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DIY ๐ŸกPop-Sticks, Clothespins & Dot Stickers ๐Ÿ”ด โž•๐Ÿ”ต Addition Activity (Montessori ๐Ÿ”ข Math ๐ŸŽฅ Lesson)

This is a super easy DIY at home math addition activity for your child.

DSC_0013You will need: clothespins (we are using large wooden ones), pop-sticks, a marker & dot-stickers. 

DSC_0043First, I wrote a simple equation in a numerical format on a pop-stick. DSC_0043Control-of-error: a child flips that same pop-stick to confirm an answer by counting dot-stickers. 

DSC_0013I wrote six simple equations with matching answers on clothespins.

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All equations are faced up and the child chooses each equation to solve one by one and matches the correct answer written on a clothespin. (๐Ÿ’กTIP: I primed parts of pop-stick with a thin coat of clear nail-polish, so that the marker would not "run" when I write numbers on it.)

 Besides learning basic addition, while reinforcing number recognition, a child is also exercising fine-motor skills by having to match the clothespin with the correct answer to the corresponding pop-stick equation.

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For more on addition work, see a ๐ŸŽฅvideo-post here "Montessori Math Simple โž• Addition using Marble-Counters" which also has an intro to What is Montessori Math?

Also, see here a ๐ŸŽฅ video-post "โž•Addition Strip Board (Montessori ๐Ÿ”ข Math ๐ŸŽฅ Lesson), " and after solving the Addition Strip Board equation, Adrian wrote it down on his work-sheet - see the ๐ŸŽฅ video post here. For an extension to a Strip Board addition work, see here "โž•Addition Strip Board Making ๐Ÿ”Ÿโ€™s (Montessori ๐Ÿ”ข Math ๐ŸŽฅ Lesson)."

For more on math, see here a post ๐ŸŽฅ video "Beginning โž– Subtraction ๐ŸŽฅ (Montessori ๐Ÿ”ข Math Lesson)."


Color Code Logic Puzzle Game (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

Adrian really enjoys Color Code puzzle (buy here), which is a logic game, featuring patterned see-through stackable colorful tiles. Color Code is a unique game where a child layers these see-through tiles to create different multi-colored shapes as shown in the included challenge booklet. The booklet offers challenges from one to one-hundred, which are arranged in the order of progressive difficulty. Simple beginning logic challenges Adrian was able to complete since he was two years and three months. 

Since then, Adrian has been working on these logic challenges in order following the booklet, slowing moving on to the next level in the progressive order of difficulty. 


DSC_0158Today, Adrian has finally reached the last "MASTER 100" challenge. Will he succeed?

Through trial and error, Adrian succeeded in completing the last MASTER 100 level in 1 minute and 37 seconds. 
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Color Code is a fun way to develop logical thinking, pattern recognition skills, patience and critical reasoning. Have your child tried Color Code?


Matching ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐ŸปSoaps (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

Today, we are stimulating the sense of ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐ŸปSMELL with the variety of soaps during this Montessori Sensorial Activity.

What is Sensorial Work? Sensorial comes from the word "sense," where a child is able to concentrate on the refinement of all the senses, from visual to stereognostic. The purpose of sensorial work is for the child to acquire conscious information and to be able to then make classifications in his/her environment. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through senses, the child studies the environment, beginning to understand his/her place in it. The child, to Dr. Montessori, is a โ€œsensorial explorer."

All of the Sensorial materials were designed to isolates just 1โ—๏ธquality which is to be worked with by a child, thus allowing for intense focus and a deeper refinement of that one quality, without distractions from other senses. Today, we are triggering the sense of ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐ŸปSMELL.

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What you will need:
๐Ÿ”นa ๐Ÿ™ˆ blindfold to isolate the sense of ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿปsmell without any ๐Ÿ‘€ visual assistance,
๐Ÿ”นmatching pairs of soap similar in textual appearance to each other so that the child is not assisted by a ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿปtactile sense,
๐Ÿ”นa basket.

 A child focuses ONLY on the sense of ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿปsmell while matching the pairs of soap.

DSC_0165The activity is completed when the child had matched all the pairs of soap.

Other ways to stimulate the sense of smell is to utilize your kitchen: cook with strong-smelling scents, like onion, garlic, or herbs. You can also use a matching opaque spice jars while blindfolded. Or use fresh fruit or vegetables while blindfolded to have your child guess: "What fruit/vegetable is it?" 


Walnut Shell โ›ตSailboats ๐Ÿ’ฆWater Science Experiment (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

Children love water-play. What about making a lake using a baking tray filled with water on which your child can sail small boats made from walnut-halves?

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 What you will need:

  • walnuts,
  • colorful cardstock to make sails,
  • toothpicks or thin straws with a tip cut to a point,
  • modeling clay,
  • deep tray (we are using a large baking tray) filled with water and some blue coloring; we also added sea shells and jell-water beads.

DSC_0076To make the boats, open walnut shells along the edges, being careful not to damage the half shell. Then show your child how to make a sail from a piece of sturdy cardstock cut to form a triangle. ๐Ÿ’กTIP, a sail cannot be too wide, as it might get wet on the sides, weighing the boat down and making it sink.
DSC_0076Place modeling clay in the bottom of the half-shell and put the mast into it to hold it upright.๐Ÿ’ก TIP: you need to place just a small amount of modeling clay/play-doh, just enough to hold the mast.  

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Use a toothpick or a cut-straw for the mast and mount the sail by poking the toothpick through the cardstock at the right points, so that it can catch the breeze.

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Will the sailboat sink or float? The answer is how heavy the half-shell is: if you put too much modeling clay/play-doh, then the boat will be too heavy, causing it to sink. Also, strong "wind" (like Adrian blowing -  see a video below) might tip the boat over too.

A child can now launch the sailboats on a man-made lake and gently blow to create a breeze.

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 For more on science experiments:

  • see here a post "๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™โค๏ธPrimary Colors, ๐Ÿ’ฆWater & Paper Capillary Action โŒ›๏ธTimelapse โš—๏ธ Kids Science Experiment (๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow Walking Water),"
  • and here a video-post "Float or Sinkโ“Tangerine ๐ŸŠ Science Experiment (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)."

๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™โค๏ธPrimary Colors, ๐Ÿ’ฆWater & Paper Capillary Action โŒ›๏ธTimelapse โš—๏ธ Kids Science Experiment (๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow Walking Water)

Today, we are conducting kids science experiment: Capillary Action (also called Rainbow Walking Water), which is a timelapse experiment on water and paper's ability to transfer color from one glass to the other, mixing two primary colors and, in the process, creating secondary colors. This is also a fun sensorial activity for your child to learn primary and secondary colors, while developing fine-motor skills via a use of a dropper. 

DSC_0045What you will need:

  • five clear glasses filled with water;
  • three primary coloring (yellow, blue and red);
  • dropper;
  • paper napkins (a๐Ÿ’กTIP: the thicker the paper, like a kitchen paper-towel, the longer it will take to transfer water and color from one glass to the other; on the other hand, if the paper is too thin, like toilet or tissue paper, it will simply dissolve prematurely, so paper napkins worked best for us for this experiment);
  • a tray ( we are using a wooden tray, which I lined with a shelf-liner).

DSC_0045The three primary colors are what ALL other colors are made of.

You will add to glasses one, three, and five -  yellow, blue and red coloring respectively, leaving the two glasses in between with uncolored clear water. You will then fold paper napkins and insert into the glasses to connect all the glasses with each other. Wait and observe ...


DSC_0045An hour later ... 

Science mystery๐Ÿ’ก revealed: capillary action is a process during which liquid, like water, moves up into a material with a lot of small holes (like paper). If the water is colored, the paper will show the passage of water more obviously. Capillary action happens when three forces called cohesion, adhesion, and surface tension work together.

DSC_0067Few hours later.

Capillary action occurs because water molecules bond together due to forces of cohesion and adhesion, as well as stick to other substances such as paper. Adhesion of water to the surface of the material (paper napkins) will cause an upward force on the liquid (colored water). The surface tension acts to hold the surface intact. Capillary action occurs when the adhesion to the surface material is stronger than the cohesive forces between the water molecules.
DSC_0067In the process of our capillary action experiment, primary colors mixed together with a help of a "waking water" and paper napkins, making two secondary colors - green and purple:

  • ๐Ÿ’› yellow +๐Ÿ’™ blue =๐Ÿ’š green;
  • ๐Ÿ’™ blue +โค๏ธ red =๐Ÿ’œ purple.

DSC_0067Sunlight shining through the glasses, makes the colors even more inviting.

If you ๐Ÿ‘ liked our Capillary Action Timelapse Science Experiment, please leave a comment or subscribe๐Ÿ’–.

For more on color-mixing, please see here "๐ŸŽจPainting with ๐ŸŒˆColored Vinegar on Baking Soda Science Experiment ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡," and here " ๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day๐ŸŽˆBalloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)."

For more on science experiments, see here a video-post "Float or Sinkโ“Tangerine ๐ŸŠ Science Experiment (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)."

Also, see here "Walnut Shell โ›ตSailboats ๐Ÿ’ฆWater Science Experiment (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)."

And here a video ๐ŸŒ‹ Erupting Volcano Science Experiment ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡.