I made a few more Valentine activities for Maddie to go along with her sensory box activity.
I'm so glad we'll have a few things to keep us busy while we huddle inside out of the cold weather!
First, we made little "flower arrangements"
It's still a little tricky for Maddie to get the pipe cleaners into the shaker, but we'll keep working on it. She just likes to bend the pipe cleaners!
Next, I made "sound boxes"
I found these heart containers at the dollar spot at Target. I tried to put things that would sound different when shook.
I hot glued them together...
and marked the correct pair on the bottom.
Maddie shake, shake, shakes!!
and tries to find the match.
This is another activity that is probably a little too advanced for her right now. She just likes to shake, shake, shake!!
I'm a little torn as to whether I should continue to introduce these things I know are a challenge or wait until she can master them. A lot of Montessori things I read says to put the activity away until they can use the materials correctly. I kind of disagree.
We keep things light-hearted and playful around here and when she shakes the "sound boxes" she's learning, even if she doesn't understand matching yet.
I think what Montessori was referring to was probably respecting materials and using them properly.
Anyone have any insights on this?