Hi there! Happy Friday! Today, I’m going to be sharing something that my kiddo has been loving lately- vehicle activities. Given his obsession with anything with an engine, I spent some time this weekend preparing more vehicle themed tot school printables. This week, instead of photo bombing you with all of the different types of Montessori activities that we’ve been working on, I’ll be sharing just a few. Mainly because these were my son’s absolute favourite activities this week, but also because we’ve been spending so much time outside lately that the amount of time spent on official ‘tot school’ works has been reduced.
What’s special about these activities is also that this time, my hubby helped me to make these printables! I’m going to be sharing these with you today, as well providing the activities pictured here for free to download. [Note: these photos involve Russian text on the activities, but all printables are available in both English and Russian]. These are part of a larger and more comprehensive printable pack that I will be offering for free within the next few weeks so be sure to come back for that!
Color Matching with cars
To start off with, I want to discuss this cars and color matching work. One of my not really goals, but kind of is a goal for Tot School this summer has been to teach the Toddler some colors.
First, I presented the three part cards with just the colors. As you can see, I leave one sheet of paper with the cards for my son. I print two of these papers, laminate, and cut one copy out into individual cards. Then I presented the other set of cards as a matching work. Later, I swapped the color cards for vehicle cards with the same colors. The Toddler isn’t quite able to do match the cars to the proper colors alone, but has been enjoying trying.
This is pretty self explanatory. I wanted a quick activity that we could work on to build vocabulary, without having to put much thought or planning into it. So viola: a mystery bag!
These are great because they take about three minutes to put together. Then, I can simply put it down somewhere, and my Toddler will eventually come across it, and start pulling out the objects. I come to sit next to him, and explain what each is. If I really wanted to make it more Montessori, I would make up some cards to match each item. You could also put each item into its own compartment, like a box or bag for each individual piece. Once each item is discovered, the child would need to put each back in it’s original spot. I didn’t feel like putting that much effort into this work, yet.
Shadow matching with vehicles
My son just loved these so much! He kept returning to these activities throughout the day and would sit quietly on his own for up to ten minutes at a time, repeatedly putting these together, clearing off the loose pieces, and putting them back on!
I actually enjoyed the small break I got from planning, and for the rest of the month, I think I’ll be keeping our Tot School weeks similar to this- a bit on the simpler side.
I’ve been thinking a lot about our plans for the next ‘school year’, which I say in quotation marks because my son sees homeschool as playtime with mommy. It’s obviously not official homeschool. Anyhow, I want to get planning a bit, make up some printables to get at least start us off, decide on our themes and goals. Public school can begin at two here, as well, and we need to make several decisions in that regard and soon!
Back to my initial point: this post is basically a small sneak peak of a very large construction/vehicle/transportation printable set that I am working on. Since the Toddler is loving this theme and these works so much, I have several more that I will be sharing within the next few weeks, including the math printables I promised last week!
You can download the printable I made for these activities here: