Thursday, October 16, 2008

matching objects to pictures

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.


  1. Great implementation and beautiful game creation. I'm happy to see our ideas from KidsSoup are being used and are helpful. :-)

    Thanks! Jolanda Garcia

  2. I LOVE IT!!!! I am totally making this up this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. That is a terrific idea. I think I am going to make one for my daughter. She will love it.

  4. It is such a blessing that you have posted your trays as you go. Our little ones have enjoyed their trays more than toys by far. This gives me ever so many ideas for rotation.

  5. Thank you!! This is so much fun!
    I'm so happy you are sharing your ideas with us all. I'm a big fan,
    aka Montessori Mama

  6. Hello :)
    I only recently discovered your blog & am *really* loving it!
    I was inspired to make our own Jack-O-Lantern feltboard and posted about it (and you!) on my blog here:

    Thanks for sharing. I look fwd to reading more!

  7. I have a work similar to this--I have a felt orange pumpkin with buttons where the eyes, nose and mouth go. I have several different eyes, nose and mouth shapes which are made of black felt. They button the eyes, nose and mouth onto the pumpkin. I have several sets of eyes, noses and mouths to choose from. You could also use snaps.
    I enjoy yours blogs sooo much. Thanks, Judy

  8. I love this activity so much! Thanks for daughter would love this!

  9. Thanks for this idea! I'm making my pumpkin faces now!


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