Thursday, 3 July 2014

Cars, transportation, construction, and more!

Happy 4th of July my American friends! And Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely week! Ours was a bit rough given some problems with our house, and we had some food challenges we are all really looking forward to this weekend. The one thing that I really feel I accomplished though is a fun and educational tot school week! 


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


A quick note before we get started: Last week I got asked what age these activities are meant for. To be honest, I'm not sure. I make these works (Montessori term for each activity) for my son, and sometimes, I'm spot on and he loves them and gets them straight away. Other times, he's not interested or they are too advanced for him. 

I try to rethink my approach then to make it more appropriate or save it for another time. It's been working so far, and I've noticed a huge improvement in his interest in our tot school activities, as well as his development, especially his speech. 

Throughout this post, I'm going to try to explain how we approach each work to make it appropriate for my son who is 22 months old. Many can be adapted for older kids or younger ones, and I will also explain how as we go. Remember, each child is different and develops differently so what works for my son, may not be appropriate for another 22 month old! 

Psst! Don't forget to read through this post to grab your own free construction printables!


Arts and crafts 



Drawing 


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood



Tire art


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


Final product: 


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


I have to admit, I don't really like florists foam too much. It tends to get everywhere, especially with works like this. It would have been much better to do outside, had the weather been more cooperative. This photo was from the next day, when it was finally dry. I like to display the Toddler's artwork throughout the course of the week, too. 


Fun


What's different? 


The way we do this activity is that I point to each item, explain what it is and why it's different. For older children, you could present these cards with a manipulative (such as a black bean), and ask the child to put the bean on the photo that is different for each card. 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

Let's go on a car hunt


I took the Toddler out on a hunt for cars/vehicles. We live in a rural-ish area in a village in the Netherlands. What this means is that we live next to several farms, and the roads tend to be fairly busy to traffic, especially all sorts of farm vehicles, but also a lot of different cars and motorcycles. Of course, let's not forget all of the people that travel by bicycle in the traditional style! 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

When I told the Toddler that we were going outside to search for tractors, let me tell you - there were squeals of delight, laughter, and smiles. He ran to get his shoes and mine so that we could leave immediately in search of the promised tractors. Luckily, I knew that this company [photo above] tends to have at least one tractor or construction vehicle in the front. First we went there - Woohoo! Mommy's the best! 

Then, we walked around the village and looked at all of the cars, trucks, tractors, etc that passed by. I guess we picked a good time because it was very busy and I had a very happy kiddo. Every time we passed some sort of vehicle, the Toddler shouted 'Yaaayyyy! AUUUUUTTTTOOO!!' so I'm pretty sure he enjoyed it. I also got bonus points because we discovered these: 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

Let's put the car together!


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

All of these pieces can be put together to make a car! The Toddler loves taking it apart, but can't put it back together yet so we worked on that together. Lot's of fun!

Language and reading


Construction vehicle nomenclature cards


The way I use these is print off one copy of the cards that I leave as a grid. The second copy, I cut out each image with its name. The Toddler then matches the images. He's getting quite good at it, but I do try to sit with him while he does this so I can say the name of each vehicle. 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

The Toddler loves these cards and enjoys playing with them outside of 'school hours'. Then, he will bring them to me, point to them one at a time and wait for me to say the name. Then, he tries to say it, as well. Many of these are actually quite difficult words in Russian. 

This printable is available for free in both Russian and English at the bottom of this post.


First letter matching work 


The idea here is to match the first letter of the name of each construction vehicle. The names of these vehicles should be learned first using the nomenclature cards above. Because my son is younger, I simply made the Russian version with the letter and the vehicle together. I point to each letter and phonetically say it, and then say the name of each vehicle, emphasizing the first letter. He's really starting to catch on and has started to pointing to some of the letters and pronouncing them.


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

Proof that he loved this activity: He got it out during play time and started pointing to each vehicle: 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

The printable is available in English and Russian for download for free at the bottom of this post! 

Math works


I plan to make another post next week with more math works, but for now, we focused on sorting. The Toddler can do all of these on his own. I sit with him and demonstrate each activity first, and explain the difference between each item. Before he was able to do these himself, I would simply leave it at the explanation. He wasn't too interested before, and I didn't push it. Now, he chooses these works first. Plus, they're another opportunity to use our homemade tray! 

Fine motor and stop light colors sorting 


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

Car parts sorting


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

Tire sorting by size


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood



He did these like a pro! I was really shocked because up until a little while ago, he refused to sort at all, and now he is sorting items by size, color, etc as if it's no big deal! 

Practical life



Black bean sweeping 


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

Black bean pouring


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

And then, he brought in his dump truck! 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

Which just turned into loads of extra fun! 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood



Sensory bin


I haven't set up a sensory bin in a long time for the Toddler. We used to work with them frequently, but he got less interested over time so I stopped preparing them (even though I love to do so!). Given how much fun he has been having with black beans as a manipulative, I figured I'd give a sensory bin a go with black beans as a filler. And I am so glad I did!

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood

The bin contains black beans, some construction vehicles, kinex tires/wheels, a small green shovel, and some road signs from a wooden puzzle we have. The Toddler loved it so much!

He played with the bin on his little road rug. He got out each of the cars and went vrooom! with them on the road. Then, he found the rest of the wooden puzzle (I had put it on our shelves), and started to put the pieces in their proper spots. 

Construction activities for kids [Montessori inspired activities] by Welcome to Mommyhood


I left the bin out for a few days, and one of those days, the four neighbour girls came over (range in ages from 11 to 5 or so). Even the girls loved playing with it! 

Free Montessori inspired construction vehicles printables



This post may be linked up at any of these awesome parties: the Kids Learning Printables party hosted by Renae at Every Star is Different and Anastasia at Montessori Nature, Tot school linky party hosted by 1+1+1=1We love Weekends hosted by Emma at P is for PreschoolerJolanthe at Homeschool creationsHip Homeschool Hop,  the Weekly Kids Coop, Share it Saturday, and/or Montessori Mondays, the Pinning Party hosted by Sharla at the Chaos and the Clutter and Angela at the Teaching Mama.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Yuliya