I never knew about Montessori schools growing up. However, I think I very much would’ve liked to attend one. So I’ve decided that preschooling will be inspired by Montessori style teaching.
In my searching on Pinterest I have found many fun things to do with Aaron this year. For example, have you ever heard of Invitations to Play? I hadn’t. You basically put out a collection of items for your child to play with & see what they come up with. No telling them what to do or how they should put certain things together. Just let them create for a set amount of time. How fun! We did that today. 🙂
I apologize in advance. When I went to use my camera I discovered it’s drained battery. All of the following photos were taken with my phone. (Warning: there are a lot of photos!)
I had originally run across this Pin with the ocean themed sensory tray. That lead me to coloring the blue rice using the directions from this Pin. So I started him off with colored rice, plastic aquatic Itsy Bitsies (they were cheaper at Joanns), flat blue marbles (99 cents @ Walmart), Bananagrams, measuring spoons, a couple of containers, & a baking pan. (There were some rocks & sticks buried in the ocean of rice that we forgot about until we dumped it out.) 🙂
All in all, great fun was had. Surprisingly, I only had to sweep up about 2 Tablespoons worth of rice when we were finished! It was totally worth it.
So, have you tried an Invitation to Play with your Toddler?
Linking up to Living Now Montessori.