I am so excited to announce that this year, I am gong to be participating in the 12 Months of Montessori series! I am so honoured to be able to join several amazing bloggers as we share wonderful Montessori inspired content every month this year!This month, we are sharing winter themed activities. Y has been loving our hands on arctic themed activities! Today, I am sharing our trays, with all of the printbales and additional resources we used to enhance our learning!
Arctic-themed activities and printables
Math themed works
We have been spending quite some time practising counting in other languages and learning how to count larger quantities. We enhanced Y’s learning by using our Arctic animal number cards in combination with sandpaper numbers and white gemstone counters.
Y had to match the cards to the sandpaper number, and lay out the corresponding quantity of stones. He also had to tell me the number in English (our foreign language).
To add an additional challenge, we also used two types of arctic animal number clip cards. Here, Y had to count the quantity of animals on each card and place the pin on the corresponding number symbol. He could use the manipulatives provided to help him count.
I also created missing number clip cards that proved to be quite the challenge for him!
Practical life works
Of course, some practical life activities are very fun to include! We began with a water pouring work. I always leave out the water for these works. Y goes to pour it himself from the sink.
We also had a spooning work out. This is really an exercise in patience for Y rather than his ability to use a spoon as he has mastered that skill quite some time ago.
Art and practical life
I created a few works that are somewhere in between creating art and using practical life skills.
This invitation to glue allows kids to practice using glue with the paint brush, strengthen hand muscles, and really, work on patience, especially in working with such small materials.
This push pin work is a fun way to practice fine motor skills and develop concentration, but is also a fun art project. After children prick out the shape, they can decorate them to create lovely pieces of art!
Y really enjoyed using his Arctic themed cutting strips! Even though Y can really already use scissors very well, he has been asking for additional strips to create artworks afterwards. The kiddo just loves his scissors!