If you live in the USA, happy Independence Day! Today, I have some Montessori-inspired fun with golf balls and ping pong balls – and with one activity made seasonal for the 4th of July.
Transferring Practice Golf Balls
The activity in the photo uses practice golf balls that are transferred using salad tongs. I added a 4th of July theme easily by using stick-on red and blue stars and color-coordinated containers from the dollar section at Target. Even the tray is a sign purchased from the dollar section and turned upside down.
Salad tongs are quite difficult to coordinate and are typically best for older preschoolers. You can give extra eye-hand coordination practice by having your child help you put the stars on the practice golf balls (or ping pong balls). You could put a red star in the bottom of one container and a blue star in the bottom of a second container, although children ready for this exercise generally won’t need any sorting help.
I typically always had some sort of activity with transferring ping pong balls or golf balls on the practical life shelves as a Montessori teacher and when my children were preschoolers. You can experiment with more than one type of kitchen tongs and can make the activity seasonal if you wish. If you don’t live in the U.S., you can just skip the 4th of July theme for the activity.
Scooping Ping Pong and Golf Balls
Here’s a fun activity for younger preschoolers – great for any season. In the summer, it could be used indoors or outdoors. The activity in the photo is from The Adventures of Bear and uses golf balls, ping pong balls, and a wire mesh scoop. This activity also has a sinks and floats point of interest.
You’ll find lots of activities for the 4th of July in my roundup post: Montessori-Inspired Patriotic Unit.
Does your child have a favorite activity that uses golf balls or ping pong balls?