Montessori-Inspired State Box – Colorado

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Montessori-Inspired State Box - Colorado

My activity today is an extension of the Montessori continent box. If you’d like to do a unit study of a specific state or the entire United States, a state box, basket, or tray would work well to highlight each state you study.

My Montessori-inspired state box is my activity for both Montessori Monday (Montessori Monday link-up is at the end of the post) and Booking Across the USA. I’m not a native Coloradan, but my family moved to Colorado in 1996. I’ve loved living in Colorado ever since!

Montessori-Inspired Colorado State Box

For my state box, I used a beautiful wooden Nienhuis box that I couldn’t bear to sell from my Montessori school that I owned in the 1980s. The box worked well over the years of homeschooling for hands-on materials I wanted to highlight (such as materials for my Montessori-based Lenten tray/box). I just placed the box on the shelf without the lid for special activities I wanted to focus on, such as a study of a particular state.

I always include books in any unit study. The book I’m featuring for my Colorado state box is C Is for Centennial: A Colorado Alphabet by Louise Doak Whitney (illustrated by Helle Urban). What I especially like about the book is that it can be used for any age. For preschoolers, there’s a short verse for each letter of the alphabet.

For older readers, you’ll find additional text for each letter with lots of information about Colorado. I enjoyed reading the book and learned many interesting facts. I can’t give any first-hand experience about using the book with my kids, though. It wasn’t published until a few months after my son graduated from homeschool high school! 😉

The state box is an activity you can personalize for your unique family or classroom. My family was able to visit many states because of figure skating competitions, and I always saved souvenirs from each trip we took. Some of our Colorado souvenirs were from trips before we moved here and others from mini-vacations and field trips while we lived in Colorado.

I included Colorado postcards, brochures, maps, souvenir spoons, and Christmas ornaments. A small photo album would have been a nice addition, too.

We had a 3 -D puzzle of the United States  from the 1990s that we loved. I included the Colorado state piece along with the Rocky Mountains and ski pieces that fit into the state piece. I looked online, and, unfortunately, I can’t find either the company or the puzzle map. 223808_Melissa & Doug-Leading Designer of Education Toys!! Click Here!  has a nice U.S.A. map wooden puzzle, though. You could always add the state map piece from your favorite puzzle map for each state you study.

Booking Across the USA

Special thanks to Jodie from Growing Book by Book for organizing Booking Across the USA. Also, thanks to Erika from The Honey Bunch and Misty from Think, Wonder & Teach for working on creating a button. And thanks to Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory for creating the lovely table of flag links to each blogger. 

Learn more about Booking across the USA and its associated giveaways at Growing Book by Book.

Check out the participating blogs below for a fun tour/unit study of the United States!

All 50 States for Booking Across the USA Blog Hop A book review and crafts, activities, or freebies are included in each post. All the posts were live on February 25, 2013.
Booking Across the USA Host: Growing Book by Book
Blogging Across the USA Blog Hop button
AlabamaFlag of Alabama from Wikipedia CommonsAlabama Blog Post by Everyday Snapshots Blog Alaska Flag of Alaska from Wikipedia CommonsAlaska Blog Post by Little Wonders’ Days Blog
Arkansas Flag of Arkansas from Wikipedia CommonsArkansas Blog Post by Country Fun Book Files ArizonaFlag of Arizona from Wikipedia CommonsArizona Blog Post by Simply Kinder

CaliforniaFlag of California from WikipediaCalifornia Blog Post by Juggling with Kids

Flag of CaliforniaCalifornia Blog Post by The Outlaw Mom

ColoradoFlag of Colorado from Wikipedia CommonsColorado blog Post by Learners in Bloom

Flag of Colorado from Wikipedia

Colorado Blog Post by Living Montessori Now

ConnecticutFlag of Connecticut from Wikipedia CommonsConnecticut Blog Post By Teacher Park Blog DelawareFlag of Delaware from Wikipedia CommonsDelaware Blog Post by Mama Miss
FloridaFlag of Florida from WikipediaFlorida Blog Post by the Teaching Stars Blog GeorgiaFlag of Georgia USA from Wikipedia CommonsGeorgia Blog Post by Fabulously First Blog HawaiiFlag of Hawaii from Wikipedia CommonsHawaii Blog Post by Teaching with Style


Flag of Idaho from Wikipedia Commons

Idaho post by True Aim Education Blog

IllinoisFlag of Illinois from Wikipedia CommonsIllinois State Post by Growing Book by Book IndianaFlag of Indiana from Wikipedia CommonsIndiana State Post by Teach Pre-School Blog
IowaFlag of Iowa from Wikipedia CommonsIowa Blog Post by Surviving a Teacher Salary Blog KansasFlag of Kansas from Wikipedia CommonsKansas Blog Post by KCEdventures KentuckyFlag of Kentucky from Wikipedia Commons Blog Post by Chicken Babies
LouisianaFlag of Louisiana from Wikipedia CommonsLouisiana Blog Post by Your Child’s Next Book and Project Blog MaineFlag of Maine from Wikipedia CommonsMaine Blog Post by Country Fun MarylandFlag of Maryland from Wikipedia CommonsMaryland Blog Post by Picture Books and Piourettes
MassachusettsFlag of Massachusetts from Wikipedia CommonsMassachusetts Blog Post by Mama Smiles Blog Michigan Flag of Michigan from Wikipedia CommonsMichigan Blog Post by Play Dr. Mom MinnesotaFlag of Minnesota from Wikipedia CommonsMinnesota Post by the Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog

MississippiFlag of Mississippi from Wikipedia CommonsMississippi Blog Post by Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

MissouriFlag of Missouri from Wikipedia CommonsMissouri Blog Post by Ready, Set, Read Blog MontanaFlag of Montana from Wikipedia CommonsMontana Blog Post by The Honey Bunch

Flag of Nebraska from Wikipedia CommonsNebraska Blog Post by The Good Long Road


Flag of Nevada from Wikipedia CommonsNevada Blog Post by Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Crafts Blog

New Hampshire

Flag of New Hampshire from Wikipedia CommonsNew Hampshire Blog Post by Elementary Matters

New Jersey

Flag of New Jersey from Wikipedia CommonsNew Jersey Blog Post by The Pleasantest Thing

New Mexico

Flag of New Mexico from Wikipedia CommonsNew Mexico Blog Post by The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Blog

New York

Flag of New York from Wikipedia CommonsNew York Blog Post by What Do We Do All Day Blog

North CarolinaFlag of North Carolina from Wikipedia CommonsNorth Carolina Post by the Realistic Teacher Blog North DakotaFlag of North Dakota from WikipediaNorth Dakota Post by ND Health Works Ohio

Flag of Ohio from Wikipedia CommonsOhio Blog Post by the Smart Chick Teacher Blog


Flag of Oklahoma from Wikipedia CommonsOklahoma Blog Post by Herding Kats in Kindergarten


Flag of Oregon from Wikipedia CommonsOregon State Post by Journey of a Substitute Teacher Blog


Flag of Pennsylvania from Wikipedia CommonsPennsylvania Blog Post by the Land of Once Upon a Time

Rhode Island

Flag of Rhode Island from Wikipedia CommonsRhode Island Blog Post by Smiling in Second

South Carolina

Flag of South Carolina from Wikipedia CommonsSouth Carolina Blog Post by Cookies and Kiddos

South DakotaFlag of South Dakota from WikipediaSouth Dakota Blog Post by Wise Owl Factory Book a Day

Flag of Tennessee from Wikipedia CommonsTennessee Blog Post by No Monkey Business


Flag of Texas from Wikipedia CommonsTexas Blog Post by Curls and a Smile

Flag of Texas from WikipediaTexas Blog Post by Kid World Citizen


Flag of Utah from Wikipedia CommonsUtah Blog Post by Teach Beside Me Blog


Flag of Vermont from Wikipedia CommonsVermont Blog Post by Vermont Moms Blog


Flag of Virginia from Wikipedia CommonsVirginia Blog Post by Once Upon a Story Blog

Flag of Virginia from WikipediaVirginia Post by the Freckled Homeschooler Blog


Flag of Washington State from Wikipedia CommonsWashington Blog Post by Home Learning Journey

West Virginia

Flag of West Virginia from Wikipedia CommonsWest Virginia Blog Post by Great Peace Academy Blog

Flag of West VirginiaWest Virginia Blog Post by Mamas Like Me


Flag of Wisconsin from Wikipedia CommonsWisconsin Blog Post by Reading Confetti


Flag of Wyoming from Wikipedia CommonsWyoming Blog Post by No Twiddle Twaddle


Flag of the United States of America from Wikipedia CommonsUSA Blog Post by the Corner on Character Blog

Montessori Monday Link-Up

Montessori MondayIf you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.

Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date (which I often do when I’m looking for activities for a roundup post). I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky at 6:00 a.m. EST each Monday and keep the linky open throughout the week.

Please place the Montessori Monday button (using the code from the right sidebar) in your post or put a link back to this post. Let’s use Montessori Monday to gain inspiration/ideas and to encourage each other! If you would leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up ahead of you (along with any other posts you’re drawn to), that would be awesome! Thanks for participating!


You’ll find a Pinterest Pinning Party in our Living Montessori Now Community (featured on the welcome page). That’s for any kid-related posts whether they’re Montessori-inspired or not. Please feel free to add posts there as well! (If you join our Living Montessori Now Community, your blog feed (post excerpts) will show up on the Living Montessori Now Community Welcome Page if you add your blog link when you sign up. It’s an easy way to get extra attention for your blog posts.)

If you have a giveaway on your blog, please add it to my Family-Friendly Giveaway Linky Page! If you enjoy entering giveaways, you’ll always find some great giveaways there.

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