I couldn’t get the wooden pattern blocks I saw on a particular blog shop (they were sold out), so instead, I cut up pieces of construction paper into various shapes and sizes for Hannah to play. Before we got started, I introduced each shape and showed Hannah how to piece them. Then I let her little fingers do the piecing. It was interesting to see that Hannah was trying to be me. As she too tried to introduce the shapes to me, then say the same thing as I did while piecing the shapes together to form a house. I’m hearing a little me talking!
This idea came about when I was reading “How to raise an amazing child the Montessori way” by Tim Seldin. The idea was to refine her auditory sense while she discriminate the sounds.
Firstly, I chose four identical cups. Two of the cups had a $1 coin (which was heavier so it produced a lower pitch sound), while the other two had smaller coins like, a 10 cents. These produce a higher pitch sound. Then I wrapped the top with aluminum foil and used rubber bands to seal it (so that it’s easier to remove later on).
Next, I showed Hannah how to hold the cups with her fingertips and thumb (so that she’s lightly holding the cups). Then, I told Hannah to shake the cups and match two cups that sounded the same together. There were times when she was impatient and tried to shake two containers at the same time. I explained that she wouldn’t be able to hear the distinction if both were shaken at the same time.
After she made her choices, we opened the foil tops to see if her answers were correct. We talked about which cups gave a lower/higher pitch because of its weight and size.
This is a similar approach to the Mystery Bag. Initially it was intended to be a Mystery Bag game but our little girl wouldn’t want to put her hands into the bag so I improvised by using a blanket.
I took some items found around the house and had Hannah put her hands under the blanket and guess what it was. While she was guessing, I posed questions like, “Is it soft or hard?”, “What shape is it?”, or “Is it rough or smooth?”.
The items used were an orange, a paper clip, a clothes peg, a button, a bottle cap, cotton wool, a thimble, and an ice-cube.
For more Montessori activities, you could check out the following websites. I found much inspiration and ideas from them!