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DIY Easter 🐣 Egg Ornaments Foam Sticker Craft

This is a very simple 🐣Easter inspired craft for children. All you need for this 🐣egg-ornament DIY is matching foam egg stickers and strings. During this activity, a child will promote his/her fine-motor skills as precision and patience are required to peel off the backing and attach strings. Also, a child will practice color matching in a process of finding the matching halves.

DSC_0097First, Adrian had to find a matching egg pair, then peel both backs off, attach the string, and stick to two egg-halves together. 

It was a little tricky for Adrian to peel off the backs as they are very sticky, but he figured that attaching the half of the egg to the plate should help.

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Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least XIII-th century. Eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of fasting, and then eat them on Easter as a celebration. The "egg" is also an ancient symbol of new life and it has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring for thousands of years. 

For more Easter-inspired activities, see here 🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study.

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🌸Spring 🐣Inspired 🐰Montessori Tens Board

Adrian is familiar with Montessori Teen Board and the concept of building teens, so it is time to introduce the Tens Board. (Buy the Teen & Tens Board set here and beads for Teen Board here or buy an entire set of golden beads here.) Not only a child sees how tens and ones are being added to make larger numbers, but s/he is also physically building them! The presentation is very similar to the Tens Board presentation (see details in this post), but here, you would lay out ten-bars next to each corresponding tens-number: number ten will have one ten-bar, twenty will have two ten-bars next to it, thirty will have three ten-bars and so forth.

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Next, you will ask a child to "build" a number. For example, to make thirty-four: generally a child would add four yellow beads to a three ten-bars. Today, however, instead of colored beads, we are using Spring-inspired counters, so Adrian would add four  🐣Easter eggs to the number thirty. 

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Another example, making number twenty-three: you would ask your child to give you three-units 🐰 which have to be added to the two-ten bars. After "making" the number as quantity (with ten bars and units), a child will then slide wooden number three on the board over the number twenty, making 23. 

DSC_0015-2 23= 2 ten-bars + 3 units (🐰🐰🐰bunnies). 

DSC_0009Here, we have built: 11, 23, 34, 40, and 56.

This is a very concrete representation of the otherwise very abstract concept. In a Montessori Math curriculum, numbers are broken down into units, tens, hundreds, etc.  For example, the child is shown what the number is made up of. The child is holding the two - ten bars, "feeling" the twenty, and adding different units to it, making different numbers. Such presentation, substantiates the understanding that if you add three-units 🐰🐰🐰 to twenty, you will have 23; if you add four units to twenty, you will have 24 and so forth. The more units you add, the bigger the ten-number. Thereafter, similarly as with the Tens Board presentation, you will present a 3🅿️🌠 Three Period Lesson (read how to present here).

If you are interested, I wrote in details about What is Montessori Math? in this post. 

For more Easter Inspired activities, see here our roundup post 🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study.

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🐣Easter Decoration Pipe Cleaner Beading Egg Ornament Craft

Are you ready for 🐣Easter? Today, we will be making Easter Tree decorations.

Pipe cleaner beading is one of the favorite crafts amongst my children. This activity is great for developing fine-motor movements as it requires precision while threading the beads on a pipe-cleaner. Beading also promotes concentration and patience (depending on how elaborate the design is), and develops memory (if the child has to remember the pattern), but most importantly, this craft sparks creativity and imagination as the child has to decide what s/he would like to make from pipe-cleaners. Also, problem-solving skills come to play when the implementation of an idea takes place, and the end result emerges. This time, for Easter, Adrian decided to make Easter Eggs to decorate our Easter Tree.

DSC_0020You need pipe-cleaners, beads and a tray to contain the activity. 
DSC_0020Threading promotes fine motor control and develops proper pincer grip.

Coordination of small muscles in hands and fingers leads to strong fine-motor skills, which are essential in completing many essential tasks such as writing, drawing, putting puzzle pieces together, cutting, using a fork or spoon, zipping, buttoning, tying shoelaces and many others. To succeed in performing many of such critical tasks a child needs to have these skills well-developed which is achieved by practice.

DSC_0020 To ignite creativity, offer your child to choose a pattern s/he wants to create. Adrian chose: white-blue-lavender  ~ a three bead pattern.
DSC_0020For a more intricate design, decorate your egg ornament with another beaded pipe-cleaner in the middle.


DSC_0020Our pipe-cleaner Easter 🐣Egg-ornament is ready to be hung!

DSC_0014The other decorations on the tree are Easter foam stickers. See here how Adrian made them.

For more Easter Inspired activities, see here 🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study.

We also did a pipe-cleaner beading craft for St. Patrick's Day ~see here "☘️ Shamrock Pipe Cleaners and Beads Craft."

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Wooden Tangram Puzzle at 41 months

This Wooden Tangram Puzzle (buy similar here) is an ancient Chinese brain game known to prime children's brains for math. A child will have fun grasping mathematical concepts such as congruency, symmetry, area, perimeter and geometry, while learning geometrical shapes such as a triangle and a square and its sides and angles. A child will have to use visual-spatial intelligence and creativity to solve this puzzle which requires a child to rotate the geometrical shapes in mind's eye. 

DSC_0001This seven-piece tangram puzzle is the world's oldest and most well known silhouette puzzle. Different bright colors promote color and shape recognition, as well as concepts of big vs small. The child will be using reasoning, problem-solving and logical thinking skills to solve the puzzle as well developing patience and persistence.  

It took Adrian 21 seconds to assemble this Tangram Puzzle without a visual representation of a puzzle as assembled. We had misplaced the instructions somewhere ):

DSC_0004Adrian made a "boat" from the blocks and spelled the word with a Movable Alphabet. 

A child can also put blocks into different shapes, according to instructions, or s/he is free to use the imagination! For an older child, you can add a language aspect and ask the child to spell/read the word of the object/animal s/he made. (We are using this Montessori Small Wooden Movable Alphabet for spelling.)

I found a similar tangram puzzle here, and it says for "children between ages 6 to 10 years"This one is from non-toxic paint, and it says "from ages 3 to 105". I think regardless of age, if a child enjoys this puzzle while developing problem-solving and logical thinking skills, as well as enhancing visual perception ability, it is a toy well chosen!

Does your child have a Tangram Puzzle?

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Disney's Animal Kingdom

We love nature and animals, and we love to explore. However, we cannot always visit all the beautiful places to admire all the living diversity on this land. There is so much to see - so much to explore! However, we can come to Disney's Animal Kingdom zoological theme park and experience first-hand breathtaking African Savannah, or see tigers in Asia, or come to a close encounter with Central and South American Crocodiles!

DSC_0281 The Tree of Life.

At the center of the park there is a Tree of Life - an impressive 145 feet tall and 50 feet wide at its base tree, home to over 300 meticulously detailed animal carvings throughout its massive trunk, gnarling roots and outstretched branches.


DSC_0281Tree of Life invokes the diversity, beauty and interconnected nature of earth's many creatures. 

At Animal Kingdom you transcend the time and distance as you can encounter wild animals and explore exotic jungle trails all in one park - without the need of physical travel to different continents! You can even become a paleontologist!


DSC_0263Have you ever gone to Disney's Animal Kingdom Boneyard? 

This is the biggest sensorial bin I have ever seen! The child gets to use his/her tactile senses and really explore through the sense of touch the texture of sand, while revealing with every scoop of the shovel another bone, which might lead to the mankind's biggest discovery!

DSC_0263Disney's Boneyard is an open-air play area designed to look like a dinosaur dig site. However, this is not a dinosaur’s bones Adrian is digging for. This Columbian Mammoth persisted just 10,000 years ago -  over 64 mil years after the last dinosaur disappeared. During the Pleistocene Ace Age, this North American area was populated by animals such as lions, giant sloths, giant beavers, and huge mammoths. Evidence suggests that this mammoth was killed by Paleo indians (pride of "smilodons"- Saber Tooth Cats) who hunted with spears. Is it not easy to kill a mammoth with a spear!

DSC_0263A real size Brachiosaurus replica bone skeleton welcomes children to and from the dig-site. 

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After leaving the Dinosaur park, children were excited to encounter fist-hand a beautiful diversity of animal kingdom.  

DSC_0243 Southern Giant Anteater. 

The South America Anteater uses its sticking two-foot tong to gobble up at many at 30,000 bugs per day!

DSC_0269African Spoonbill.

Spoonbills sweep their long broad bill from side to side to catch small fish and aquatic creatures and scoop them out of the water.
DSC_0269South America Roseate Spoonbill.

Also known as “flame bird”, this spoonbill gets its bright pink plumage from a diet rich in shrimp (just like flamingoes). 

During our trip, children were truly emerged into the World Of Animals, not to mention the Explore Passports, which prompted them to stop by at multiple location to earn badges after learning an interesting fact about an animal or a country. As a result children received  a hands-on zoology lesson with experts sharing their insider tips while observing real life animals in their natural habitats! We will definitely be back to the Animal Kingdom! There are more badges to earn!

p.s. See our African Savanna post here where we could encounter up close one of the most unbelievable animals!

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