Today was such a beautiful, cold and sunny day, it was the perfect day for a very calming and peaceful activity. I came across this lovely basil plant seeds kit when I was pregnant with Victoire and never opened it. The kit advertises “for children aged 6 to 12″ but I figured Sixtine would be able to use it with some supervision.
She showed a lot of interest, patience and concentration, and I really enjoyed painting those rocks with her. It was a really sweet moment. I just love observing her working. She is so meticulous and gracious!
She will be in charge of watering the plant everyday and I am excited to see her reaction to a nice and tall plant!
Come on and visit us over at How We Montessori, as we are featured today as an International Montessori Family. Kylie and her family have been a wonderful resource for our family and we are very honored! Have a lovely week! Deb
Victoire is in a sensitive period for in an out activities. I provided her with a few materials to practice refined hand movements.
- A mason jar glass and a silk scarf from Beneath the Rowan Tree. The scarf is presented inside the jar on a low shelf.
- A Montessori Object Permanence Box with Tray and Ball
- An Egg and a Cup from mjolkig
- Single Shaped Puzzle – Square – available here
You can also make your own material. I don’t have a picture but I presented this activity to Victoire, you only need jumbo pom poms and a kitchen roll tube.
Happy Sunday! Deb
These adorable bunny crayons are so easy to make and so much fun to color with!
How to: Preheat to 275. Peel crayons. Break them up if needed. Place them in silicone mold of choice. Fill them to the top (it will make your crayons sturdier and prevent breakage). Bake them for about 13 minutes on a baking sheet. Let cool for 25 minutes at room temperature, and finally put them in the freezer for 10 minutes.
(Full disclosure: Sixtine usually loves peeling her crayons but we had issues with some of them. If this happens to you, arm yourself with patience!
This is Sixtine’s updated care of self area. It is located in the bathroom, by the sink. Sixtine absolutely loves washing her hands – I don’t know many children who don’t – but she is pretty excited by the water pouring exercise! My little demoiselle loves her new jug! She still needs some guidance (open tap/ close tap / pour water / soap hands …) but I am thinking that she should be able to do it completely unassisted relatively soon.
Would love to see your care of self areas if you have one! I have a friend who has a cut up plastic bottle on her tap which makes it more accessible for her toddler to wash her hands by herself! It is genius! I also know a little boy who has his own sink.
How does hand washing work in your family?
I used the same recipe as the no salt rose scented play dough and the smell was really nice. Her attention span is steadily growing and she is showing more and more interest in using play dough for play, especially with small parts. We have been getting storms after storms and this is an activity that doesn’t require much preparation!
Peeling an egg is another simple practical life activity that Sixtine had the pleasure to engage in yesterday. It requires concentration, meticulousness and patience!
The Imagination Tree has a lovely Homemade Edible Paint Recipe that I had been wanting to try for quite a while! Today’s stormy weather was the perfect opportunity to try it out!
Here is the recipe!
- 2 cups of corn flour / corn starch
- 1 cup of cold water
- 4.5 cup of boiling water
- food coloring
- Mix corn starch and cold water together, stir.
- Gradually add boiling water, cup after cup.
- Pour into pan and stir over medium heat until desired consistency.
- Divide into jars, add food coloring, stir, serve!
Oh what fun we had! It was a very enjoyable experience for the girls – I especially loved seeing Victoire observing her hands and what was on them. She did give it a little lick but wasn’t interested to try it further (there is not much taste to it). Sixtine enjoyed covering her sister’s back with green paint and we ended up having a little paint party fight!
Someone was very excited this morning at the sight of a tray filled with purple water! Sixtine really enjoys water work and the sponge really added something to it. Sponging, squeezing, and repeating the process proved to require concentration and coordination. The tray was quick to set up and Victoire enjoyed observing her sister at work!