Y adores cars, trucks, planes, and basically anything that moves! Now that I am back home and am getting back to presenting shelf work for him, I knew the first ‘unit’ I wanted to get done was a transportation theme. Today, I am sharing all of the fun learning activities he has been working on the past few weeks!
Y has been having so much fun that I have yet to swap out the activities even though he has already done all of them multiple times.
Y loved this very simple art project! I simply presented a container with transportation themed stickers and a few pieces of white paper! He has been loving stickers lately, and the efforts to peel off the white backing on the stickers were fabulous for fine motor practice!
We also completed a painting with wheels art project, too! You can read more about it in my transportation themed painting post!
We did a size sequencing and sorting work with wheels from an old K’nex set that the hubby used to play with as a child! I tried to find these on amazon, but haven’t had any luck. These tires have led to many great counting and sizing works!
This is another size sequencing and sorting work, but this time utilising transportation themed printables that I created. Here, I also presented a green felt mat that Y could roll out for this work. Because he is older and quite good at sorting, I presented 3 different vehicle cards in the bin. Here he had to first sort the cards by type of vehicle and then lay them out by size. Smallest to largest and/or reverse.
From my Mega transportation pack, I used a sorting printable for Y. I put velcro on there and let him sort trucks from airplanes. Really this work is far too easy for him, and he is already entering a sensitive period for counting (sorting is a precursor to counting). However, Y still thinks it’s fun – probably due to the theme so I added this to our shelves.
And so I also added a counting work. Here, I used some homemade sandpaper numbers and counting cards I had made for Y to match to each other. You could have children layout the corresponding quantity of manipulatives alongside these cards.
To do this work, I have Y layout his mat. Then, he lays out the sandpaper numbers in order (0-3 in this case). He can trace the numbers at this point if he chooses, but the focus is on ordering the numbers and saying what it is. We actually have a song we sing for numbers! After all that, he lays out the corresponding number card underneath.
Here is another counting work using wooden numbers and rocks. A simple idea but very effective.
This one was really just for fun, but Y LOVED it! I simply created a shadow matching work.
Fine motor and practical life
A nuts and bolts matching work. For an extra challenge, there were multiple sizes so Y had to work to find which ones matched. It is important with these types of works to add the same amount of both nuts and bolts for a control of error.
Paper punching. Note: I added two plates for Y, but they are stacked.
Y lays this work out on his table.
Tonging rocks out of beans. A bit of a random mix, but great for fine motor practice!
I had a cutting strip printable ready for Y, but the kiddo went through it before I could snap a photo, and then requested more paper to cut so that is what I presented here.
We have been working on snipping since before my accident 5 months ago. Y began by first snipping – making short cuts in the paper.
This past week, he was again very interested in cutting and kept asking for more paper. He ended up practicing for about 45 minutes! Before he sat down to do this work, he could not cut long pieces of paper continuously, rather he had to readjust his grip after each cut he made. By the end, he had mastered making continuous cuts and had also started properly grasping the scissors without a reminder of where to put his fingers.
I really find those moments where I see Y mastering a new skill absolutely beautiful! I love that aspect of Montessori – we present activities that are challenging, and our little ones are motivated themselves to keep trying until they master the new skills!
This was a very simple car drop experiment. We taped the rolls onto the walls and dropped cars down them. We talked about how some were faster – or rather I pointed out that car a was heavier etc. I had 4 cars in the basket, but Y requested to play with 2 of them hence their absence from the photo.
I set up a car wash tray for Y, but the weather has been strangely beautiful here so we set up something bigger outside!
Not much to discuss here – Y got to explore this harmonica.
I made some transportation puzzles and Y got to match them. I laminated for extra durability.
Reading and writing
I was thinking of using a sand tray, but didn’t want to deal with the mess, so we used rice instead. The idea was that he could practice making the letter. Instead, he got out his dump trucks. It’s transportation week so I suppose he wanted to stick with our theme 😉
This one really blew my mind. Before my accident, Y was very good at identifying Russian letters. We read books frequently and worked on letter recognition in tot school. However with a 5 month break, I figured he would have forgotten many letters. But he didn’t and breeeezed through this work. I was so proud!
Another letter matching/recognition work.
This happened by chance – we were driving somewhere and saw this construction vehicle (how is it called in English??). Daddy and Y went to explore and I tried to get a photo.
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