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DIY ๐Ÿ”ถOrange Slime๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธLight Table (๐ŸŽƒHalloween Inspired ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ 101๐ŸŽฅSeries)

We love sensory play, where a child explores different mediums such as sand, play dough, rice, beans, etc., while stimulating various senses, triggering neuron connectivity and learning through play in the process. So, what about making a Halloween inspired sensory orange slime!
DSC_0088What you will need:

  • paint (we are using washable fingerpaints - buy here),
  • soap or shampoo,
  • cornstarch,
  • a ziplock plastic bag,
  • a spatula.

DSC_0088We added cornstarch to make the "slime" a little denser.
DSC_0088Make sure the zip-lock does not leak.
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DIY ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธlight table:

  • a container,
  • a string of lights (we are using orange ๐ŸŽƒHalloween lights),
  • any transparent surface to cover the container (we are using a glass shallow dish; you can also use a plastic cover from that container or anything else flat and see-through).

This activity is similar to tracing on sand (like with Montessori Touch & Trace Sensory Writing trays), which can be used as a precursor to writing before a child can actually hold a pen. With an older child, offer to trace numbers or letters or chid's name and observe how the letters magically disappear as the slime bonds back together. 

DSC_0001And, don't forget to have fun!

For more on sensory play, see here a video post how we made a sensory tray "How ๐ŸŽฅ to Make Montessori Sensorial โœ๏ธTracing Tray," and here a video post "Mother's Day ๐Ÿ’ Montessori Touch & Trace Sensory Writing Tray ๐ŸŽฅ."


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 4th of July Inspired โ›ณ Golf Tees ๐Ÿ”จHammering and ๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ๐Ÿ”ต Ball Balancing DIY Activity (Practical Life ๐Ÿ™Œ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series)

This is a fun ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ4th of July inspired DIY Golf Tees Hammering practical life activity for your child to exercise fine as well as gross-motor control.
DSC_0037What you will need:
  • golf tees, 
  • child-size hammer,
  • foam-block,
  • different types of balls to balance on a golf tee,
  • and a tray to define the activity.

A child cautiously hammers golf tees into a foam-block, being vigilant not to hit a finger, and then carefully places different textured balls on the top of a golf tee, trying to balance each ball.

DSC_0037Golf tees need to be hammered straight in order for the child to be able to balance a ball on it. 

DSC_0058-2This activity is a great way to develop dexterity (fine-motor skill) as well as hand-eye coordination, and most importantly, it is fun! Hammering also develops gross motor control and teaches a child a valuable practical life skill! 

๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day Craft - ๐ŸŽฅ Magically Appearing ๐Ÿ™ˆSecret ๐Ÿ–ŒMessage

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads! As a Father's Day gift, children wrote a special secret love message to their Dad. (I knew there has to be a purpose for a white crayon in our oil pastel crayon set!)
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What you need:

  • a white crayon (we are using one from a Giotto Oil Pastels set - buy here);
  • watercolor paint (we are using Art Supply 36 Color Watercolor Artist Paint Set - buy here);
  • a paint brush (we are using Artify 38 piece Paint Brushes Art Set - buy here);
  • a secret message to write.

A secret invisible message written with the white crayon will magically appear with the application of ๐ŸŽจ watercolors.

DSC_0008Adrian's secret message: "Love you Dad."
DSC_0008Julia's secret message: "Love you Dad."

This craft activity is also a great writing exercise where a child learns proper tracing directions while writing a secret message. Writing lowercase "a" took a lot of practice, but eventually Adrian was able to trace it! See here a post "Refining Straight Lines in ๐Ÿ”  Uppercase Letter-Writing" where Adrian is practicing writing in his KUMON workbook (buy here). 

For more on Father's Day craft ideas see here a video-post "๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day๐ŸŽˆBalloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)."  

Also, read here  last year's craft in ๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day Craft - "Daddy, I love you ๐Ÿš€ to the ๐ŸŒ™ moon and back!"


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Flag Day 2017

Today, on June 14th, we celebrate ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Flag Day, by paying tribute to the Stars and Stripes, and also to all the flags of the world. We love using Holidays as themed unit studies, and today, we are learning all about flags. 

DSC_0011This World Flag Board (see here) is a traditional Montessori Geography material, which offers a child an opportunity to practice fine-motor skills by inserting the correct ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทflags into their corresponding slots on the world ๐Ÿ—บmap. Also, the board is double-sided, and the other side offers a child a "control-of-error" chart with flags being depicted and the names of countries they belong to written underneath, so that the child can self-correct. This is a really wonderful material to learn geography hands-on by developing spacial awareness of the positioning of the world countries, as well as learning about flags' meanings and what they stand for. It is amazing how a little piece of material can"tell" a big story!

Below is a fun fine-motor poking activity with a language twist. 

DSC_0001You will need:

  • a piece of styrofoam,
  • a marker to write a letter for a child to trace (illustrate to the child proper tracing direction),
  • flag toothpicks (buy here),
  • a tray (see here).

A child pokes toothpick flags into a styrofoam block, while tracing a letter. 
DSC_0011Adrian traced "F" for Flag.   

We then learned about flags and the meaning they convey.
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Flag of the Unites States of America. Flags of the World book (buy here).

There are fifty stars and thirteen stripes on this tricolored flag, nicknamed the "Stars and Stripes." The stars represent the number of states in the country. The last states to join were Alaska (bought from Russia for $7,200,00) and Hawaii, becoming the 49th and 50th stars. Also, there are thirteen stripes, corresponding to the thirteen original colonies in the Union. The white stripes signify honesty, and the red stripes: courage and fervor. The blue rectangle symbolizes loyalty, friendship, and justice. 

DSC_0015F Is for Flag book (on the right/buy here) is a simple beginner book to introduce the holiday.
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Flags of the World book (buy here) is a complete compendium of the worldโ€™s flags, grouped by geographic area. Each nationโ€™s flag is paired with facts explaining flag's meaning and significance, thus providing a window into the histories, values, and cultures of countries around the world.

Waving in the wind, a flag may not seem like a code. But hidden in the stripes, stars, suns, moons, and colors of the worldโ€™s flags are the keys to understanding different countriesโ€™ shared histories and cherished ideals. Flags do much more than identify countries and groups of people. In every color, pattern, and design, the citizens and governments of countries announce their allegiances and herald their history. 

DSC_0015Ultimate Sticker Book (buy here) offers a child an opportunity to match the flags to the physical map.
DSC_0011-2Adrian also made "Flagooglish""from play-doh. (We have this International flag banner on the background).
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This is a fun play-dough craft to enjoy on Flag Day! 

You will need:

  • play-doh (we are using this natural play dough);
  • flag toothpicks (buy here),
  • googly eyes. 

Happy Birthday Stars and Stripes Flag!

See also here a post "๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Flag Day - How We Celebrated in 2016."


๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day๐ŸŽˆBalloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

This is a fun sensorial Father's Day craft which, besides advancing fine-motor control via the use of a dropper, will also teach your child โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™ PRIMARY and SECONDARY colors.

DSC_0021Adrian started by gluing ballon-ribbons and three white cotton pads to a piece of paper. He then added โค๏ธ red ๐Ÿ’› yellow and ๐Ÿ’™ blue coloring to each: creating all three PRIMARY colors.

After Adrian made PRIMARY colors, he made SECONDARY colors by adding the following:

  • he added ๐Ÿ’› yellow to โค๏ธ red making = ORANGE color;
  • he then added ๐Ÿ’™ blue to ๐Ÿ’› yellow= making ๐Ÿ’š green;
  • finally, Adrian added โค๏ธ red to ๐Ÿ’™ blue= making ๐Ÿ’œ purple.

DSC_0026Adrian made orange, green, and purple SECONDARY colors. 
DSC_0026Adrian thus learned hands-on how to make secondary colors by mixing the two primary colors.DSC_0076You may also offer a child to mix any ๐ŸŽจ colors coming up with own color-pallet.DSC_0092-2As a final touch, Adrian added some sparkling glitter and wrote "Love you Dad!"

For more on Father's Day craft ideas see here a video post "๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day Craft - ๐ŸŽฅ Magically Appearing ๐Ÿ™ˆSecret ๐Ÿ–ŒMessage."

Also, read here  last year's craft  "๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day Craft - "Daddy, I love you ๐Ÿš€ to the ๐ŸŒ™ moon and back!"

For more on color mixing and science, see here a post "Primary Colors, ๐Ÿ’งWater & Tissue Paper Capillary Action Timelapse Science Experiment (Rainbow Walking Water)."