I stayed after school just a little later than usual today because I was setting up this super cute, object/picture matching lesson. It's sort of a hybrid of ideas. The first idea came from Laura at My Montessori Journey. During circle time this week, I've been building a jack-o-lantern out of felt on the felt-board and singing (to the tune of "The more we get together..."):
once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
with no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth.
once I had a pumpkin with no face at all!
so, I made a jack-o-lantern, a jack-o-lantern, a jack-o-lantern,
so I made a jack-o-lantern with a big, funny face.
with big eyes and a big nose and a big mouth with big teeth.
so I made a jack-o-lantern with a big, funny face!
Anyway, I don't teach tomorrow, so I feel sort of like a fairy godmother... my little students are going to be so delighted and surprised when they discover this darling lesson tucked under their beloved felt-board in the morning! :)
The second part of my idea is from KidsSoup. I cut the pumpkin shapes out of orange construction paper, and then I glued them onto white paper (3" x 3" squares). I drew on their stems and jack-o-lantern faces with green and black markers. Finally, I laminated the whole works and cut the individual cards out (this is the "picture" part).
Next, I cut corresponding shapes (the "object" part) out of orange, green, and black felt. Here's a photo of how I set everything up on the tray.
This is how I would present the lesson to the child. I would set out all the possible mouths, noses, and eyes next to the felt pumpkin. Then, I would select a picture card and create a matching felt jack-o-lantern face.