Montessori Learning Activity
Children learn by doing. One key aspect of Montessori philosophy is: “Help me to do it myself.” (See my earlier post on Montessori Philosophy.) Montessori activities use multiple senses to learn, internalize and prepare for the next steps such as writing, all in a developmentally-appropriate way. One of the activities I loved when my daughter was in Montessori preschool was the “feel & find” activity. When I saw Guidecraft’s 3D Feel & Find, I knew that we had to carry it.
What is it? The set includes 20 wooden tiles, 20 matching wooden shapes and a cloth bag. Children put their hands into a bag and identify the shape through touch alone. Is it a letter shape, a geometric shape, an animal shape? Fit it into the matching puzzle tile. The child can also sort the pieces by color and/or type of shape.
Fine Motor Skills
Recent posts have focused on different toys that help children build fine motor skills such as lacing toys and manipulatives. The Feel & Find uses several senses to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills:
Depending on how the game is used, children also learn:
- Sorting & classification skills
- Social skills when played as a game with other children.
How to play with the Feel & Find?
- Hand out the puzzle tiles to the players and then have them take turns reaching into the bag (no peeking!)
- Children find the matching shape and insert into their puzzle tile.
- Based on which tiles are used the learning activity can focus on geometric shapes (10), real world object shapes (10), colors or a mix.
The shapes are colored with safe non-toxic paint and are safe for ages 3 and up.
What a great way to nurture your child’s sensory exploration. Isn’t it nice when children incorporate multiple senses in their learning since we frequently rely on our visual sense. Plus, the bag lends an air of secrecy & mystery!
What other multidimensional learning activities do your children like?