This is the last preschool post for a while… M is not excited about much that’s been out for him lately and I need to take a break and rethink some things. And, well, it is summer. :) So this wrap-up is for a few things we’ve done that he’s actually enjoyed over the past several weeks.
I made some quick number cards and we used them with these little number rods I found at a thrift store:We did them in a very Montessori-ish way, going slowly and making sure to count each section of each rod, then naming the number of both the rod and the card. M seemed to respond well to having “rules” for doing this.
Then we made a triangle with them:Unfortunately I didn’t get a full set of the number rods. I plan on making some Montessori bead bars so we can continue this kind of activity with 10’s and 100’s.
M worked on his fine motor skills, lining up flat glass marbles on craft sticks numbered 1 to 6 (then he lost interest):
At Michael’s they have small painted wooden pieces for 25 cents each. I picked up a handful and we’ve been using them to make up stories (this fabulous idea came from Jill at The Shafer Family): We use them in a variety of ways – sometimes one person begins with a piece and then the next person adds a piece and a bit of the story and so on. Sometimes M just wants me to make up a story with all the pieces (or Daddy, who is a master storyteller!). Sometimes we close our eyes and pick one piece out of a container and have to make up a story as we go along. We’ll also be using these for phonics sorting.
I put our pipe cleaner letters out with a pan of flour for M one morning. He spent a good 20 minutes running his fingers over the pipe cleaners and then drawing the letters in the flour. The flour is so soft and cool – I think he really enjoyed this!
Fine Motor Skills:
M sorted seashells in a tray with tongs (idea from No Time for Flashcards):
He practiced some folding skills with his new Kumon First Book of Folding:
Then we worked on more folding and taping skills to make these cute little puppets from a recent issue of High Five:
And M used a small spoon to put marbles into this tray: He LOVED this, which was a bit of a surprise to me (not sure why). The tray is from some old board game of my husband’s. I love how the clear blue marbles shine when the light hits them just right.
This sensory bin was another morning activity (planned to give me a few minutes of peace in the mornings). M had a blast with it. I put some water in a tub, and added a few drops of dish soap. I added in a whisk, a baster, a strainer, and some small scoops:
It didn’t take long for the whisk to whip up some bubbles:
Finally, I gave him a straw and he had a lot of fun blowing into the water to make very big bubbles:
One day I found M in his room with my set of small screwdrivers, taking apart flashlights and anything else he could think of. :) He is definitely a budding scientist or engineer.
For your amusement, here’s some self-portraits taken by M with my camera (I didn’t know about these until I uploaded the pics):
I’m linking this up to Preschool Corner and Weekly Wrap-Up; be sure to check them out for some great school posts!
Have a beautiful day! :)
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