Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Our Montessori Spring:insect magnifying glass cards

With spring in full swing, we are enjoying studying all sorts of interesting topics pertaining to nature and the outdoors! We are so excited to spend more time outside in nature. 

Y has been loving working on our garden - although sadly due to construction work, we have only been busy in the front yard because the back yard is still filled with construction materials and work on our extension. 

Nonetheless, we have been getting out as much as possible until Y got the chicken pox! To distract him, I created a fun nature themed exploration to distract him from what he calls his 'bumps'. These fun cards can be used in so many ways to explore insects - a fun, spring theme! 

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Our Montessori Spring: Insect Magnifying glass cards


Age: 2 

Why

These beautiful cards can be used for multiple purposes. You can use them to introduce children to insects. These cards feature beautiful, realistic images of various insects. 

A very fun extension that we love with works like this is simply to present the small cards with a magnifying glass. This allows children to really explore the details on the cards and think about what it is that they are seeing. 

Young children love to study details! They find small objects fascinating. The use of a magnifying glass can be a lovely addition to a study of insects. You can also take the magnifying glass outside to explore real insects!  

To add a fun aspect other than just exploring the insects themselves, there are two of each card - one small and one large. You can present these cards as a size sorting work where the children sort the cards based on large or small insects. 

Sorting is a very important math skill that children need to understand before being able to count. By sorting items that belong together, they are developing logic skills and premath skills! 


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How

There are several ways you can use these cards! 

Option 1: Present the cards with a magnifying glass. Let the child explore both the small and large cards. These cards can be used in this way to introduce children to insects.  

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Don't forget to get outside with your magnifying glass and search for real insects! Just be sure that it's not too sunny so we don't burn the insects.

Option 2: Present the cards as a matching work. Ask the child to match the small images to the large images. 


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Option 3: Use the cards as a sorting work. Ask children to sort the cards by size - large vs small. 


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Get your set!


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Includes
  • 2 size label cards
  • 14 large realistic insect cards
  • 14 small realistic insect cards


Some supplies that may help


These items may be useful to setting up these activities! You can click on the photos for more details! 



This article is part of 4 part series 




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