Thursday, 10 March 2011

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Montessori Activity: Pouring Beans/Hælde Bønner/倒豆豆 [dào dòu dòu]



Age: From 1.5 years old

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Objective(s):

1. To train the child’s fine motor skills - also pincer grip when picking up spilled beans.
2. To teach counting.
3. To teach the concept of empty and full.

Materials:

1. 2 cups (preferably identical)

2. Dried red beans or any other beans filled in one of the cup (I use dried black beans here).

3. 1 Tray (optional, I use the Lego lid as tray)

Directions:
1. Demonstrate to your child by pouring beans from the jug on right hand side into the jug on the left hand side.

2. Encourage and let your child try it.

Special Warning:

1. Supervise closely with the dried beans and don’t start with a toddler who is still mouthing. Remove and store away immediately after activity.

Total Cost: plastic cups very cheaply from IKEA.

Additional Information:

Usually you start with this activity before proceeding to pouring water, as it is easier than pouring water. J is very good in pouring water, when I tried it yesterday for the first time. Thus, in a way, he does not need to do this activity, except for the fun of it. I wish I have started this earlier for him, but better late than never.

While playing this game this morning, I discovered the Mandarin words that he now knows, "hai you, mei you le, hai yao, etc." meaning there is more there, no more already, all empty, I still want to play. While counting the spilled beans, Joshua counted them by himself, "yi, er, san, si" meaning one, two, three, four beans. But he stopped there. Thus, it gave me clue that my next Mandarin lesson will concentrate on the number 4 and 5 :-)

References:

http://montessorihelper.com/montessori-bean-pouring-lesson-activity/

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