I’ve used a few different “I Have, Who Has?” games with our themed activities. My 3½-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves the games so much that I decided to create a Montessori-inspired I Have Who Has? preschool game pack. I designed it for various numbers of players, hands-on learning, and reinforcing a variety of concepts. I’m excited today to let you know about our new printables that use Montessori principles to reinforce preschool concepts through fun games!
Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now
My daughter, Christina (a former Montessori child), and I have partnered to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. The printables are typically themed and use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them):
- They use isolation of quality.
- They use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality.
- They typically use traditional Montessori colors such as red for consonants and blue for vowels.
- They emphasize lowercase letters, which are what we introduce letter sounds with in Montessori education. (Children tend to pick up the uppercase letters without being introduced if they’re introduced to the lowercase letter sounds.)
- They often feature themed printable versions of Montessori materials.
Fun and Learning with Montessori-Inspired I Have, Who Has? Preschool Games Video
Christina, Zoey, and I love to play games like these today! This 59-second video shows just 3 of the games in the pack.
More about the Montessori-Inspired I Have, Who Has? Preschool Games Video
Here you can see how we lay out the cards to start the game!
I designed these games for you to play with an order for presenting letter sounds that’s popular in Montessori schools. This is the order we follow:
s m t a p f c
r b l i g n d
h j k w o u v
y z x q e
So you can play the game with the first set only, the first two sets, the first three sets, or all the letters. In the video, we’re using the first two sets of letters combined. At the end of the pack, we have D’Nealian and cursive I Have, Who Has? games with all the letters if you’d like to use more than one font.
We used the sandpaper letters with the game to emphasize the sensory experience of writing and learning letter sounds. You can just use the cards if you wish, but tracing the letters is great handwriting practice (and a fun way to add interest to sandpaper letters).
Again, tracing the sandpaper numerals is wonderful handwriting practice in addition to helping children learn the numerals 0-9. Zoey doesn’t need to focus on identifying the numerals, but I like that this is a fun way for her to spend extra time tracing the numerals.
If you’re wondering how we end our games and why we’re all clapping at the end, it’s because everyone wins in our preschool games! I’m a real fan of cooperative games, especially for preschoolers, who rarely have the emotional maturity to handle winning and losing. Even if they do have the needed maturity, I like stress-free learning and cooperation as much as possible. See my post on “How to Use Cooperative Games to Teach Sportsmanship” for ways to adapt games to be cooperative learning activities.
Montessori-Inspired I Have, Who Has? Preschool Game Pack
Resources for Preparing I Have, Who Has? Games
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In the pack, you’ll find these I Have, Who Has games: Colors; Shapes; Red and Blue Rods 1-10; Numbers 0-9; Numbers 1-20; Bead Bars 1-10; Letters s, m, t, a, p, f, c; Letters s, m, t, a, p, f, c, r, b, l, i, g, n, d; Letters s, m, t, a, p, f, c, r, b, l, i, g, n, d, h, j, k, w, o, u, v; All letters in manuscript, D’Nealian, and cursive; Page of blank I Have, Who Has? cards
After downloading the Montessori-Inspired I Have, Who Has Preschool Pack, just print the cards on cardstock, laminate if desired, and cut out.
Adding 3-dimensional materials increases the educational value of the materials by making them more hands-on. It’s also a great way to extend learning after children have been introduced to the traditional Montessori materials for teaching each concept.
DIY Color Tablets (Note: My DIY material posts include presentation ideas.)
Ideas for Optional Matching Materials: DIY geometric shapes, traditional metal insets, or plastic insets (which work especially well for a small space)
Red and Blue Rods:
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Bead Bars 1-10:
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Ideas for Optional Matching Materials: DIY Sandpaper Letters, Movable Alphabet Letters from any of our themed packs, or Montessori sandpaper letters
You can also keep the materials separate, using a basket for the I Have, Who Has cards with the letters, metal insets, or other materials in their regular place on your shelves.
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