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♻️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.

DSC_0072She then glues a corresponding number of color-matching pom-poms to the cardboard.

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.

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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.)


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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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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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☘️Shamrock ✂️DIY ♻️Recycled 🍡Popsicle Puzzle Skip Counting by 🔟

Today, we are making St. Patrick's Day-inspired DIY  ☘️Shamrock puzzle with a 🔟math twist. 

DSC_0071What you will need:

  • recycled 🍡ice pop/popsicle sticks (or buy wooden craft sticks here),
  • a shamrock cutout (we are using this glittered one),
  • a green Sharpie,
  • a craft knife,
  • and a glue gun

DSC_0064Arrange craft sticks straight next to each other & place a Shamrock cutout on top.

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Prime the area where you will be writing numbers with a clear nail polish to prevent the writings from bleeding (running and spreading).

DSC_0071Write numbers zero through one hundred, skip counting by tens.
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For more on St. Patrick's hands-on fun activities for your child, see here ☘️St. Patrick's Day Kids Activities.

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

We are longing for Spring, so today, we are upcycling by making a DIY Bird forest habitat craft with recycled toilet and towel paper rolls. As a base, we are using a white iPad packing insert. 

DSC_0026We are also using marbles, stones, moss and other finds we have collected during our nature walks.

DSC_0031Use the exactor knife to cut the holes out.
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To make our forest, we painted some trees with white poster paint to resemble birch trees. To make other types of deciduous trees, Adrian mixed the red and green washable finger paints to make the color brown. (He loved mixing colors ~ we ended up mixing many more others! Hooray to sensorial color exploration!)DSC_0039For our forest habitat, we are using backyard birds including a woodpecker, indigo bunting, red cardinal,  warbler, and a blue jay.DSC_0039 To finish the birch trees, I used a black Sharpie and then applied another coat of white paint to some parts.
DSC_0039Many birds migrate as the weather changes to access a greater variety of food and have an ideal habitat for nesting, but many backyard birds stay around all year long. They are often known as resident birds.DSC_0052We also talked about spring and birds' Nesting Cycle. More than 700 bird species breed in North America, and the variations in their behaviors are fascinatingly complex. Different species find mates, build nests, lay eggs, and raise their young chicks in incredibly different ways. Did you know that throughout the year, most birds use day length to tell what season it is? When the number of hours of daylight exceeds a certain critical level, physiological changes are triggered in birds which prepare them to breed. (Read more here.)DSC_0045  In forests, tree holes are created either by woodpeckers or more slowly as trees age and begin to decay. Birds like owls, songbirds, and parrots make homes in the holes of trees because they offer safe environments for sleeping, reproduction and raising young chicks.DSC_0035We commonly see red cardinals, blue jays, and woodpeckers in our backyard. We barely see Yellow Wabler though. Actually, Prothonotary Warbler, unlike other warblers, makes its nest in tree holes within the southern swamplands. This is probably because the normal warbler nesting spot of dense bushes is scarce.

DSC_0052Also, add a math twist and offer your child to add or subtract birds as they fly in or out the tree holes.
DSC_0052We also referred to these bird cards to discover the diversity of birds across North America.

For more on birds, see here our 🐦Bird Unit Study 📚Books and Materials.

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