Friday, October 16, 2009

two variations...

of two favorite lessons:

The children arrived at school and discovered
that their snipping paper
{strips of colored copy paper - some with lines, some without}
had been replaced by paint color swatches!
{donated to the school by an interior decorating mama}

Their sponge squeezing bowls
{two ceramic cereal bowls}
had been replaced by abalone shells!

The children were pleased to discover that
paint swatch strips are really fun to cut.
{The paper is nice and thick, and it makes a satisfying sound as it's cut.}
Right now the children are just cutting snips to cut snips.
{I plan on adding the option of glue and paper later on,
so they can use the snips for mosaics.}

The children quickly realized that the abalone shells are a little wobbly,
so they have been extra careful with their sponge squeezing.
{The nooks and crannies of the shells and their beautiful iridescence
have made up for any spills the children have had to wipe up!}


  1. I love your blog! I've been lurking for a few weeks now and have read almost all of your posts. I'm a mom of 4 and now work in a preschool class. You are so inspiring! Thank you!

  2. There is so much you can do with paint swatches!
    We've done memory games, color matching games, math activities, and now I'll add this one to my collection.
    Thank you!

  3. I know that you have probably been asked this so many times and I just being blind, but was wondering how old the children in your class are? Coming from the UK I get a bit confused with the different grades and the ages.
    ps I love the blog I'll be making the pumpkin matching activity tomorrow ready for monday!

  4. how about a group mosaic, like Laura did (a raibow) at My Montessori Journey?

    ohhhhhhhhhh the shells are so pretty :)

  5. The shells filled with water are beautiful - what a super idea! And I love the idea of cutting the paint sample strips and using them for a collage - I will be using this idea for sure - thank you!

  6. Your blog makes me smile lady! You rock. I really like your book list on the sidebar too. great post.


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