Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bead and button colour sorting

Freddy (27 months) is still all about colours and there can never be too many colour sorting activities to do.  He is also starting to really develop an interest in little things and small details which I try to take into account with most of our activities.
This is a very simple game for him to put the right colour beads onto the matching buttons but it seems to really appeal to hm at the moment.
Having just said all of this I should add that although he is still keen to do these activities now and then I have noticed a definite shift in focus towards painting and creativity as opposed to these pre arranged works.  In particular he is completely obsessed with jumping off things, using his scooter and painting with his feet.

Has anyone else experienced this at around the 2.5yr age?

7 comments:

  1. The two and a half year olds that I worked with in the classroom setting mostly liked to get a hold of everything they could and handle it. They required a ton of attention from the people around them but with a little bit of time they figured out what items were fit for them (by way of the other children and adults in the classroom redirecting away them from simply making messes with advanced works and redirecting them to works that were age appropriate). Each child was different but the Montessori ciriculum had several age appropriate works within each area. Like for the Practical Life area there was all levels of pouring and spooning, rarely did I see a child that age going for the dressing frames or folding cloths. In the language area there are the plastic figures of animals, vehicles, food (so on) to build the child's nomenclature (this was an activity that an adult had to participate with though so it was optimal to have several children participate to get the most bang for your buck (optimizing the adult to child ratio). In sensorial there are the rough and smooth boards or color tablets. Dressing and toilet learning were a work that I've seen 2.5 year olds participate with. Mostly they just love to get their wiggles out so if I were to do a matching game with color tablets with them or a nomenclature "test" so to speak I would sit at a child's table with one half of the match and ask them to go find the other one from across the room. One by one their eyes light up as they go fetch the match. The balance beam is great for a very wiggly child to use when in between outdoor time. I am prepared to be very envious (and impressed) if I see one of those balance beams in one of your future posts. :)

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  2. Wow Charissa!!
    I read your reply then I ran into the living room to tell my husband - then we both starting planning the balance beam! It's going to be perfect for Freddy I'm sure.
    The idea of running across the room to match things really is a good one and I'll be trying it tomorrow.
    Thank you so much and please consider doing a guest post here!
    x

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    1. I am so honored and yes, I'll give a guest post a try, I've never done one before, I'm a little intimidated by the idea really. I have worked in Montessori classrooms for only 2 years but loved working with the kids and learning the materials and how to implement them. Thank you for the e-mail, sorry for my delayed response. The kids keep me on my toes and as you can tell by my blog (and the cyber dust accumulating there) I haven't been on the computer as much lately. I've figured out how to get Facebook on my phone but that's about it. I really would like to blog from my phone (when at home I'm nursing Walter) but I'm not sure that my phone is capable.

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  3. I hit reply to suggest colour matching and something active but see I was beaten too it! One idea to combine both is giving or telling a colour and riding scooter to that colour's (homemade in/outdoor)road sign/spot, pick up a bead from there and return to place it on that colour of button

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  4. Thank you so much! I just know that anything involving the scooter will be really popular with him. You are both (you and Charrisa) now my resident experts!

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    1. ha ha I can see that'll be the next blog buttons doing the rounds "resident expert at....!"

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