Whew. That was a long time away from home, but we had a lot of fun visiting family.
I’m still catching up on e-mails and working on the infant/toddler posts—so hold tight…they’re still coming. 🙂
We’re ready for February and I actually put together our works for the month ahead of time. I usually only keep out 6-7 practical life type activities on the shelf at a time, because that’s all we have space for and rotate them throughout the month.
14 Valentine’s Inspired Montessori Activities
Making Patterns with Hearts
These are just little heart boxes I picked up in the dollar section of Target. If you take them apart you’re able to make longer and more complicated patterns. Children could try to come up with patterns on their own or you could make pattern strip cards to guide them.
Making a Valentine’s Card
Putting Rings on Napkins
When I took this picture I couldn’t find the tweezers, but you could do this with or without tweezers. Without tweezers would focus more on the general pincer grip and with tweezers would mimic a pencil grip and require more fine motor muscle control.
Cards & Counters with Hearts
Candy Box Counting
At first I wrote a number in each space (trying to keep them consecutive), but now I wish I hadn’t and had used stickers to write the numbers in that way he could work on numbers 1-12 consecutively or 1-6 in random order to make sure he knows the quantity.
Often I’ve seen children be able to quantify numbers when they’re consecutive, but switch them up and they can’t tell you the quantity of number 7 if it follows number 3. Does that make sense?
Pouring (dry & wet)
I just made these out of construction paper and laminated them for sturdiness. If you try this with a paperÂ doilies, you might want to put a heavy paper between the layers. Our doily is quite flimsy.
Setting the Table