Welcome to Montessori Mondays!
Are you looking for some cheap, fun, and easy activities that support learning for your child?
You’ve come to the right place. Every week I’m sharing Montessori based activities that you can create and share with your children.
Check out my first post here for an explanation of why Montessori works.
-Green Play Dough: Purchased at Michael’s. You could also make your own play dough here.
-Presents: Purchased at the Dollar Tree, because you can’t have a Christmas tree without presents right?
-Jewels: Purchased at Walmart. The Dollar Tree will also have these occasionally.
-Accent gems: Purchased at Michael’s. The Dollar Tree also has these in clear, green, blue, etc. I like these because they are an assortment of different colors instead of just one color.
-Paper Mache Cone: Purchased at Michael’s. What I like about using this for the base of the tree is that play dough sticks easily to it and comes off without a hitch. A tip to keeping this cone stable is putting play dough on the inside.
-Toothpicks: These are used for texture. The sky is the limit for materials you can use to add texture to the tree.
-Bead Garland: No idea where I purchased this from, but I’m fairly certain the dollar tree has some at their store. I cut a small piece that would fit around this little tree.
Once your materials are purchased, you can arrange them in a dip tray (Dollar Tree). Also have some kind of tray for the tree to be decorated.
Before letting your child partake in decorating this tree, add play dough to the inside of the cone for stability.
Now your child can start decorating with the green play dough. They can put it on the cone piece by piece, or they could pat it into a flat piece and wrap it around the cone.
Here it is! Now they can use toothpicks to add texture to their tree. My daughter wanted no part of this because she was so excited to use the jewels!
Garland goes on first.
Next comes the jewels and gems. My daughter decided to try the texturizing after placing the ornaments on the tree, which just made everything fall off. Silly girl.
Lastly the star jewel goes on the top.
Below are links to my other activities:
Go check them out and tell me what you think!