2 years 11 months
Before going to bed we let A play something with us, usually a board game but tonight he wanted to play the ‘whale game’.
The ‘whale game’, as he calls, it is actually some three part cards I created featuring some big sea creatures. I’ll talk about them in another post I promise!
After he played the ‘whale game’ and packed it up with some prompting as to what goes where, he then got out the pink tower. Ignore the toilet rolls in the background 😂
It has been a few weeks since he tried this, so I was interested to see how he went. He was awesome. He even tried to ‘trick’ me with a few fake block choices😆. Although he’s still not so good at packing it away gently.
I didn’t get a photo of him jumping up and down so excited that he built it 😞
He then put the pink tower basket away, rolled up his mat, and put it away, all the while telling me how he liked the grey mat. He then brushed his teeth with a little bit of assistance, gave me a hug and a kiss, and toddled off into his bedroom with an arm full of cars and his dad.
Gosh I love Montessori and Dad’s turn for bed time duty.
Space Match from The Learning Journey International
What is not to like about this game right? It has space rockets on it! And shapes! I bought this at the perfect time for A, and it was cheap!
I bought off Catch of the Day but it doesn’t look like it’s available from there anymore.
What does it come with?
4 thick cardboard boards with shapes and rockets on them
A heap of thick cardboard coins with individual shapes printed on them
A yellow plastic dispenser
How do we play it?
We don’t follow the rules on the box. I don’t like the idea of teaching A to snatch at things but hey, life is a choose-your-own-adventure, and if that’s how you roll you do so.
We each select a board.
We take turns at using the dispenser which is actually pretty cool to use.
If you can match your coin to a shape on your board the. you place it over that matching shape. Otherwise, it goes back into the dispenser.
Sometimes we take the coins out and give them a shuffle if we don’t seem to be getting any matches.
This game has helped A learn his shapes.
The shapes are: circle, ellipse, octagon, rhombus, star, triangle, and circle. I think that’s all.
So there are a few unusual shapes which get over looked normally.
Playing it in the manner we do also means that A learns about taking turns. He doesn’t always win, and some turns are disappointing because he doesn’t get a match.
I bought this 2 months ago, so A was 2 years and 7 months.
The first time we played, A wanted to pull the lever on the dispenser over and over again. It’s fun so I can’t blame him.
He also didn’t really understand that we each had our own boards.
His concentration wasn’t long enough to finish a game either.
It only took a couple of rounds though for him to get the hang of it. He then wanted to play it a lot! Now he pulls this one off the shelf to play once a week.
2 1/2 years
A has been counting lately... well trying to. He has trouble with four but sometimes he can get right up to ten.
I bought this ice try from Daiso during the holidays and figured now was a great time to introduce him to the counting box.
It’s pretty cool because the moulds are large and it has a lid. I’m looking for a similar one now with 10 spaces.
To introduce it I acted excited about what was in the box - I held it upside down so he couldn’t see. I gave hints like it starts with a ‘b’ sound and it’s something you could eat. So once I flipped it over he was pretty into it.
I had put a banana in each space - which also helps with one to on correspondence.
I took the lid off and then we counted them together. I asked A to take out the bananas and put them on the lid - one at a time - and then we counted again.
I then asked A to put them back again - one and a time - and he counted them as he did so. He put them back in the spaces fairly randomly but oh well... I think he did a great job of counting!
The only issue is that he loves miniature things so much he has now pinched all the bananas and put them in his pocket 😆
The next time we play I’ll swap out the banana for something else... maybe cars.
I thought I had read my little man right because he has been counting heaps lately. I wasn’t really interested in teaching him the actual numbers just have them out so he can see them and get used to numerals. Even then he wasn’t really interest them.
This activity should have been a winner. A loves stickers but he did not want to do this at all. In the end I think he put one sticker on the page and called it done 😆
This Melissa & Doug puzzle was too hard for A to put back together but he really enjoyed taking the numbers out. We also counted some of the pictures underneath.
This tray was a winner! I bought the plastic numbers from Riot! And got A to thread them all up.
A then played fishing boat in the washing basket - just too cute.
The book we had on display was the ‘Montessori Number Work’ by Bobby and June George.
A liked runningbhis fingers over the numbers and we did some counting but he go bored pretty quickly.
P for Pig was so much fun! I had a heap of idea that I never got to - so I’ll have to repeat this again.
I found these pig shape cards via Pinterest but the blog is now defunct. So I ended up finding a shared version which wouldn’t download or print so I ended up screen shoting them.
The do-a-dot sheet came from Gift of Curiosity. I think I paid for a whole farm pack so I’ll be able to use the other animals and stuff later.
I also had a colouring sheet from kindergartenworksheets.
The other paper activity was a quick one to create. I printed out a picture of a pig from google and then drew letter Ps all over it. A then painted it with brown paint. 🐖
It’s been windy here lately but I hadn’t thought of kites until we read a couple of stories here at home and the library that had kites in it!
After we finished ‘Rhyme Time’ at our local library we ducked into Searle’s. Searle’s is like a cavern of almost anything you could ever want. When we first moved here we used to go in every weekend to ask the owner Bearnie Searle for odd things.
We gave up when we asked if he had a boat, and he replied ‘I think we have a zodiac out the back still.’ 🤣
Anyway, of course they had kites. We bought a cheap one for $4.95. Bernie told us that he used to make kites, and that his son took one to school but it was blowing so hard that he let it go. It travelled out to the cattle yards before it landed. 🤣
It was so much fun! I’ve now looked on eBay to see if we can get a better one because this one won’t last long in our wind!
2 1/2 years
Well, it’s my first week back at work, and I’ve been planning tot school for my mid-week days off.
Our first focus is the ‘T’ sound. Atlas already knows the letter T but we are focusing on the sound.
The theme is ‘T for tools’ simply because this book finally came in the mail! It has lovely illustrations although the fact that the toolbox belongs to the dad is a bit eye roll worthy. In our family I own the tool box but in our society it seems that tools are men things.
I love Safari Toobs - eh who am I kidding - I love toys.
I have a small collection of Toobs, so it’s exciting when I use them! We’ve played with this set before. I saved the images from the internet and put them into a word document. I made sure they were similar in size as the real toys and labelled them.
A loves miniature things so these tools got a work out during the week! I also let him use them in free play. I might have to get a spare set 😆
I laminated a set of tool three part cards as well. I’ve only put out the labeled card and kept the other two aside. I bought these from The Wise Owl Factory. This link also has ideas for tool activities.
The other card set we used came from ABCs to ACTs. This link goes to the printable page - you’ll have to look through all the cool things! 😜
They are for playing memory, but A still hasn’t got the hang of playing this game. We keep trying, but we usually play it with all the pictures facing up and A can find the pairs.
I had set out a colouring sheet that I got off a Google image search, which I didn’t take a photo of.
Since A is interested in shapes I also included this Do-a-dot printable from mpmideas.com.
The last thing I had set out was two Montessori knob puzzles that I bought off a random eBay store a while ago.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end 😄
So our first real tot school was a success!
The idea of Tot School came from http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com. You need to read browse through the archives there! A must read!
2 years 5 months
Well, it’s Christmas morning and I’m awake but A is still asleep. No doubt as soon as I get into doing this he will wake up 😂
To make a stained ‘glass’ picture you cut out a shape from some paper and lay into onto the sticky side of some contact or clear book covering.
Then you let the kid go to town sticking random craft stuff down onto it. We had cellophane, patty papers and chocolate foils.
Make sure you have a border of contact around your paper, so that you can use it to stick the stained glass up into a window.
2 years 5 months
Christmas trees! When I search Pinterest for Christmas craft ideas there are a lot of snow related images, but unfortunately there is no snow here. In fact there is no hope of snow forming when even the bitumen melts!
This one seemed like a no brainer after I saw this activity from You Clever Monkey, but I was too lazy to download and print, plus I’m running out of toner. So I folded a green piece of paper in half and chopped into it. A and I glued it into his book and then A drew on it while I got the stuff we needed for the rest of the activity 😆 We covered it with Stampin Up demensionals that you can get from here. Kristy Coromandel is a friend and an awesome craft presenter.
Then came the buttons. We love buttons around here! So tactile and they make such pretty sounds.
So on they went.
And when he was done, he added glitter glue. And who can blame him?
And finally the finished product!
2 years 5 months
I found a bag of rollers left over from when I taught visual arts. So I was looking forward to when A suggested painting next.
He wanted yellow and blue paint so they got plopped onto the plate.
I showed him how to use it and then he was off!
And to finish it off A added glitter glue. Please don’t lecture me on the use of glitter and the environment. I’m very aware of it, but Atlas and I are glitter fans so I’m researching alternatives.
What a masterpiece!
Hi, I'm Pamela. A nail crazy lady with green hair. I live in outback Queensland with my toddler and my husband. I love books, writing and crafting. For more info about me go to my 'About' page.