Saturday, 14 May 2011

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Montessori Activity: Sorting Stones & Beans




Adapted from the book Montessori Play & Learn by Lesley Britton

Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Objective(s):
1. To train the child’s fine motor skills.
2. To teach concept of different sizes - small, medium and large.
3. To stimulate the child's brain development during the sensitive period through touch.

Materials:
1. 1 large bowl containing the big stones, small stones and beans (I use soy beans here)
2. 1 large bowl for the big stones
3. 2 small bowls for the smaller stones and beans
4. 1 tray (optional)

Directions:
1. Sort one set of the stones and beans into each of the bowls.

2. As you go along, say the size of the stones.

3. Encourage your child to try to sort the other 4 sets of the beans by putting each of them into the correct container/bowl allocated for that bean.

4. Pour back all the beans into the big container and repeat.

Tips:

Once your child is familiar with this game, you can use a blind fold and ask him to sort the stones and beans by feeling them.

Additional Information:

J (2Y2M8D) tried this yesterday evening and really had a lot of fun with it. He asked to do it again and again, and we spent 15 minutes on the game.

References:
Montessori Play  & Learn by Lesley Britton

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