When most people think of Montessori and birthdays, they think of the Montessori celebration of life. I want to add to that fabulous activity with a few more Montessori-inspired activities to celebrate a child’s age or birthday. These are activities that can work well at home or in a classroom setting.
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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 Age and Birthday Learning Activities
I had fun finding some free printables online to go with the Spielgaben boxes 2b (wooden lacing beads) and 8 (wooden sticks). For these activities, I placed a number of beads and 3″ sticks into baskets from Montessori Services. I included a number of extra pieces so the child could choose which colors he or she wants to use. Putting the sticks into the beads works well as a fine-motor activity, too.
Birthday Candle Length Comparison Activity
Candles on the Cake Math Activity
This activity uses a free printable birthday cake from Making Learning fun. I printed out cakes for ages 3-5, which would be typical ages in a Montessori preschool (primary) classroom. Of course, you could print out cakes for whichever ages are appropriate for your children or students.
I used the colored cake printables, although there are black and white versions that you could color yourself. I typically lay activities out on Montessori Services rugs.
Birthday Candle Numbers Plus Odd and Even
For this activity, I used the free printable birthday candles from Activity Village. I used the plain white candles so that a child wouldn’t be confused by trying to match the candle colors rather than the numbers. Of course, you could color the numbers however you wished. For this activity, a child could turn the numbers upside down, draw a number, and make the correct number of “candles.”
You could also have an odd and even activity using the free odd and even cake printable from Royal Baloo. You could show how to determine odd or even by using a Montessori cards and counters layout when creating the “candles.” (See “DIY Cards and Counters.”)
Using 3-D Shapes to Make a Birthday Cake
This activity is from the Spielgaben Playguide Part 1. I love the way these sorts of activities help children develop their spatial reasoning skills.
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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