A useful paper basket tutorial that's perfect for May Day or Easter- print out the template and cut from a recycled box. Children can fold, paint, and decorate into a lovely keepsake that can help get your space organized or be given as gifts! This template is on four pages to make a large size, but you can print at smaller sizes.
Did you know #6 plastic can be used instead of 'shrinky dinks' plastic? Check the recycling logo on the bottom of your containers for a fun recycling project that can be made into almost anything!
Instead of a diorama, recycle a plastic 2L bottle and create a cloche! Great for displaying arts and crafts, or holiday decor, like these tissue ghosts for Halloween!
Introducing Math Language in the Montessori Homeschool Environment: Using mathematical language helps your child internalize difficult, abstract concepts that will be useful throughout her life.
A styrofoam ball with cotton swabs cut in half pushed into it can be a great activity! Children will love painting or coloring the cotton swabs, and these can become almost anything. New Years or Fourth Of July fireworks, summertime dandelion puffs, flowers for Mom, or Dr. Seuss inspired classroom decor... What will your students create?
A tutorial for creating a stunning wooden solar system and free matching printable cards. Using birch knobs of differing sizes (they are flat on one side) and hand paint them for an incredibly beautiful Montessori science activity.
Creating a recycling area is a fun art project, and also a Practical Life activity. Bring recycling and environmental stewardship into the classroom in a way that children can see a positive difference their actions make.
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Graph paper may seem boring, but it's the perfect way to combine math and art! Patterns, drawing in small spaces, coloring in the lines- children can explore many ways to use the interesting spaces created by intersecting lines. Includes a link to free printable, customizable graph paper.
Children can create beautiful silhouettes with cut out shapes from magazines, or create their own! Lay the cut out on a piece of paper (or use a small bit of gluestick to prevent movement) Paint over the shape with watercolors, rub with crayons, or smudge with pastels- when the cut out is removed, a beautiful silhouette remains. A great art project for animal studies or for learning about shadows and light!
Movement and spatial awareness are important parts of Montessori learning. Sometimes students (especially boys) can be fidgety- instead of forcing them to get back to work, help redirect and refocus their energy into kinesthetic learning with these tips.
Montessori Adolescent Programs: The Erdkinder: learn more about Montessori's views on helping older children and teens learn more about becoming "children of the Earth."
At first glance, this may not look like a Montessori activity, but it certainly is! Hammering nails into a stump is a Practical Life activity that teaches an important skill with a number of other excellent benefits: responsibility and caution, comfort around tools, hand eye coordination, and both gross and fine motor movement development. It's also an excellent tool for helping redirect restless or disruptive behavior positively.
Free Montessori nomenclature printables for matching adult and baby animal names, compliments of the North American Montessori Center!
A recipe for easy, non toxic modeling dough, and some free printables for creating 'carved' art and sculpture gardens!