Through Pinterest browsing, I've learned a lot about learning. I've fallen in love with the whole Montessori approach to education, which is largely based on sensory stimuli--language, culture and anything that can inform from the five senses.
When I see my girls playing; it's evident that everything informs their learning. So--to limit how I teach them to flash cards or books seems very one-dimensional.
So, I've sought out some Montessori-type activities/crafts that I can use to engage the girls. There are so many of these on Pinterest!
Most of these require some crafting on my part to get them ready for the girls. This one was my first attempt.
This is what the original looks like, just in case you don't click over:
Here were my supplies:
- 4"x2" box with lid on it from a craft store (the ones I got were a dollar each, or something like that).
- Paint. I chose 15 colors.
- Clothes pins. I opted not to use the ones that you have to pinch, because I could see them as potentially injury-causing, and I wasn't sure if their hands are strong enough yet.
The best part of this, is that all the clothespins fit neatly in the box.
The lid goes, and they can be put away. Easy storage.
At 22 months of age, my girls can match up the colors, although sometimes you have to point them to which side the color is on.
They are learning to manipulate the clothespin to fit over the edge of the box. Most of the time they're able to get a few on without assistance.
They really enjoy doing this. They sign "colors" and ask for the box. I made two boxes, with the colors in different places for our girls.
It took me one naptime to get everything painted. It was ready to be use that same evening.
Cheap, quick, easy.
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Quick Mama Loves tip for you today. Many of us
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