Tuesday 15 March 2011


Montessori Activity: Sorting Beans/ Bønnersortering/豆豆分类 [dòu dòu fēn lèi]

Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 10-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

1. To train the child’s fine motor skills.
2. To teach colours.
3. To teach the names of different beans.

1. 1 medium container containing 5 types of beans 10 each, preferably of medium size (I use soybean, great northern beans, pinto beans, kidney beans and black beans)
2. 5 small containers or bowls of identical colour and size.
3. 1 tray

1. Demonstrate to your child by sorting one set of the beans into each of the small container first.

2. As you go along, recite the name of the colour of the bean (or the name of the bean for variation).

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.

Additional Information:
J (24M10D) tried it today. He was enjoying it initially and we could clearly see that he could sort the beans rather easily. However, I realized that I made the mistake of giving him too many beans, and he got impatient and tired of sorting them after a while… aarrggh! He started pouring all the beans into one container instead!!! We all learned from mistakes, and by putting it down here, I hope it prevents you from making the same mistake as me. I am wiser now. Next time, I will just put in 10 of every bean :-)

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