Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Hands on butterfly themed learning activities

It's time for another post for the 12 months of Montessori series! I'm so excited to be sharing how we used all of our fun butterfly themed printables to create hands on activities! This month's theme is spring so be sure to visit all of the other wonderful bloggers participating in this series!

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Spring activities: Butterfly theme



We started off first with a small introduction to the seasons. I'll be sharing a more in depth look at how we explored the seasons and times of years later, but for now, here are a few works we covered. 

These beautiful seasons printables are from I Believe in Montessori, available in English and Russian. There are several materials and ways to use them. I simply wanted to give Y an overview at this point as we have only started exploring the times of the year. 

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I really like that these materials can be arranged in a circle, showing how the seasons recur. 

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The materials also come with months cards. 


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and just for fun, we worked on our spring themed number puzzles. 

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Art and practical life


Cutting strips are a fabulous way to practice patience and precision in cutting along a straight line. 

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Gluing butterflies onto paper with a paint brush. This was another work that required precision and concentration. 

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Painting wooden butterflies.

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Colouring a life cycle of a butterfly book. 

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Math


Addition strips with wooden butterflies for counting. 

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These manipulatives are such a nice way to count out the correct answer. The printables are available n our butterfly themed math bundle or separately

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Counting with number cards, wooden numbers, and wooden butterflies. We used butterfly themed number cards for this. 

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I also used our numbers cards to create addition problems for Y to solve! 


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Writing practice with a marker using printables from our Butterfly themed math bundle.

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Alternatively, the same cards can be used to set up a salt or sand tray. We created a writing practice work with a 'rice' tray, our tracing cards, and DIY sandpaper numbers.

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The presentation: 

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Life cycle


We used life cycle of a butterfly 3 part cards to introduce new vocabulary. Becayse Y cannot read yet, we omitted using the labels.  


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Anatomy of a butterfly 3 part cards.  

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Because Y cannot read yet, we only matched the photos to the control cards and practiced terminology.

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Life cycle sequencing cards. 
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Here, Y had to place the cards in order. The cards come with a key for children to check their work. Or the mat can be used to decorate your classroom. 

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Life cycle gluing cards, mat and spinner 

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Colours of butterflies cards using beautiful images of butterflies to sort by colour. These can be used as an extension to Montessori colour tablets. 


Y already knows his colours at 4.5 years old, but this is just a beautiful work with gorgeous, realistic images of butterflies. 


12 Monts of Montessori


Be sure to visit the other wonderful articles in this wonderful, year long series! 


How to Prepare a Montessori-Style Lenten Tray | Living Montessori Now Montessori Practical Life - Caring for a Plant | Happy Mama’s Hive Toddler Butterfly Theme for Spring | The Kavanaugh Report Collection of Color Learning Activities for Preschoolers | The Pinay Homeschooler Montessori-inspired Plant Activities with Free Printables | Every Star is Different Montessori Flower Arranging: Practical Life Skills (Free Printable) | Christian Montessori Network PB and J Bird Seed Ornaments | Sugar, Spice & Glitter 8 Must-try Insect Activities With Free Montessori-inspired Printables| Uno Zwei Tutu Hands on butterfly themed learning activities | Welcome to Mommyhood


More Activities 




Practical life activities: free butterfly themed cutting strips - perfect for spring by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #practicallife

Spring Activities: Butterfly themed color sorting cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #preschoolactivities, #homeschool, #springactivities, #kidsactivities, #printables, #totlabs
Montessori inspired toddler activities: spring themed prereading cards by Welcome to Mommyhood. These are beautiful cards that can be used as a matching game, memory game, or simply to show children images of springtime!  #montessori, #toddleractivities


Valentine's Day Activities for Kids: Free Flower themed 3 part cards {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #freeprintables, #valentinesdayactivities

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