We’ve been doing a unit on Land, Air and Water. I incorporated many different materials and the kids loved it.
I showed them the Sandpaper globe and talked about how the earth is made up of land and water. Children love feeling the roughness of the Sandpaper globe. Then I got a few Land form trays out and filled them with coloured water. We talked about land versus water and traced the shoreline with our fingers. Then the kids played with some small boats and cars.
I downloaded these Land, Air, Water sorting cards from Montessori Print Shop. In a group we’d sort them under the headings. The 2 year olds had a little trouble with things that go on the land. The 3 year olds had no problem at all.
And you can’t leave out the sensory play. I purchased something I’ve had my eye on for a long long time – Kinetic Sand. This stuff is awesome. You can see a video of it here. I put in some cars and trees and animals.
Another day we played with water and ocean animals and vehicles that go in the water. One child was playing in the water up to her arm pits lol.
This can later be incorporated into learning about land forms or about how plants grow.