Thursday, 9 October 2014

Grains, pasta, beans and more! Free printables!

I realised recently that Mr. Toddler doesn't distinguish between different kinds of pastas, grains, etc. Everything is lumped together as 'pasteeeee'. So I decided to make some 3 part cards containing all sorts of dried foods to teach him the proper names. 

I even learned that there is a ridiculously large variety of types of pasta. I limited the cards to those which are most commonly sold in my area, mainly so I could take the photos myself. That's actually one of the things I'm most excited about these cards - most of the photos, I actually took myself! 

Let's get talking about the works, shall we? Here's our dried foods mini unit:

Psst! All of the printables you see in this post are available to download for free  in English and Russian at the end of this post! 


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Matching cards 


I presented most of the cards in groups: the pastas, the beans, etc separately. Mr. Toddler just turned two last month. When I present more than a small group of cards at one time, he loses interest. 

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Matching to real items


One of Mr. Toddler's favourite works was matching the cards to real items. Or perhaps it was the inevitable practical life work that follows when he starts pouring, spooning, and pouring some more. 

Here is how I presented this work (part I):

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This particular work contains only 3 pasta cards.  

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I essentially gave a 3 part lesson, which was over in just about five minutes. Mr. Toddler breezed through it happily. I demonstrated how to match the pastas, and Mr. Toddler did so after me.

Eventually this turned into a pouring, spooning, and scooping work: 

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I sat and watched at silently at first, but Mr. Toddler was quite interested in doing this work with me. And yes, he's still in his bathrobe when we did this. He saw I had set it up while he was sleeping and was too excited to wait for breakfast and getting dressed to start school! 

Eventually, he wanted me to join in and handed me his spoon. I started counting my scoops as I poured the pastas into each bowl. Mr. Toddler joined in, and we added some math. 

After he was finished with the practical life aspect of this work, I turned it into a sorting work: 

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I asked Mr. Toddler to separate the pastas into the bowls below each of the cards. By this time, he was definitely hungry and we needed to get to breakfast. 

Free printables: 

Grains, pastas, rice [dried foods] 3 part cards English
Grains, pastas, rice [dried foods] 3 part cards Russian

For more toddler activities, please be sure to visit my toddler activities page! For even more inspiration, be sure to checkout my tot school pinterest board. Let's stay connected! Don't forget to visit Welcome to Mommyhood's new facebook page!

Today, I am linking up at:   We love WeekendsJolanthe at Homeschool creationsThe KLP linky party hosted by Every star is different and Montessori NatureMontessori MondaysThe Weekly Kids Coop, and the Tot school Gathering Place hosted by Carisa at 1+1+1=1!


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Yuliya