Saturday, January 23, 2010

busy hands

using tongs to transfer "ice cubes"
between a bowl & an ice tray

bead work
A brief description of bead work:
The child arranges the tiny beads on a peg board shape.
{Some children just fill the board,
and others select certain colors to make patterns.}
When the board is full, a teacher irons it -
the beads melt together, holding the shape.

I can't emphasize enough how much the children LOVE this work!
Check beads and peg boards out here.

using a screwdriver
to screw bolts into a board
Check the slotted bolt board out here.
{I'm sure you handy types could easily make a homemade version!}

tower built with The Pink Tower & The Broad Stair
{No extension cards were used in its construction!}

balancing marbles on top of golf tees
{idea courtesy of the lovely Pink & Green Mama
and Jo A Bit of This and A Bit of That}

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend!
It's been snowing here!
{Yee haw!!!}


  1. I love the balancing marbles on golf tees!
    I will have to put out this work soon!
    Thanks for the lovely posts, you always inspire!

  2. Yo have so nice and interesting activities. Thanks for sharing your ideas!


  3. Awesome!! Love the golf tees in clay -- genius! : )

  4. I love the golf tees activity! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I've been following your blog for ages - it's one of my favorites! That said, I have a little award for you on my blog. :)

  6. I love the golf peg idea and cracking nuts...thanks for sharing such wonderful activities. We are doing some fun science this week.

  7. Your ideas are so clever and inspiring. Makes me want to be an even more hands on parent. That said, is there any way to navigate your site for activities appropriate for different age ranges? I have twins who turn 3 years old next month, and I wonder which of these posts I should go ahead and try. Is there any particular way to search the site for this type of thing? An age category, etc.?

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi, I have an award for you on my blog. Have a nice day!

  9. I have checked back several time to see if you have any updates. I am worried something has happened. I hope you are just very busy with life and will be back to the blog in time.

  10. Hope all is well. Miss your wonderful posts.xx

  11. my husband does not golf but I am going to find some golf tees and do this, I love all the wood I have to check this out, found you from pink and green mama, I have been a pre-k teacher for years, and doing some home schooling and want to do more of a montisorri approach, so hoping to get some ideas from you this am, sorry about all the spelling typos i am rushed this am, sunday morning church and cleaning.

  12. Oh come back! You are one of my favorite blogs. Your pictures and creativity make OUR school so fun.

  13. Hi,
    You have been featured on The Montessori Goldmine, please pop over and have a look, if you are not happy with the post please let me know, I will happily remove it. If you are happy, please help me spread the word, help yourself to a badge and tell all your friends. Thanks,

  14. missing you Anne and hoping all is well in your world.

  15. Yours is one of my all time favorite Montessori blogs - I hope you're well and that you'll eventually come back to blogging. You are so good at it!!

    Counting Coconuts

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  17. Hello! Here is a small award for your blog!

    I like the simplicity of your activities. Your blog is so interesting(I have 4 children aged 0-5 years)!

    I invite you to discover my blog:

    (you can translate in English because I'm French)

  18. I have an award for you.


  19. I have an award for you. See I hope you are fine and will be back to the blog in time.

  20. just wanted to let you know that I miss your blog!!! :(

  21. I have to agree with pajamas...we ALL miss your blog. Just hoping everything is/you're ok.

    I learned a lot through your posts.


  22. What great fine motor activities! Love your blog!

  23. I always did the construction block play with my preschoolers too. They love it.

    Yes, the balancing of marbles is very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Wonderful activities! The bead work with heart-shaped pegboards is a great Valentine's Day activity - fun and great for fine-motor coordination! I linked to your post at

  25. We miss you, it has been a year! Come write us a good bye post so we can imagine you doing your happy important work rather than wondering if you have been hit by a car!


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