Saturday 2 April 2011


Montessori Activity: Straining Letters/Sigte Alfabeter/滤字母 [lǜ zì mǔ]

Age: From 2 years old.

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes


1. To train hand-eye coordination skill
2. To teach language skills.


1. 1 medium basin half-filled with water
2. 4 sets of small case alphabets each “a” to “d”
3. 4 identical containers
4. 1 mini strainer (I use the Chinese steamboat ladle with holes)
5. 1 small towel (to wipe dry the tray)
6. 1 tray


1. Demonstrate to your child by sorting one set of the alphabets from a to e each of the small containers.

2. Demonstrate to your child by straining the alphabets from the basin with water into the container.

3. As you go along, recite the sound of the alphabet.

4. Pour the alphabets back into the basin.

5. Encourage your child to try to sort the other 3 sets of the alphabets “a” to “d” by placing each of letters after straining them from the basin into the correct container allocated for the particular letter.

6. Pour back all the alphabets into the bid bowl and repeat.


Alphabet magnets: 27.04 GBP (55 SGD) (I believe you can get these much cheaper in Singapore).

Additional Information:

This is part of my lesson plan for next Saturday "Fun with English Class for Toddlers". I can't wait to try it out on J and A!!!

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