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Today, I’m excited to share some free printables and Montessori-inspired activities that can be used with Spielgaben yarn balls.
My Previous Spielgaben Posts:
Check out my original Spielgaben review (with examples of Montessori-inspired activities as shown in the collage above) to find out more about Spielgaben educational toys. Spielgaben toys are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. They come with over 1,000 pages of supplementary learning materials that help you as a parent or teacher easily use Spielgaben toys educationally with your child and/or students. All of the instructional materials are digital PDFs that can be printed out or viewed on any device.
Montessori-Inspired Color Activities Using Spielgaben Yarn Balls and Free Printables
These activities could be adapted for a variety of materials. The yarn balls are the Froebel Gift #1. You’ll find an amazing variety of ways to use the Spielgaben yarn balls in the resource materials that come with each complete Spielgaben set.
For example, the yarn balls and shape creation cards basket from my original Spielgaben review post uses images from one of the resource worksheets. I’m adding to those ideas today by sharing some free printables from around the blogosphere and ideas for using Spielgaben in a Montessori-friendly environment.
Color Tablets and Yarn Ball Matching
(Note: for home use, I would just use the Montessori Print Shop printable rather than purchasing color tablets. You can find presentation ideas here: DIY Color Tablets.) I like adding the yarn balls after an initial introduction to colors using the color tablets alone. The yarn balls are uniform in size and shape, so they fit well with the Montessori principle of isolation of quality. The yarn balls have an appealing texture and are a great extension to Montessori color tablets.)
I put the layout on a large hemmed work rug from Montessori Services.
Color Tablets, Spanish Colors, and Yarn Ball Matching
For this activity, I used the free Spanish/English Color Matching Cards from Homeschool Creations along with the above color tablets from Montessori Print Shop.
Color Sequence Caterpillar with Yarn Balls
Here’s a cute free Color Sequence Caterpillar printable from Made by The Teacher. (Note: The Color Sequence Caterpillar printable is no longer available. You could use the head from The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequence printable by Teacher Love and colored circles from the Printable Color Chart by Preschool Mom.) I used an an elliptical bamboo basket from Montessori Services and an inexpensive wooden tray from Michaels craft store.
Yarn Color Puzzles and Yarn Ball Matching
This activity uses a free Yarn Color Puzzle printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler. You can cut the puzzles in a way that makes them simple or difficult to put together. I stored the yarn balls in an elliptical bamboo basket and the puzzle pieces in a smaller bamboo potato basket from Montessori Services. Both baskets are on an inexpensive wooden tray from Michaels craft store.
VERSION 4 OF SPIELGABEN EDUCATIONAL TOYS
I highly recommend Spielgaben as an amazing educational material for home or school. Even though the toys aren’t inexpensive, they’re definitely worth the price because of the high quality of materials and number of years your children or students can use them.
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