A number of autumn activities are only appropriate before or on Halloween. Montessori teacher Andrea Coventry has ideas for two Montessori practical life activities using Indian corn that are fun and effective throughout the fall season.
Scrubbing Indian Corn
Practical life activities provide benefits far beyond the eye-hand coordination your preschooler gains. Setting out materials in an orderly fashion, following a sequence of steps in completing the activity, concentrating on the activity, and cleaning up and putting the materials away are important in helping your child develop a sense of order and the ability to concentrate for increasingly longer periods. In addition, there’s the important sense of pride and independence children gain as they learn new skills.
UPDATE: Andrea’s original article is no longer available, but you can get ideas for fall scrubbing activities in her “Montessori Practical Life Activities for Fall.”
Tweezing Indian Corn
Tweezing Indian corn is especially helpful in developing coordination and control of movement. Again, there are many other skills besides coordination your child will develop through the activity. Andrea shares this activity along with a variety of practical life activities in her “Montessori Practical Life Activities for Fall.”
Note: if your child finds it too difficult to use tweezers yet, it’s fine for your child to use his or her fingers to pick the kernels of corn out of the cob. Using tweezers can be an extension for a later stage of development.