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.
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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.