SBelow I will share our summer inspired activities and hands-on learning.
June 21~ First Day of 🌞Summer ~ Summer ☀️Solstice
🎉Happy 🌞Summer Solstice! Today, we are making DIY Montessori Movable 🔡Alphabet from ♻️recycled 🍾 bottle caps! Just use dot stickers and write letters on them with a Sharpie. Also, in a Montessori language curriculum, vowels are color-coded 💙blue and consonants ❤️red for easier identification. (Buy Montessori Movable Alphabet here.) You can also offer your child to spell his/her name, count how many letters are in the name, make sentences and so forth. We are also using Montessori Colored Globe to explain the tilt of the Earth's axis and why we have seasons and why today, June 21st is the longest day of the year. For more DIYs, see here ✂️DIY, Crafts & Materials.
Happy 1st Day of ☀️Summer! And since today is the longest day of 🗓a year, we are taking advantage and ✏️shadow-tracing! On a regular day, either in the morning (8 a.m.) or late afternoon (4 p.m.), set up a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Let the shadow be your child’s guide and offer your child to trace the outline of the shadow.
I offered Adrian 💚green paper since the animal he picked is a zebra (from Africa), and in a Montessori curriculum, continents are color-coded: for example, 🌍Africa is always 💚green. Adrian is using these extra large thick core coloring pencils by Lyra which are his absolute favorite!
Teachers Appreciation 🌺Gift
Summer is officially here, and Julia had her last day of school this week. We gave out to teachers these 🌺flower pots with her🖐🏻🖐🏻 handprints as a token of appreciation for all the hard work they do in helping our children 🌸bloom! Julia used jumbo washable ink pads to make the prints (just interpose one handprint over the other to give the flower more "petals"), and she then colored the popsicle sticks ~ ala "stems" with tempera paints which dry super quick and we simply inserted the hand-print into the pot. Make sure to laminate your handprint for long-lasting durability.
🏡Homemade Cloud Dough 🚜Construction Zone Sensory Bin
Adrian is currently obsessed with tractors and construction vehicles. He is fascinated with the human capacity to build bridges, subways, skyscrapers and more with the help of mighty machines. He also likes to observe the building process on a smaller scale such as diggers moving dirt or cranes lifting cement blocks. So, today, we are exploring hands-on with this 🚜Construction Zone Sensory Bin.
As a sensory filler, I made chocolate cinnamon cloud dough which smells divine and is amazingly crumbly and soft to handle. Cloud dough is beautifully soft, wonderfully moldable and is absolutely silky soft to touch. And the best part is that it could not be simpler to make. The general recipe is to combine 1/2 cup of vegetable oil with 4 cups of flour. You can use baby oil, but I prefer to use vegetable oil so that it is taste-safe. For older children, you can add spices, essential oils, and small objects (note the choking hazard). Most importantly, follow your child and create the bins that will ignite their interest!
How to make this Chocolate/Cinamon Cloud dough:
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of chocolate
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
We are also using kinetic rock from this set, marbles and stones, and this Plan City Road construction set along with some other tractors. Ready, set, go! Adrian was happily playing and manipulating cloud dough and stones for a good hour!
See here Mighty 🚜Machines ~ Big 📚Book of Big Machines
🏡Homemade Scented Play Dough
See our play-dough recipe here ~ No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough Recipe
"P" is for play-dough ~see here Letter P • 🔠Letter Series • Letter Hunt
We finally mastered our home-made play dough recipe and now we are experimenting with scented dough batches! Here, we are using botanical 100% organic fruit juice to color our play dough and we also added cinnamon and 🍫 chocolate to our brown dough and 💛turmeric spice to our yellow batch. Sooo good! We used these botanical paints to color our playdough, and we also added turmeric spice to our yellow batch and cinnamon and chocolate to our brown batch. We are also using these wooden dough tools.
See here play dough in action ~ Invitation To 🌾🌿 Create a Nest • 🐦Bird Unit Study
See here DIY ☀️Solar 🌎System Craft From ❌♨️No-Cook Natural 🏡Homemade Play Dough
Also see here 🎄Holiday Inspired No-Cook 🏡Homemade 🍩Play Dough
🐝Bee Unit Study
See here our 🐝Bees Unit Study
DINO UNIT STUDY
How about rescuing our Dinos from mud! See our entire unit study and our "mud" recipe here Dinosaur Themed Unit Study.
See here Dino Frozen 🎈Balloon Eggs Kids ⚗️Science Sensory 💦Water Play
See here Exotic North America Animals ~ Hydrogels Sensory Bin
Today, we are making muddy cloud dough that looks totally like mud but is absolutely taste-safe (in case you have little ones.) Simply keep adding vegetable oil to your flour base (we are using Hemp Protein Powder that had survived its expiration date ~ so that is how our cloud dough got its brown color). If you are using plain flour, simply add brown/black food coloring. We are using a Scheich sow, a farm feeder set, and farm animals. I am taking this sensory bin outside now and let the child take over from here in a stimulation pretend sensory-messy play.
💧HYDROGELS + SHAVING FOAM
Hydrogels are amazingly squishy, slippery, and bouncy to sensorily explore, but when you add shaving foam and food coloring, your MESSY PLAY takes on a new level of fun! See here a video-post "Shaving Foam & 💧Water 🌈 Beads 🙌🏻Sensory Play.
EARTHWORM Unit Study
To learn about the parts of the earthworm hands-on, we made an earthworm from air-play dough and we also made some of the internal organs and parts. Did you know that Earthworm has 5! ❤️hearts😱And Yes, it has a brain too although no eyes! And only adult earthworms have a Clitellum- ~ a wide band in the middle! And in the winter, earthworms burrow down below the frost level to keep warm with other wiggly friends! Find out more here in our Earthworms Unit Study.
💫Magic Paper💦 Water 🌺 Lily Flower Trick See here DIY 💫Magic Paper💦 Water 🌺 Lily Flower Trick • Kids Science Experiment 🔬⚗️⚖️ 101 🎥Series 🎇
See here DIY Walnut Shell ⛵Sailboats 💦Water Science 🔬 💡⚖️ 101 🎥 Series 🎇
🎈Balloon 💦Water Play
This is an awesome summer fun activity! Kids get to be outdoors and exercise those gross motor skills; they can splash and get wet on hot summer days, and most importantly ~ they get to have fun!
Stay tuned for more ☀️summer-inspired activities ...