My $2 Spindle Box

In my monthly trip to the dollar store to hunt down potential materials, I was THRILLED to find this funky little ice cube tray.  I counted the compartments and with 10, they became the perfect spindle box to use with Carter.  I also found a bag of 200 Easter foam sticker shapes.  The ducks became the numerals needed for the ice cube tray to spindle box transformation.  55 toothpicks became the spindles.  (Note: the Montessori spindle box goes from 0-9)

I work with only my son and I know that he can identify the numbers 1-10.  However, if you aren’t sure, make sure that your child can identify the numerals before moving forward with counting the spindles.  The control of error with this activity is that there are exactly the right number of spindles needed to fill the compartments.  If your child reaches the end and does not have enough or has spindles left over, an error was made.  Happy counting!

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Ordering By Size

I saw this activity for purchase on a website, but it looked easy enough to make on my own.  I made 6 different weather shapes in 4 different sizes for an ordering by size activity.

The cards

This activity can be carried out in two ways.  The first that I’m starting with is to put each shape in order from smallest to largest. For younger children, use only 3 sizes and add the fourth after they have no problems with ordering 3.

Order by size

After ordering has been mastered, these cards can also be sorted by size in 4 groups – all the large shapes together, all the smallest shapes together, etc.  I love it when materials do double duty!

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Sorting by Color

A few days ago we saw a rainbow after a spring storm.  I’m sure it wasn’t the first one he’s seen, but it’s the first one that made a big impression on him.  I’ve added a few rainbow activities for the last part of this month and our study of the weather.

To make this one, dig through your craft bins and locate those colored pom poms.  Though I’d love to use some creative and more attractive containers, these leftovers from my homemade baby food making days work nicely.  Add colored construction paper circles in the bottoms of the small bowls and a pair of tongs, and you have a sorting and fine motor activity.  This activity has been on our shelf for two days now and I’m sure that Carter chooses to complete it a few times a day.  I woke this morning to find him sitting as his small table sorting pom poms.


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