Sunday, February 28, 2010

Our Montessori Activities: Fine-Motor Counting Activities

I introduced a couple of slightly new activities this week. I did leave the spooning cottonballs on the shelf as they still remind me of snow, but they didn't seem interested in it. I replaced the heart picks with red chenille stems for the girls to place in the cheese shaker.

I added a new dimension to this activity by having the girls place pony beads or cheerios on the stems.

I had Tabitha sort 5 different color beads onto the stems, making it a color sorting activity for her.

In addition, each color represented a different number of beads. When she was finished putting them on the stems she got to count them and place them on a number mat I made.

I only went to 5 because I didn't want to overwhelm her. I think it was a little simple for her (She picked them right out of the shaker and put them in the correct spot), so I am going to make a mat representing the numbers 0-10. I didn't allow Amelia to use the beads because I had found her trying to eat them earlier in the week when I was setting up the activity. So she got to use cheerios. No pictures of her putting the cheerios on though.

I also changed the tonging activity again, to go with the theme. I call this the build-a-snowman tonging activity.

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  1. Love the bead activity!! I'll have to work on that with Kaleb this week. :)

  2. Great ideas. I will have to get some tongs for when my little girl gets a little bigger.

  3. Cute bead idea and I like the addition of the mat to match for counting. Great work!

  4. Thank you for the compliments. Amelia does try to use the tongs, but she does end up using her hands.

  5. I love the bead counting activity! I will have to give that a shot this week :-)

  6. I really like your bead activity and the fact that you also used a mat to match for this. My little girl really ejoys threading buttons onto chenille stems - great for pattern activities, counting and sorting.

    Using tongs to build a snowman is a cute idea.

  7. Thanks for commenting on my blog and letting me know about the math activities. We'll definitely try the pony bead one.

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog :) Now, that I am reading it again, I do remember seeing this when you first published it....but...Ryleigh was not really into counting or numbers yet... Thank you so much for reminding me of it! I know this is definitely an activity that she would enjoy now :)(Also- thanks for the pointer on the left to right! I really appreciate it:))

  9. fantastic idea, where did you get the bead printable from please :)


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