Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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Montessori Activity: Fruit-Themed Jigsaw Puzzle in a Mystery Bag



Age: From 1 year old

Activity Duration: 5 - 10 minutes

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Objective(s): 

1. To provide an interesting way to present a jigsaw puzzle to an older baby/younger toddler.

Materials: 
1. 1 drawstring bag

2. 1 simple jigsaw puzzle with knob

3. 1 tray (optional)

Directions: 
1. Place all the jigsaw puzzle pieces into the bag.

2. Take out a piece of the puzzle from the bag.

3. Show your child how to examine the puzzle, tracing its shape, etc., making it a seonsorial experience

4. Show your child how place it in its slot.

5. Invite your child to try with the other pieces by taking one-by-one out from the bag.

Additional Information:
I read from many inspiring stories of how some mothers defying doctor's prognosis about their child's impaired intelligence and diligently play jigsaw puzzles with the babies/toddlers with down syndrome, and actually brought results. Reading stories about such mothers touched my heart and brought me to tears. It encouraged me to press on in the work of child development, which is my passion.

Baby FECS has normal intelligence, but I wanted to still try to start introducing jigsaw puzzle to her.

Actually introducing jigsaw puzzle to a baby/toddler is a challenge. Before I could place the puzzle in front of her and present to her how to play with it, she had already took the pieces apart, which is also fine as it is part of play. But I am just wondering how I could show her the purpose of jigsaw puzzle, how to put it together in a systematic way, before she starts taking them apart.

Next I thought of this idea. First I will take the puzzle pieces apart and put them into the mystery bag. Then I will invite her to take out a piece at a time, examine it, touching and tracing the shape before putting it together in its slot.

I am excited whether my idea will work, and looking forward to trying out this idea with Baby FECS.

I am trying to start to play jigsaw puzzle with Baby FECS.

 1. Place all the jigsaw puzzle pieces into the bag.

 2. Take out a piece of the puzzle from the bag.

3. Show your child how to examine the puzzle, tracing its shape, etc.,making it a seonsorial experience

4. Show your child how place it in its slot.

5. Invite your child to try with the other pieces by taking one-by-one out from the bag.


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