Hole punching — I used a wooden skewer with a few rubberbands wrapped around them. You can also off them a pushpin (this how some Montessori schools do it). For a while my 5 year old LOVED doing these. I had to makeall kinds of Star Wars star fighter, jet and other “dot pictures”(while my 3 year old wanted butterflies, balloons, fairies andso forth). This activity has expanded from these...
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My kids needed help threading the needle, but really enjoyedthe “sewing” part. be sure to use a big, blunt embroideryneedle.
If your preschooler is ready to work on theteen numbers, you can set out the “teensboard,” a Montessori activity. Our mathcurriculum has us refer to these numbers as“one ten and one” (11), “one ten and two” (12)and so forth. Also have the child set out astring of 10 beads and one bead, a string often beads and two beads, etc. Teens board: http://www.montessorimaterials.org/Math/teens-board.pdfPaper beads you can print out to work...
I had a lot of colorful patches on hand that never got usedfor another project. My 3 year old has had a lot of funplaying with them — sorting them (butterflies, flowers,other) and using them with a felt board activity. I evenbring this (and the felt bear activity) on trips in the carand she’ll happily sit and tell stories moving the piecesaround.
Where do things come from cards. I also collected bits and pieces to add to the sorting activity (a cotton ball, a toy sheep and cow, thread, yarn, a wool hat, a piece of paper etc) These Montessori Cards come from Montessori for Everyone and are free at: http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/assets/PDF/Where_Things_Come_From.pdf
For lack of a better place to put this, I’ll just mention thishere: We gave my daughter an old fishing tackle box (itused to hold my sewing stuff) and she uses it to hold allthose small people/animals etc that kids seem to collect.This has been awesome because it’s easy to clean up andshe can transport it around.