Today ends our takeover of the Guidepost Parent’s Instagram, where we’ve been celebrating Montessori learning all week. I couldn’t end without hitting upon one of the cornerstones of Montessori education – practical life skills.
Here are 5 simple ideas to help your child practice life skills this winter. None of them take more than 5 minutes of prep, and they each require minimal supplies…
For these practical skill winter activities you’ll need:
- Wooden Trays
- Bowls, pitchers, spoons and a towel
- Collected nature items
- Ice and salt
- Pom-poms, pipe cleaners and bells
- Baking soda
- A small brush or similar
Arrangement #1: A “Winter Soup” set up is a wonderful way for kids to practice practical kitchen skills like pouring, using utensils, and cleaning up.
Arrangement #2: A bowl of ice accompanied by a pitcher of warm water, mortar of salt, and small spoon initiates the transfer of materials and the use of utensils, as well as being a mini-science experiment to boot!
Arrangement #3: Pushing pom-poms into pinecones, then taking them out with tweezers is great for fine motor skill development and utensil practice.
Arrangement #4: A tray of pipe cleaners and bells presents the opportunity to do some threading and snowflake-building.
Arrangement #5: Cover a printed sheet of animal tacks with some baking soda snow. A small brush can be used to sweep away the snow and uncover each line of tracks. This is wonderful sweeping, brushing and fine motor skill practice as well as the perfect opportunity to learn about winter animals and their tracks!