Of all the materials that I created for this month, this one is my favorite by far. And, it’s proven to be Carter’s favorite as well. When we visited the Montessori school in our area, one of the directors sat with Carter and a huge I Spy bottle while we observed the classes. I saw then how much he enjoyed discovering the tiny objects inside.
The I Spy Bottle is really simple to make. First, I dyed rice by putting some in a ziplock bag with a capful of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of food coloring. Shake it around in the bag until all of the rice is covered, then pour it out on wax or parchment paper to dry. Make sure it dries fully or you’ll get rice clumps in your bottle. I found the mini bugs and flowers in the scrapbook section of my local craft store. These are actually buttons, which don’t work as well as using pieces that are the same on both sides.
To complete the activity, Carter rolls and shakes the bottle until he finds one of the objects on the board. When he does, he marks it with a button. You can see the pdf of my game board if you would like a close-up of the objects that were in the bottle.
These two puzzles are also a big hit. The kite can be printed for free from abcteach. The rainbow was a template that I printed off of KidsSoup and laminated, though it really wouldn’t be terribly difficult draw it out and make it without a template.
I am not a huge fan of coloring sheets and I really wouldn’t put them in the Art category. To me, they are more of a pre-writing activity. Whatever you call them, they are the easiest material to provide. Simply search for Umbrella Coloring Sheet…or whatever you would like to find. DLTK also has a LOT of free printables.
Enjoy and thank you for your comments!
*For those interested, I updated the Language Materials with one of the activities that I left off.