Today it is already over 85F here in Campton Hills. I decided that since the kids truly love water AND because they are always making a huge mess inside with it, it was time for us to move water activities to the outdoors.
I looked around my kitchen for all the materials I could use, and came up with 8 water transfer/poring activities.
Here they are:
This is how the kids found all the activities. I placed them on the steps to the deck. They came out from the garage and just look up to the stairs! My son's gleaming face was priceless. Some of the activities we had tried indoors, some were brand new to them. I started to present each activity and the one who ask for it could have a turn. I moved to another activity with the other child. Then, I waited until one of them asked for another activity. I showed that activity just to the interested one and let him/her have a try. We were outside for about two and a half hours and each had a chance to try some but not every single one. Combined, I presented each one of the activities. Now a close up of the activities from top to bottom:
pouring water inside a watering can.
pouring water inside a tall pitcher using a big funnel.
pouring water inside a small jar with small funnel.
Transferring water using turkey baster.
Transferring water with small dropper.
Transferring water using two stainless steel 3 oz creamers
Transferring water with sponge.
Transferring water with a ladle.
I am sure the kids' favorite part was clean -up. For once, they got to just dump the water in the grass. They loved it. We will have a repeat of the water activities with some friends as soon as it gets hot again.
Week of 5/20:
Here are this week's practical life activities. Please remember that we do practical life everywhere in the house. This are just additional activities set up for the kids to explore exercises that don't come up during their daily living. Activities based on caring for oneself, and the environment happen when and where they need to happen. For example we cook in the kitchen, so we do food preparation activities there.
I found the golf tee activity from the e-book: Montessori at home. My adaptations to the activity are: using soft foam instead of the flower arrangement blocks, and I also use the fruits from the sorting pie instead of the marbles. I just used what I had in hand. I must say that the fruits are made of a plastic/rubber type material that is easy for my son (only 2 y/o) to place them on the golf tees.
Next, I have a cutting activity. I recycled the little metal tub to put the clippings. Both the kids love cutting. I am only leaving the safe scissors out for the little guy. I provide the other scissors (metal and pointy) to my daughter only when I am able to watch her cut. I placed a bunch of strips of a thicker quality paper for them to cut.
I took out our lacing cards. My goal is to demonstrate for my daughter the different lacing patterns. She has mastered lacing around the orange. We are working on the style around the cracker and the pizza. The next activity is my son's favorite. We are back at the clips! He loves to put this on the spice rack and then spin it. It helps with his hand dexterity.
More about everyday learning:
I found this puzzle at our local library. It is a progression puzzle showing how we eat a banana. My kids don't particularly like bananas. To my surprise, they both wanted to peel and see if they could match their banana to the one in the puzzle. And yes! they ate them to make them equal!
This is just a simple picture of how we use the skills from our activities. I have been giving my daughter a small saucer to pour her own milk in her cereal. It is so cute to see her help herself. Also I have noticed that she is using more milk this way.
Week of 4/29
Our practical life exercises:
Transferring water with a dropper. I picked this activity (and two shot glasses) because it needed very little water. My kids LOVE transferring exercises but are very messy with them. I vacuumed a lot of rice from one of our last activities. I am hopping that as the weather turns to be nicer, maybe I can put some transferring materials on the deck! bring on the mess kids! The next activity is copying a pattern with buttons. I use a laminated sheet of paper with squares, and Velcro stickies on the sheet and on the buttons. I started with my pattern for them to copy; but I hope they'll make their own pattern and challenge each other to copy it.
In the lower shelf I kept the peg boards and pieces just because they are still using them. I added this two activities. One is using the mini fuzzy pompoms for transferring with a small wooden spoon to an ice tray shaped like mini apples. My son loves this one. The last activity is to continue using the clothespins. My son likes them but has a hard time. I found a stack of cards for teaching clothing by seasons. I only put out spring clothing. The kids tend to work on it together. It is nice to see them enjoy one activity without any fighting!
Week of 4/15
Back to the weekly routine:
This week's practical life activities came mostly from a peg game board we got for my son's birthday. Here is a link to get it... There are many ways to use it!
Tall Stacker Pegs Building set:
We also got an extra peg board (to avoid constant fights)
Here are the activities the kids are working on: