I find practical life activities impossible to leave out because my 2 year old gets into them and makes a mess so we don’t do them as often as we should. This is a cheap easy one to set up. The tray is an ice cube tray from the Dollar store. The pompoms are from there too. She’s using tweezers from Scholar’s choice that came in a large container of them, I’ve given some away. They’re easy to use for little hands. This activity helps build finger strength for writing and fine motor skills.
Pumpkin 1 LOVES this flag map from Affordable Montessori. I thought the price was really reasonable and the quality is better than expected.
I don’t even know the flags so I’ve been learning them. It’s amazing how fast you pick up something when it’s hands on like this activity. The map has a key on the back with all the flags and country names but of course you can’t check the back when you’re using it so I made a printable version.
You can download it here: flags
Have I said how much I love Discovery Toys? Oh, I did? Haha, they’re just so wonderful. I love toys that engage and challenge my children, that teach them math, reading, logic, reasoning, prediction, memory, and so many other skills plus they have a life-time guarantee so I don’t have to worry about anything breaking. We incorporate many of the Discovery Toys into our homeschool activities.
Today Pumpkin 1 was really engaged in making patterns with the Boomerings. These are so great, they can be used from infancy right on up until childhood. They’re really strong and durable and there’s an activity set that comes with different activity cards for matching, patterning or math. Putting them together also is great for her fine motor skills and strengthening her fingers.
You can even use them for dress-up! Princess Pumpkin!