16 September 2014

Montessori at home

So, guess what's back! After a long spell of no posting I thought I'd better give myself a kick up the bum and remind myself why I like to blog and what my favourite things to post about are. So of course, my montessori post's were the first thing I thought to bring back, mainly because they motivate me to actually do things with our mornings. But to ease us back in gently I thought we'd try this easy and fun task of making our own marble run/maze.

All you need is a cardboard box or shoe box lid etc (an old cereal box would do the trick!), some lolly pop sticks and some glue! We didn't really have a plan in mind of where to stick the sticks, but perhaps if we made any more a template would be a good idea, but I kind of liked making it up as we went along! 
Theo dipped the long edge into the glue and we placed it in the box together, we also broke some in half to give us different lengths. Then we left it to dry, and this requires quite a lot of patience! An hour or so later we were ready to play!

It was great to teach Theo how to use movement and control to make the marbles travel in the right way, and above all good fun! 

8 comments :

  1. This is a fantastic idea!! If I wasn't on maternity leave I'd probably pinch it to try with the kids at work. It looks so good too, with the black box and rightly coloured sticks.

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  2. love this series - and what a fab idea this is!! we'll be testing this one out for sure!

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  3. i totally want to make this for myself! i would have LOVED this when i was little!

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  4. What a great idea! I love all your Montessori at home posts. Am going to try this one.

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  5. What a brilliant idea! Although I was never very good at crafts when my kids were little I do miss that thing of being able to spend a morning just making something fun.

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  6. Oh wow how fun and cool is this craft!!! Love that these weekly posts are back - really enjoy them

    Laura x

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  7. Love this idea! Just stumbled upon your blog via Practising Simplicity [congrats on the feature!] and I'm enjoying this series. We've recently decided to home educate our son, who is nearly three, so I'm always looking for inspiration. I think we might give this a go even though I know he's a little impatient at this age. He'd much rather play hide and seek so it'll be interesting to see how I get on with planned activities/lessons. Start slowly I think is probably the advice other home edders would give me.

    Do you home educate too or are you just interested in the Montessori principles of learning? :)

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  8. @stephanie Aw thanks! Was a lovely surprise, and I love that it introduces people to new blogs!

    I don't home educate, I'm not sure I have the patience, but I do love doing practical things with Theo, I like to have a little structure to our play sometimes! He went to a montessori nursery for a while, but didn't get on too well there amongst other reasons, and we put him in a 'regulalr' preschool, but I did or do like lots of aspects of the montessori learning so wanted to carry on some at home. Whilst some (or most) of the things we do aren't strictly montessori I feel it's been really nice to supplement his learning at preschool, and perhaps do things a little differently or try new things at home. It makes me feel a little more connected and influential in his learning too!

    I really need to keep this up too as I do love doing them and sharing them! Thanks for popping by!

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