I already feel like winter is looming and it’s only June. That ominous, “Winter is Coming”. I know the next few months will fly by and I want my kids to soak up as much of beauty and nature and sun and warmth they can. Official school activities are not priority right now, gross motor play is. We recently started going to a new park the kids love. No one is there during the day yet so my kids have the park to themselves. The other parks we go to are frustrating because a school or daycare will show up with 30-40 kids and just take over the place and my shy kids fell overwhelmed or they’re older kids who are too rough and use bad words and so we leave. Anyway, we’re trying to do school outside as often as we can. Here are some more ideas for bringing Montessori out into the sunshine.
This DIY spindle box is so simple. The container is from the Dollar Store. It’s a tackle or hardware box. I use these a lot for storing things. And popsicle sticks, also available at the Dollar Store. Often I change up the “spindles” for other things – straws, sticks, counting bugs, etc…
In fact you can use nature for counting. These are pine cones the kids collected. The numbers are regular magnetic ones.
Toobs are great to bring outside or any other small plastic animals. This is Vertebrate and Invertebrate sorting.
We recently got a Backyard Birds Toob from Michael’s. We already had the bird book. The kids like to find the birds in the book. They also are painting pictures of the birds to make their own bird book.
This is a sight word game from Amazon. It’s a way to make learning sight words more fun.
This is so simple to do but it takes dexterity for the kids. They have to remember to weave in and out. It was too hard for Pumpkin 2 and a challenge for Pumpkin 1. The tidy part you see was me showing her how. It’s really great for crossing the midline and spacial reasoning.
We tried out a ball run with cut pool noodles and Boomerings (and you thought Boomerings were a baby toy). The balls kept getting lost in the cut grass so then we did water.
Next we’re going to try building something with trough. I need to get some more Boomerings though. They’re super strong and sturdy.
I have lots more ideas in my head for outdoor learning I can’t wait to share with you.
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