it in silently.
I could very well say that this could be the best fine motor work that you can practice in the kitchen 🙂
He was told to place the egg in the slicer and gently press the top to the base 🙂
Voila, he was extremely amused to see how the slices came out from it.
Anything for that smile 🙂
I asked him if he wanted to make a quick egg sandwich for his dad.
But we finally had a meltdown and he ended up eating that sandwich 🙂
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Let’s talk Diwali 🙂 Why am I talking about diwali this earlier? Yeah, I am excited to be part of “Montessori for the holidays” blog hop series along with other amazing Montessori bloggers.Please check out the previous blog post on this series here on when hippos talk.
For those who don’t know what diwali is, it’s not just a Hindu festival, it’s an identity of the Indians. It could be simply termed as ‘festival of lights’ which is believed to dispel darkness and bring in the light of clarity. The whole country is excited during this season and there is so much of hope and joy in the air. There would be loads of deepams/diyas in every corner of India, houses being decorated with flowers and garlands and the aroma of sandalwood, incense and vadas being fried lifts your spirit 🙂
And there is no shortage of things to do with children during this festival season and this is how we would be doing it.
Lamp size sorting
Terracotta is Indians’ version of glass. They are nature friendly and we have them as a part of our Montessori classrooms. We got in some of these lamps and the size difference was so obvious that they were sorted based on its size. We were polishing our pre-math and visual discrimination skills.
Flower rangoli on Water:
I should have clicked a picture when we started. My little one got excited and it kind of got crowded
This is adapted from the classic practical life activity of flower arrangement in the Montessori classrooms. This one is simple, easy to do yet so refreshing for the soul and eyes. This one went on to the nature table after we were done.
My little one hasn’t mastered scissor skills yet, so I had to help him on cutting the stem tips.
Skills practiced:Pouring,sequencing and cleaning up.
Leaf Lacing/ma thoran
Diwali isn’t complete without hanging a ma-thoran on your entry doors. Ma thoran during Diwali is like wreaths during Christmas. 🙂
I had to punch the leaves and have them laced using a file string. Plus I couldn’t get my hands over ma-thoran since it isn’t the festive season yet, so this one is the beetle leaf illustration 🙂
Skills practiced: Fine motor skills
Number Cards and Counters using Lamps:
Cards and Counters
I had too many lamps and I had to put them to use. This one is for the older kids. We aren’t done with the red rods yet, so this activity would wait. I lay them on the mat to share them on this blog post.
Skills that could be practiced: number sequencing, odd and even numbers
I hope that you like what you read and would practice them with your little ones during this festive season 🙂
I know this is yet another lengthy blog-post when compared to some crisp ones here but I just can’t stop talking about festivity 🙂
Over to Magical Movement Company who would be blogging about outdoorsy holiday activity 🙂
Don’t miss out on other posts on this Montessori for the holiday series and follow them for updates on this series.
The Montessori Notebook ~ Montessori by Mom
When Hippos Talk ~ Little Fingers at Work ~ At Kid Level
Magical Movement Company ~ Christian Montessori Network
Montessori Unfiltered ~ Mama’s Happy Hive ~ Montessori Nature
Welcome to Mommyhood ~ Our Montessori Home
I Believe in Montessori ~ Living Montessori Now
The Kavanaugh Report ~ The Natural Homeschool
Age of Montessori
I got these wooden threading beads from a mom who sold her Montessori materials. I just love the simplicity of this material. Yet, the benefits are more than we think. Plus it can be made complicated as the child grows. Don’t you think that’s awesome?
Wooden beads to thread. Paint is a bit chipped off 🙂
What do you need?
Tray, beads, sturdy thread or shoe string or a file thread, penne pasta.
Big fat beads,thus need not worry about choking hazard 🙂
Why do this activity?
For fine motor skills by grasping the bead/pasta which in turn helps to hold the pencil when the child is ready to write
Eye hand coordination to see a particular bead and to pick it up
Math logic skills to see if the thread can still hold a few more pastas/beads and to determine how long the thread is
Control of Error: Beads enter in the thread only if it is put in right.
Pasta is not only for eating,mama 🙂
How to extend this activity as they grow?
Move onto smaller beads.
Use flowers to make a garland. Too much to expect! But hey, aren’t children a bundle of surprise?
Give in a bead pattern and ask to match the pattern while they do it
Make a knot at the end like this
How to do?
Show your clever cookie how to grasp the bead, clutch it one hand and how to hold the thread in another hand.
Introduce new words like thread, beads and pasta.
Show them how to put in the bead/pasta onto the thread and pull it.
Sit back and watch them try to do this 🙂
Making a necklace? Yes Yes !!
Where to source the materials from?
Montessori beads from here
Shoe lace/file thread from local stationary shop
Pasta from the kitchen 🙂
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Hello awesome moms. Arrghh, dads too 🙂
We did these simple Montessori inspired pattern activities for my toddler at home.
Before that, I like to share how we get to proceed with each activity.
I present one new activity everyday (at least when I am on the best of my moods :-)) and rotate what we have already to get stabilized on what was done earlier. I remove them off my shelf when my son loses interest.
So, why does your toddler should do pattern matching/sorting?
We see patterns everyday don’t we, how do we connect the dots? Patterns?
Now you know why?
Patterning activities lays foundation for their math activities.
And how crucial is pattern matching in developing visual discrimination skills? Read here.
You can download this free printable here.
Pattern Matching for Toddlers
I placed a sample under glass tumbler and put the rest of the pieces on a tray.
The transparent glasses were much easier than the muffin tray.
You may ask, why give glass to a toddler? Won’t he break it?
Montessori insists on using real and breakable items.
Seeing a glass break will teach the child to be gentle and handle fragile things carefully in the future. Yup, Montessori saw broken items as a learning experience. Smart lady, wasn’t she?
I had only three glasses at home. Yes, there is only one Papa Bear, Mama Bear and a Baby Bear at home 🙂
I extended the activity by adding some more patterns on a muffin tray.
Muffin trays are not just for muffins, right?
Download them, print and laminate them. Use them and tell me if your lil one liked it? 🙂
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Hola, how are you all? I am at my parents place and internet here is a rare thing. I plan to be here for next ten days and I don’t want my blog to go on a snooze mode again. So, I dug up few pictures on my camera to share with you all.
On a rainy day, me and my lil Jing Jaang did his all time favorite and much loved activity.
Yup, we painted. I had these insects which he already recognizes and I thought we would sketch and paint them. I must have been joking in my head for I am really pathetic when it comes to drawing and my lil one is too little to even draw a straight line. And your mighty(me) came with a brilliant idea, to do pattern painting. 🙂 I painted the background for him and let him paint the rest.
I held his hand to draw those strokes on the honey bee and lil one was annoyed since I didn’t let him do it himself.
So, I painted a red background for the ladybug and gave him a potato to put those black spots and yayyy it was super easy for him.
And then, I gave him a plain white sheet and ear buds(dipped in black paint) to replicate the ants and he did it. 🙂 For the next two days, I kept bragging about this to everyone who visited us 🙂
Why don’t you guys share your lil ones art work here? I am sure you are proud mommy too 🙂
Does your toddler decide to make you uncomfortable by pulling out the stuff from your purse in a store? Does he pull out your old unused lip balm from your handbag when visiting your relative? Yes? Well, then it’s time for you to let him splurge on that. This is one of the basic practical activities in the Montessori world and you can find them all over the internet.
To think of it, we open and close things all through the day. Have you wondered how many times you open and close things on a day-to-day basis? Open the kitchen cupboard to pull out the spice box, open and close your shampoo bottle, open and close your fridge? You get the drift? Yup, your lil toddler is trying to learn a very mundane task that he would be doing for the rest of his life. Why stop him?
Bring it on to her!! I simply lay a mat and put in random objects for the lil one to try his hands on it. I showed him how to open and close each box and let him lead the rest. It might seem easy to us, but it is quite a challenge to those small beautiful fingers. I saw him struggle and losing patience with each box but I let him handle it.
And hey, don’t keep the box empty. Lil ones love surprises 🙂
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What is best about child-led-learning? Your child sends cues on what his/her current interests are and you heed to that. Don’t you? Have you observed all of a sudden your son shows signs of interest on smelling things or how he wants things on order? Like he wants to put his dirty clothes only in the laundry bag? Also corrects dad when he puts down his wet towel on the floor? Rings a bell? Yup, that’s your toddler on his sensitive period of order.
Have you wondered how your small-sized-bub can learn two to four languages easily, while you struggle really hard to learn your neighbor-state-language? Well, the answer is that the sensitive period for language is somewhere between three months to six years. Any language exposed during that time is absorbed like a sponge in your toddler’s brain.
These sensitive periods are temporary. As a parent what should I do? Yup, I have to identify his sensitive periods and stimulate them accordingly. Those sensitive periods eventually disappear when a skill is learnt and complete.
But what happens when you don’t stimulate them in that particular phase? The opportunity to learn ‘easily without effort ‘fades away, they can still learn them later in their life, but it will take time and lots of hard work. Why don’t we make it easy for our babies?
That’s my lil one in his sensitive period of stacking:-)
And I made this when my lil one was not around, so therapeutic I say:-)
One of the evergreen activities is to help in the kitchen. Share me your lil ones pics helping you in your kitchen.
This is him whisking his eggs for his omlette.
He is cutting a banana for his snack. Caution: that’s a dull butter knife and to be used only under adult supervision.
Also it is very important to teach them to clean up the area themselves. It is quite a challenge for us to be consistent when it comes to cleaning 🙂