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🐣Easter Inspired ♻️DIY Egg 🔠Alphabet 🔡 Matching Activity

This is a fun Easter Inspired DIY 🐣Egg Alphabet Matching Activity, where your child will have to color coordinate, match upper to lower case letters and identify the first sound by matching language objects.

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If you have some recycled Easter eggs, first, find matching pairs, which have to be identical. Each pair will have an uppercase letter written on the top part of one egg, and the lowercase letter written on the lower part of the second egg from that pair.   

DSC_0014Also, inside each egg, I placed language objects that begin with the letter that is written on the egg. For example, in a pair of eggs that have upper and lower case A , I have placed an ant in one egg and an ax in the other;  B ~ bee, bunny; C~ crab, cork. (We are using an ax and a crab from this Language set.)

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We are also using wooden Montessori movable alphabet once the pairs are matched to emphasize the vowels (blue colored) and consonants (red colored).  You may, however, use any letters from a craft store, magnetic or paper printouts for additional matching. 

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At the end of the "hunt", the child should have combined the two halves of the eggs into one egg, matching the upper and lower case letters, as well as matching the language objects that begin with that sound.

DSC_0124For more on Easter activities, as well as to see 🐣Easter Inspired Montessori 🔉Sound 🔡Blending Game ~ read here our entire Easter roundup in a post "🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study."

For more letter work, see our initial letter exploration through letter hunts in our Letter Series post here.

For more advanced Language lessons, see here  Montessori Phonetical Set 1 of 6 (c  m  a  t).

For reading lessons and 💗Pink Series, see here "Montessori 💗 Pink Series  'e' sound (Language 101 🎥 Series 🎇 Curriculum)." 

For early reading, see here "Montessori CVC Picture Word cards with wooden Clothespins (💗Pink Series 🎥 Early Reading)."

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DIY ♻️ Recycled ✂️Materials for Homeschool

Montessori materials can be 💰costly,  so I love finding an alternative. Below I will show you some of the DIYs I have created to substitute some of the materials you would generally purchase. 

DIY Color Matching + Fine Motor Pegging

 This DIY resembles matching Montessori Color Tablets ~ similar to Color Box 2 ~ a traditional Sensorial material introduced to toddlers starting at 2 ½ years old. 

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With this activity, besides simply matching color samples from your local hardware store, offer your child to practice fine motor skills by matching colored clothespins and also graduating pegs in order from smallest to largest or vice versa. And if you have plain wooden pegs, just color them either with Sharpies (what we used) or use tempera stick paints which are awesome too!

IMG_1020To learn more about Montessori 🌈Color Boxes, read here a detailed post with presentations on boxes one through three on my blog Montessori Color Box 1, 2 & 3 (Color tablets).


DIY Montessori Sandpaper Numbers:

Sandpaper Numbers are also easy to make at home.
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What you will need:

  • green cardstock to resemble the traditional Montessori Sandpaper Numbers
  • sandpaper from your local hardware store,
  • scissors (children are also using a paper cutter for more precision)
  • and glue.

 Having your child make or help you make these DIY Sandpaper NUmbers will only ignite the excitement, promoting interest and engagement.

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By sensorily feeling the number, the child is able to perceive the symbol through senses other than just visual. For more on Sandpaper Numbers, see here 🖐️Sandpaper 🔢 Numbers (Montessori 🔢 Math 101 🎥 Series 🎇 Curriculum).


 ♻️RECYCLED ✂️ DIY PUZZLES
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Do you have an old magazine? Recycled old books? Expired calendars? How about turning them into homemade DIY puzzles!

DSC_0221-2Cut out a picture, laminate it (if you don't have a laminating machine iron works great too) and cut it in as many pieces as you think your child can handle. For smaller children, just cut a picture in half; for older in quarters or even eighths. 


DSC_0221-2And why not turn this ♻️RECYCLED ✂️DIY puzzle into a 🐋matching animals game! 

  IMG_1146See here DIY 🍂Fall Inspired Puzzle.

I am using a double-sided 🍂Fall picture I found in a catalog. With this type of DIY puzzle, you can adjust 📈📉the level of difficulty based on your child's age. With smaller children, 📉choose a bright image with many objects and cut in fewer pieces (2 or 4 squares) or simply cut the picture vertically, for easier assembly. 📈With older children, the smaller the pieces, the harder it will be to assemble the puzzle😉so cut it accordingly to your child's level.


♻️DIY TIC TAC TOE

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Do your children play tic tac toe? It's a 🤗fun game and an easy ♻️✂️DIY if you have 💦water bottle caps and 🍡ice pop sticks (any craft sticks will do), and a glue gun.

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♻️DIY 🍡Pop-Sticks, Pegs & Dot Stickers 🔴 ➕🔵 Addition Activity

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This is a super easy and fun ♻️ math 🔢 ➕addition DIY where I ✍🏻️wrote ➕equations on 🍡pop-sticks, and as a control of error, a child can flip that same 🍡 and confirm the answer by counting the 🔴🔵dot-stickers. See here a 🎥video of Adrian solving all the ➕equations as well as how to make this ♻️DIY in a video post ♻️DIY 🍡Pop-Sticks, Pegs & Dot Stickers 🔴 ➕🔵 Addition Activity (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson).


 DIY ♻️Paper Towel Roll 🔤Alphabet Matching Activity

DSC_0109I wrote with a Sharpie upper and lower case alphabet letters on dot stickers, making sure that lower and upper of the same letter were color-matching. 

IMG_1149Since lower case letters are more prevalent, I had Adrian match lower to upper case letters which were sporadically arranged on a paper towel roll. He would simply stick the lower case on top of the upper case.  For some introductory language lessons, see here our Letter Series post. To learn about Montessori Phonetical Sets of Presenting Alphabet letters,  (see here) Set 1:     First set: c  m  a  t  . For early reading, see here "Montessori CVC Picture Word cards with wooden Clothespins (💗Pink Series 🎥 Early Reading)."   Also, see here "Montessori 💗 Pink Series  "e" sound (Language 101 🎥 Series 🎇 Curriculum)."


 ♻️DIY Montessori🍡Popsicles Spindle Box
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In a Montessori Math curriculum, at around two years of age, after introducing Number Rods and Sandpaper Numbers you would introduce Spindle Box (buy here), which teaches a child the difference between the numeral (a 🔢 number/symbol written on a wooden box's slot) and quantity (substance, like when a child is holding actual spindles in his/her hands). The box has numerals zero to nine written on separate slots, and a child concretely learns that one is not a much, while nine is a lot! See here a detailed post "Spindle Box & Sandpaper 🔢Numbers Extensions (Montessori Math)."
DSC_0237Montessori Spindle Box is also an easy DIY activity using any compartments (like utensils organizer), and anything substantial representing quantity a child can hold with the whole hand such as pens, crayons and why not 🍡 popsicle sticks. (Montessori materials need Not be 💸expensive.)


 DIY ♻️Recycled 📦 Cardboard 🔢Numbers & Counters ✋🏻Tactile DIY  DSC_0097

First, the child learns the shape of the number by making it from a pipe cleaner, then through the sense of ✋🏻touch, the child reinforces numeral vs quantity association by counting pom poms.

For more DIYs, see here ✂️DIY, Crafts & Materials.

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🌸Spring Flower ♻️Recycled ✂️Craft

Happy first day of 🌸Spring! Are you not sure what to do with all those scraps of paper you have left over from various craft projects? Well, now, you can make a beautiful flower recycled DIY craft, which is also an amazing fine motor exercise. 

DSC_0049Gather the leftover cardstock strips.

DSC_0034Fold the green cardstock to make a stem.

DSC_0027Trace an oval on pink cardstock.

DSC_0034Cut thin strips from the same color cardstock.

DSC_0034Offer your child to glue the ends, making a roll. 

DSC_0034Glue the rolls to the oval cardstock.

DSC_0034Now, to make a leaf, fold the green cardstock and trace a semi-oval.

DSC_0034Glue one end of the leaf to the stem. 

DSC_0034Make another leaf and glue to the other side. 

DSC_0038 To add some glamor, we will be adding glitter to our flower.  

DSC_0041-2Using a clear glue-stick, apply a thin layer and sprinkle some glitter.

DSC_0049-3Happy March 20th! Happy 1st Day of 🌸Spring! 

For more recycled craft, see below: 

 DSC_0097See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action.

DSC_0039Sehere🐦Birds 🌳Forest Habitat DIY ♻️Recycled 🚽Toilet Paper Craft with 🔢Math Twist.

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🎩Leprechaun 🍀Land DIY 🌀Hydro Gels 💚Colored Rice 🙌🏻 Sensory Bin

Happy ☘️St. Patrick's Day! Did any of your perfect traps work? Since children did not wish to catch a leprechaun, we decided to create a sensory Leprechaun Land. 

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In preparing our 🎩 Leprechaun ☘️Land, we decided to use 🌀hydrogels~ 💦water-beads, since we have had the most amazing sensorial experience with them! ( At times, I'm not sure 🙈whom am I setting up these bins for? 👧🏻👦🏼or 🙋🏼?)

DSC_0012Hydrogels can be costly though, so I bought ⚪️clear  hydrogels in bulk ~ 1 lb makes 12 gallons😱for only $10~ and then added food coloring! And, the amazing thing is that once colored, the hydrogels do not stain hands or transfer color! For example, we placed DIY blue hydrogels in water, and the water remained clear while hydrogels remained vivid blue!

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Inspired by the 💚Green book, we are also making shades of GREEN with this DIY rice! Just add a little bit vinegar (we are using a bulb baster for that) and desired food coloring to your dry rice (separate each color in an individual plastic ziplock bag) - mix well, air dry and it is ready to use! 

DSC_0012Most coloring we used (such as green, seafoam, and turquoise)  are from this liquid dye set for soap. We also used a neon green (with a pointy cap) from this food coloring pack, and last one: kiwi green was from this liquid soap set.

DSC_0027Did you know that 🇮🇪 Ireland's nickname is 💚 'Emerald Isle’ because of its verdant landscapes and lush 🌱 grass? Also, the color 💚green holds a deeper religious meaning of Catholicism. Green stands for fighting for independence and freedom from 🇬🇧England and to be able to exercise free religious choice. Gold, on the other hand, as seen on the 🇮🇪Irish flag, represents Protestant ruling under the 🇬🇧British Empire, and white stands for hope.

DSC_0027Did you know that the original color associated with St. Patrick was not green, but blue! Patrick is shown wearing blue vestments in several artworks. It was not until later that the green color became associated with Ireland due to the beautiful green countryside and the above mentioned religious content. 

DSC_0097-3We ended up mixing our DIY blue and green hydrogels to create a pond for a frog to sit on a four-leafed clover. We also use these tree, which I inserted into styrofoam packing rectangles. I thereafter covered everything with our rainbow green rice.

DSC_0093About 🎩Leprechauns: According to legend, the leprechaun is a tiny elf, found only in Ireland. Most leprechauns are shoemakers to the Fairies, who pay them gold for their work. The leprechauns, or “little people,” store their gold in pots and often bury one “at the end of the rainbow.” Since leprechauns love more than anything to play tricks, this may just be another one. The gold at the end of the rainbow has not been discovered yet! But if you find a leprechaun and pick him up, he must tell you where his gold is hidden. That is leprechaun law. So look for leprechauns in Ireland near clear springs of water, or close to large rock formations, or at the end of a rainbow. Listen for the sound of tiny hammers tapping, or elfin pipes piping, as soft voices to sing a fairy song. And maybe, just maybe, you will find the leprechauns’ pot of gold!

DSC_0100We also experimented with setting up a pond in a shallow dish.

DSC_0100Which set up do you like better?

DSC_0025 copyAnd, by the way, a Leprechaun ended up visiting us for a quick bite after all. Children were super 😜 excited to see that he ate all the nuts we left out for him and drank some of his favorite ❤️️dandelion 🍵tea ... though spilling most of the tea ...He also left gold dusted 👣 footprints all over and two gold coins. We did not catch him on camera though 😬 leprechauns are quick, shrewd and camera-shy❌📸.  Have you been 🍀 lucky catching a Leprechaun?

See here our entire unit round-up in a post ☘️St. Patrick's Day Inspired Unit Study.

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DIY ☘️Shamrock Addition 🔢Counting Activity

St. Patrick's Day is around the corner, and we are continuing the ☘️themed week today with this simple DIY addition activity. Hands-on concrete learning with visual counters is more accessible to children than the abstract mathematical concepts. So, this DIY is an invitation to count, perform addition, feel the counters, trace the sandpaper numbers and make numbers with pipe cleaners! We are using shamrock cutouts (these glittered ones) and lucky Leprechaun gold coins as counters. 

DSC_0026TIP: for a DIY, cut out shamrock shapes yourself from green cardstock (two smaller identicals for addends and one larger for a sun), and use any green counters you have handy: pom poms, buttons, beads, marbles etc.

DSC_0026You may download the Addition worksheet here

Once the child calculates the sun, offer to make that number from pipe cleaners and also offer to trace it using Montessori Sandpaper numbers

DSC_0028As a variation, offer to practice counting and adding styrofoam balls (we are using recycled tomato cardboard container to hold the balls). I placed each addend into a shallow smaller bowl and the "sum" bowl I chose a little bigger to emphasize that the bigger bowl ~ the sum~ will combine the two smaller ones. (For a detailed lesson on Addition, see links below).

 
DSC_0034Tonging is a wonderful way to practice and strengthen fine motor control.


DSC_0037Also, offer your child to "trace" the sum sandpaper number with marbles, as well as trace the number in the sand tray.  (I lined the tray with green cardstock in a spirit of St. Patrick's. See below how to make a Montessori Sandpaper Tracing tray.)

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If you would like to ✂️ make sandpaper numbers, see here a video-tutorial 🖐️Sandpaper 🔢 Numbers (Montessori 🔢 Math 101 🎥 Series 🎇 Curriculum), and see here how we made sandpaper letters "DIY Sandpaper Letter "S" (Montessori 🔠 101 Language).
DSC_0037Finally, ask your child to determine whether the sum-number is an odd or even number. For a detailed lesson on Odd and Even, see here a post "🍁Fall-Inspired Odd and Even (Numbers & Counters)" which has links to other Odd/Even lessons. 

DSC_0052Taking it up a 📈notch by adding three addends (instead of two in a regular equation) since a ☘️shamrock has three leaves! This simple math addition DIY is super easy to set up: all you need is a 🍀paper puncher and pipe cleaners to make numbers to reinforce 🔢number recognition and proper tracing. Buy a similar shamrock here (same size as we are using ~ 1") or buy a smaller 5/8" clover puncher here.

DSC_0033-001 See here🎥 video of Adrian making Montessori Sensorial Tracing Tray using a polenta filler.

For more on St. Patrick's Day inspired math activities, see here ☘️Shamrock ✂️DIY ♻️Recycled 🍡Popsicle Puzzle Skip Counting by 🔟s. Also, see our entire unit study here ☘️St. Patrick's Day Kids Activities.

For more addition math lessons, see below:

DSC_0005 See here a video post "➕Addition Strip Board (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)."

For more on addition, see a post 🎥 here "Montessori Math Simple ➕ Addition using Marble-Counters" which also has an intro What is Montessori Math? Also see here an Extension to Strip Board: "➕Addition Strip Board Making 🔟’s (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)."

For more on math, see here a post 🎥 video "Beginning ➖ Subtraction 🎥 (Montessori 🔢 Math Lesson)."

See links to previous math lessons here.

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