This update is long overdue. 6 weeks ago, I wrote about adding a montessori-inspired shelf to our living room.
I’ve casually changed out some activities over the past 6 weeks. I’m not very systematic about it yet. I haven’t fully committed mentally. I like the idea, but it takes time.
Mancala stones on the letter of the “week.” (Week meaning however long goes by until I think she knows it and I remember to change the letter.) She likes to get the stones right on the dots, so she was getting frustrated with the mancala stones because they move so easily. I ended up putting them away and we did stickers instead.
|Here is where you can get the printable and where the picture is from 🙂|
Back to business. A lot of montessori-inspired activities at this age have to do with developing the fine motor skills required for holding a pen or pencil. (Well, that’s what I’ve been reading anyway… I don’t really know anything about Montessori! haha! I only know what google tells me.) But, it’s been interesting to see her get that! Sometimes she likes to do fast coloring and wants to hold it in a fist-type grasp. More often than not now though, she holds it like this.
She likes coloring. Well, she likes coloring in small spaces on every.single.page. of a coloring book and then she considers it done.
Lacing cards or beads, putting things through small holes, putting beads on a plastic needle, all of that is developing the pencil-holding motion.
She REALLY liked that for about a week. Then I took it off the shelf for a couple days, changed up the yarn and bead colors and the container it was in, put it back on and it was fun again. The plastic needle came in a two pack for $1.50 from Hobby Lobby, near the needle point stuff. The wooden beads were also there – near the kids crafts. A bag with about 50 wooden beads was $2. Or if you prefer not to leave your couch, you can order it all from Amazon. 🙂 Wooden beads | needles
While in the needle point section, I picked up a tiny hoop for 60 cents and put some of that mesh stuff that goes in your kitchen drawers in it. They also sell plastic meant for kids “needlepoint” for these hoops if you don’t have extra drawer non-slip mesh laying around, or if you want a fancy shape. She doesn’t totally get this yet. Addie likes to put it through the front and then have me put it back through again. But the 4 year old sibling of a piano student I have LOVES this. She comes and plays with it every week during her brother’s lesson, so I keep it out for her.
The newness and funness (I made that word up) of a particular activity seems to wear off after a week to ten days. For the first few days an activity is new, she’ll go get it and do it herself over and over and over. That is so fun to watch.
Parents and teachers of toddlers, all shelf appropriate “work” and play ideas welcome!!
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