Discover a few fun and easy ways to help your child develop and practice basic life skills this winter.
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Discover: Montessori Practical Skill Winter Activities

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 winter practical skill activity trays you’ll need:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Wooden Trays
  • Bowls, pitchers, spoons and a towel
  • Collected nature items
  • Ice and salt
  • Pom-poms, pipe cleaners and bells
  • Tweezers
  • Baking soda
  • A small brush or similar
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Arrangement #1: Winter Soup

A “Winter Soup” set up is a wonderful way for kids to practice practical kitchen skills like pouring, using utensils, and cleaning up.

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Arrangement #2: Mini Ice Melt

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!

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Arrangement #3: Pom-cones

Pushing pom-poms into pinecones, then taking them out with tweezers is great for fine motor skill development and utensil practice.

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Arrangement #4: Snowflake Build

A tray of pipe cleaners and bells presents the opportunity to do some threading and snowflake-building.

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Arrangement #5: Snowy Tracks

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!

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Five winter-themed Montessori trays to help your child develop and practice basic life skills this season. | via barley & birch
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Five winter-themed Montessori trays to help your child develop and practice basic life skills this season. | via barley & birch
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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