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👣Feet 🐣Egg Transferring 🌈Color Matching 💪🏻Gross Motor 📽Game

This is a super fun DIY: use recycled eggs (I am sure we all have tones of them after Easter) or use balls and let your kiddo have fun with this color recognition gross motor game. 

DSC_0082     I did not have either black or red egg, so using Sharpies, I colored them.

DSC_0094Besides exercising those little feet, this is also an awesome color matching activity, and if your child knows all the colors, use this opportunity to learn colors in a different language!

DSC_0060You would call out a color, and the child, using feet only, would transfer that color egg to a different container.

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We are also using traditional Montessori color tables (see links to posts below), but you can use paint samples from your hardware store for this color matching (see examples below). 

DSC_0094Also, use this activity to grade colors! 

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It is through appropriate work and activities that the character of the child is transformed.  Work influences his development in the same way that food revives the vigor of a starving man.  We observe that a child occupied with matters that awaken his interest seems to blossom, to expand, evincing undreamed of character traits; his abilities give him great satisfaction, and he smiles with a sweet and joyous smile. ~ Dr. Maria Montessori (San Remo Lectures, p. 28.)

DSC_0094If you have a color chart, offer your child to match the eggs to the chart. 

Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement, we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.  ~ Maria Montessori.

If you have siblings or a kids' 🎉 party, grab ⏱a timer and turn this game 🏁 into " Who can do it fastest!"🏆


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_1020 To 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).

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

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


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

This recycled DIY from cardboard will help your child learn the shape of the number by hands-on making numbers from pipe cleaners. Then, through the sense of touch, the child will reinforce numeral vs quantity association by counting pom poms, thus developing sensorially tactile understanding of quantitative measure of number, which is an otherwise abstract mathematical concept.

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What you will need:

  • recycled cardboard cut into squares
  • pipe cleaners
  • pom poms
  • and a glue gun.

DSC_0072Julia first makes a number from a pipe cleaner.

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DSC_0105Offer your child to trace each number and count pom poms.DSC_0095Triggering child's tactile senses enriches the learning experience.Behind the scenes video of how Julia made these tactile number boards. 


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 Also, take this opportunity to talk about odd and even numbers. See a detailed lesson with the video on Odd/Even presentation here in a post ❤️Valentines Odd & Even • Montessori 🔢Math 101 🎥 Series 🎇.

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Sensorial exploration is extremely important during the child's first six years of life. Dr. Maria Montessoi described the First Plane of Development (birth to 6 yrs) as a period of the Absorbent Mind which is characterized by "young child's behavior of quickly and effortlessly assimilating the sensorial stimuli of his or her environment, including information from the senses, language, culture, and the development of concepts." The child is self-observed, has a self-centered viewpoint, is focused primarily on the sensorial exploration of a factual world. Materials are prepared mainly for individual use by a child. Dr. Montessori believed that this power is unique to the first plane and that it fades as the child approached the age of six. So, triggering sensorial exploration during the first six years of life proves to be most beneficial to child's development. Read more here in a post "Dr. Maria Montessori's Planes (Stages) of Development."


DSC_0105A child three to six years of age has a conscious absorbent mind.  “It is as if the child, having absorbed the world by an unconscious kind of intelligence, now ‘lays his hands’ to it.”   Now it is the hand, as a ‘prehensile organ of the mind,’ not just the senses, which move the child through a period of constructive ‘perfectionment’ – refining the acquisitions already made." ~  explained Dr. Montessori.

Below are our DIY numbers up close.

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Dr. Montessori also defined a psychological state she termed  "normalization" (in children from three to six years old) which arises from concentration and focus on activity which serves the child’s developmental needs, and is characterized by the ability to concentrate as well as "spontaneous discipline, continuous and happy work, social sentiments of help and sympathy for others... A child who concentrates is immensely happy." ~ Dr. Montessori observed.

 DSC_0105 So, by creating a prepared environment full of tactile stimuli, triggering the child sensorially, we hope to offer the child a rich learning environment and instill a lifelong love of learning. 

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For more on DIY materials and activities, see here ✂️DIY, Crafts & Materials.


🐰Easter 🐣Egg Bunting Banner Shaving Cream 🎨Marbled Paper ✂️Craft

This year, we decided not to buy Easter decorations, but to make them instead!  If your kids are into messy not-so-messy 🎨 art fun, then crafting these marbled paper Easter Eggs which will make an awesome banner or Easter bunting is a perfect DIY for you!
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 What you will need:
  • cutout egg shapes ~ we are using this 110 lb white cardstock (marbled print came out the best with this paper!) and this watercolor paper (we used to make larger eggs), and brown recycled cardstock
  • food coloring ~ we are using this neon 4-pack food color (we have tried acrylic paint and oil paint and they did not work for us)
  • glitter ~ we are using this glitter from 100% non-toxic polyester
  • a fork and a paintbrush
  • scraper tool ~ you can use an old credit card
  • shaving cream or foam
  • a deep tray. 
DSC_0072For an eco-friendly alternative shaving foam, we used this one. To lift the eggs from the shaving foam, we will be using tongs from this set. Lastly, apply a fixative spray to your finished art product to preserve shine and longevity (buy similar here). 

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First, cut out your egg shapes. We are using an oval inset from Montessori Metal Insets set. Also, use this opportunity to talk about oval vs ellipse shape with your child: an oval (egg) having a slightly thicker bottom vs an ellipse having two points of symmetry. 

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If you are looking for an economic version of the shaving foam ~buy similarly priced shaving cream here (works as good as more expensive ones).

DSC_0050Spray the shaving cream onto a deep tray (you can use a baking tray or this disposable pan) and offer your child to spread the shaving cream around and flatten using a squeegee. Did I mention, this is an awesome sensory experiment!

DSC_0084Let your child decide on the paint colors s/he wants to use for this marbled paper art project and squirt it on top of the shaving cream.

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To prepare your art medium, run the fork through it, creating a ridged surface. (Decide whether you want to go horizontally or vertically and stay consistent.)
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Then, using a paintbrush's pointy side (or any other pointy tool) start dragging the paint in a circular motion creating a marbled look. Experiment by making circles bigger or smaller and stay consistent until you finish the entire row.
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 Proceed similarly with the next row, creating a marbling effect.
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Now, take the cutout egg papers and place them on top of the shaving cream. Apply a little pressure to push each down into the shaving cream ~ leave it there for a minute or two. 
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Then, lift each egg from the shaving cream with a tweezer or tongs (we are using ones from this set). 
DSC_0084Place the eggs on a recycled paper for a few minutes to absorb even more of the color.  
DSC_0099Using some sort of a scraper tool (we used an old gift card, expired credit cards work too) scrape off the shaving cream, and while the egg is still wet, apply glitter. Then, let it dry.  
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To make a new marbled color combination, just squit more color on top of your existing color combination ~ first, we added lilac color to the current red and blue combination.  
DSC_0099Proceed just like with the first batch: run through the shaving cream with the fork first. 
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 Create circles, squiggles ~ be creative!
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Scrape off the excess shaving cream and watch your marbled masterpiece emerge!
DSC_0101 There can never be too much glitter in our house!

DSC_0099  To start a new color batch, just scrape off the top of the shaving cream (about 1/2 inch).
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DSC_0101 We then added some purple color on top of green and yellow for the next batch.

DSC_0111-2Once the paint has dried, I sprayed each egg with the sealer (buy similar here).  

DSC_0119Once the eggs are completely dry (in an hour or so), I placed all the eggs under a heavyweight (books work great)  lining the eggs up with paper in between. The weight will straighten your eggs, making them ready to be displayed for Easter. 
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Finally, I punched holes and attached a string, making it a perfect Easter Bunting.  
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You can also hang these eggs as ornaments on your Easter Tree.
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Children had so much fun making these shaving cream marbled paper Easter egg buntings, that we have made enough to hang in each room. 
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This was an awesome way to upcycle while creating Easter decorations together and having a wonderful holiday time with the people that matter most! I hope you are having a wonderful Easter Holiday!
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For more Easter fun activities, see our entire Easter roundup here in a post "🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study."

🐣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)."


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! 

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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.