Nature in homeschool activities

We love to frequently add bits and pieces of nature to our activities at home. I really enjoy seeing Y’s connection and interest in the outdoors grow! However, here in the Netherlands fall weather equates to rain, wind and cold so we don’t always get a chance to get outside. When that happens, I love to be able to use some materials that we collect to add a new twist on our works. Today, I am sharing two fun works we recently enjoyed!

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Age: Y is four years old
Goal: Crush leaves using the mortar and pestle until they are a fine powder. This strengthens hand muscles, and also is a wonderful cooking skill to practice.

Presentation


When presenting works like this, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, with any mortar and pestle work, make sure there is an empty bowl for placing the crushed, finished product into.

Also, because we used leaves, make sure they are dry enough to be crushed. Otherwise, this probably will only lead to frustration for your child.

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Y really enjoyed this practical life work! One of the best steps though was collecting the leaves on a walk!

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Age: Y is four years old
Goal: This work is perfect for reviewing number order and number quantity. The goal is let the child place the numbers in the correct order, then place the chestnuts underneath each number.

Presentation

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Works like this are very simple to present. I simply put our DIY sandpaper numbers on the tray along with a bowl of chestnuts. Any manipulative would work for this purpose, but I really like the use of an object from nature.

These chestnuts came from a tree in our backyard!
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Y was also very enthusiastic about this work. Because I am so pregnant, we did it simply at the dinning room table, and he laid out the chestnuts on the numbers rather than underneath.

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I really love adding objects from nature to our works. I find that adding a bit of nature really sparks Y’s interest in a work, even if we have done it many times already!

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By | 2017-10-20T21:11:27+00:00 November 16th, 2016|1-3 years old, 3-6 years old, Math, Montessori|0 Comments

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