Valentine’s Day is round the corner and the whole town will be filled with RED heart shaped balloons. We do have special plans too :-)Sometimes I wonder why so much hype for just one day? I digress.
My clever cookie doesn’t fail to amuse me every day. His language is improving in a jet speed and he communicates well than before. He clearly doesn’t understand what Valentine’s Day is and why there are so many rose petals at home, but nevertheless we had our share of fun.
Red Buttons Spooning
You would have comprehended from my earlier posts that we practice certain skills for quite some time till we are so done with it. We are learning to use the spoon with minimal spillage. Few days back, he had yogurt and I could see he had done a neat job by balancing the spoon and there was very little spillage. Yayy!!
Heart Shaped Cookies Décor
Earlier this week, we did a batch of cookies. A simple oats cookie and we did top them up with these bright colours. This one is sweet condensed milk and some strawberry cuts. We just did one cookie and all three of us shared that one piece 😉
Cookie Cutter Art
This one is pretty simple to do. Not much of fuss and doesn’t need any prep work for this. Check out our artistic masterpiece 🙂
Rose Petals Heart Shaped Art
When we tried to tear some paper and do a collage recently, it was a face palm situation. We had a huge meltdown after that. This time we tried to stick some rose petals on the art shaped cutout. Turns out this is one of the best sensory play activities we had done. Learning how the glue works and the sticky effect exploration was carefully done. He tried to remove the pieces and stick them again; I guess he was trying to observe how this sticky thing works 🙂
Heart Shapes Visual Discrimination
I have been talking about visual discrimination from time to time and how beneficial it is. This activity indirectly prepares them to observe the similarities and differences. He had to use a pebble to mark the different heart piece.You can download the printable from below.
Rose Petals Transfer
We are still mastering our tong skills before we move onto scissor work. Why tongs? They give way to scissor skills which in turn plays a bigger role in writing/holding a pencil. Montessori was a genius to have developed every activity with careful planning.
Rose Petals Sensory Bottle
I gave him a glass jar filled with glittered water and a funnel to pour the water into this bottle. This glittered water shows a water level markup in the bottle. We tried pushing/dropping in those rose petals through the bottle neck. We later shook them and observed how the glitters settled underneath. These bottles are called calming bottles for a reason 🙂
Rose Petals Prewriting Pattern
This is similar to the gluing art activity, but this one had a pattern and he had to go along with it. We did the simple horizontal line stroke.
I hope you try these simple activities at home and don’t forget to tell me how much you guys liked them.
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Free Printable:Visual Discrimination Free Printables
You might be interested in buying these:
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters
Washable Non Toxic Child Safe Glitter
Crayola Washable Glue Stick
Mini Tongs for Pre-Writing Skills
Aren’t these baskets cute?
What do you need to do object picture matching activity?
Object Images. If you cannot find exact pictures from the internet, click those objects and print them.
Did you see that dragonfly? 🙂
How do you do it?
Place the pictures from left to right on the mat.
Pick an object from the basket and move it to the figure with which it matches.
Move on the next object.
Step back and watch your child do it.
Control of Error:
Has one-to-one correspondence and not easy to miss.
Happy Learning 🙂
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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Hello, how are you today? I have been quiet busy with shifting my house and I am slacking a bit here on my blog. Nevertheless, my little boy doesn’t find it comfortable to play around with all the carton boxes spread across the house.
In my previous home, we used our open lower unit shelf as his Montessori shelf and here we do not have one. For time being our shoe rack is our new Montessori shelf till our pay day 🙂
We are working on our visual discrimination skills and this is a follow up post on that. Montessori inspired object to picture matching.
Why should one match objects to pictures?
Like I said before, this helps in developing their visual discrimination skills. You could read more about it here.
Move from concrete to abstract. . This is one of the beautiful theories of Montessori Method. First they play with objects (concrete), and then move to picture-object association and from there to abstract (picture to picture association). This concept comes in handy when they start polishing their mathematical skills and sensorial learning in the later years.
How does one match objects to pictures?
I made these vegetables and fruits cards which you can use like flash cards too. You can download these printables from here
Or you could photograph the objects you have already at home with a clean background and laminate them.
Here you go. This is how we did it.
Haan.. Jing Jaang thought that was for eating 🙂
I then had to convince him, that we would eventually eat it after we finish this activity 🙂
Don’t you think the letter ‘b’ and‘d’ look alike? Number ‘6’ and ‘9’? Also ‘1’ and ‘7’? How do you help your kids recognize them easily and be confident when they start to learn, read and write?
How do we put in strong foundation for this very important learning? Help them develop visual discrimination skills. That’s a lonnng learning curve and we will do it one step at a time. You have a toddler at home like me? Then let’s start with this. I would do a series on how we progress with this (one activity a week). For now, this is what we would do.
Help them match the picture with its outline.
We had a toy kitchen set at home and I traced its border. I gave him the pieces to fit in with the outline. You could do the same with any object you find at home.
Again, this one is the same but we had foam cut outs I got from the craft store. Go hunt your local store.
On the same note, we did the same activity with shapes which you can read here.
This one is interesting; it is very popular in the Montessori world. Montessori placemats helps in building table manners and used when the child is weaning.
I do not sew and don’t have the time. So we drew an outline again on a cardstock. On the flip side, you can’t actually use it during meal time. But, we do some pretend play with it 🙂
I have attached this free printable which you can use for your lil one 🙂
Toddler Dress Outline Matching