This was the first Montessori inspired activity I ever made. I presented it to my now 4 year old daughter when she was a toddler and she absolutely loved it. The large ladle was easy for her to manipulate successfully and the marbles were very attractive to her. She always completed this activity several times before putting it away and it was a favourite for some time. The marbles came from a $2.00 shop, the ladle from my kitchen junk drawer and the tray and wooden bowls from a Good Sammies recycled clothing shop. All up it probably cost me $5.00 and all the materials can be re-combined and used again with other activities. I would usually present it with the marbles in the left hand bowl to encourage left to right directionality in preparation for reading and writing.
The child uses the scoop provided to transfer the marbles from one bowl to the other and back again. Materials are replaced as they were found before returning the activity to the shelf.
Fine motor development
Control of ladle
EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS:
Large marbles or alternative material to transfer
2 wooden bowls or alternative containers
Filed under: Workjobs & Montessori activities for highchair, mat or table time(mathematics, language, practical life & others) | Tagged: concentration, fine motor skills, homeschooling, montessori, practical life, toddler, transfer, tray activity, workjob |