Monday, 8 February 2010

Montessori Monday

This post should probably be called Tonging Tuesday since L's been doing tons of tonging and it's already Monday night but oh well.
In honor of Valentines Day I thought we'd better do our bit so we made up these red and white ice cubes. Before she went to bed L poured some diluted cranberry juice into a heart ice cube tray. I didn't take a picture because I was too busy doing damage control. She's just getting the hang of stopping when she pours ; ) She also poured regular water into a circle ice cube tray.

The next day we put them all together into a bowl and she sorted them with her tongs. My mom named this activity "sort and suck"
I bought some colored wooden beads and added them to the felt beads I made. L really enjoyed making necklaces with them. We used a tapestry needle and some leather cord. The tapestry needles are great because they aren't sharp. Can anyone tell me though how to put the holes in the felted beads? My husband and I had a heck of a time trying to push a needle through.

More tonging.

Using the ever popular heart ice cube tray to put in little glass hearts. This is actually harder than it looks as the hearts have to be put in just right to fit properly.

L was chomping at the bit while I was preparing this activity. When I'd finally put it all together she sorted all of the objects in about two seconds. Once of those activities that took me way longer to prepare than for her to do! She's really got the hang of first letter sounds this past little while and can tell me things that start with a specific sound. We're going to have to move on to last letter sounds I suppose.

You might notice the table cloth in the background of these pictures. Due to my back we've had to move to the kitchen table to do most of the activities. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon. : )


Nicole said...

Thanks for linking up to Montessori Monday! I love the ice cubes - what a great idea. :)

childhood magic said...

we use a sharp embroidery needle to thread our wool/felted beads :)

Leptir said...

Red ice cubes are great!!

PS I have the same heart shaped ice mold and same activity like you - transfering hearts with fingers (

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you remember where you found the little hearts to use with the heart ice cube tray activity? Thank you for your blog. So many great ideas!

Montessori Beginnings said...

I found the hearts at a local dollar store. They are glass and really cool. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

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