Today, I want to share some fun summer learning activities using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables. Spielgaben educational toys are designed for ages 3-12, but the activities in this post are for toddlers through early elementary.
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In case you’re not familiar with Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality and fits in well in a room with traditional Montessori materials. I love the new, easily removable drawers in version 4. The yarn balls from the 1st Spielgaben set can be used with babies and toddlers, too. The Spielgaben complete set comes 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.
Spielgaben Materials Used in This Post
For this post, I used the Spielgaben yarn balls, wooden cubes, and wooden dots.
I’ll link to free printables which will help make the activities simple to prepare yet attractive. I’ll also tell you where I found the materials for my activities.
Octopus and Yarn Ball Color Matching for Toddlers and Preschoolers
I’ve been using Spielgaben yarn balls with my toddler granddaughter since she was 2 months old. They’ve typically been one of her favorite toys, and it’s been fun to find new ways to use them at different ages and stages of development.
My activity today is for toddlers or preschoolers. It uses the free Octopus Color Matching printable from File Folder Fun. For each of the activities I used one of the Multicraft 5-piece wooden trays. I also used a Montessori Services basket and a Montessori Services rug for the layout.
My 18-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, had fun with the activity. First she matched up the octopus body parts by color.
Then she added a matching colored yarn ball to the head of each octopus.
If you’d like to introduce color tablets with yarn balls, see this post and the link to free color tablet printables from Montessori Print Shop: Montessori-Inspired Activities for Babies and Toddlers Using Yarn Balls. For more DIY Montessori color tablets and presentation ideas, see my DIY Montessori Color Tablets post.
Summer Numbers and Counters
This activity uses 10 small Spielgaben wooden cubes and the free Summer Number Cards and Counters from Montessori Print Shop. I printed out the cards and counters at 50% so the numbers would fit on the cubes, and the pictures would fit below the cubes.
I wanted to make the activity a bit like a puzzle, so I used double-sided tape to stick the numbers in two different fonts (available in the Montessori Print Shop printable) to each cube. A child would need to first sort the pictures to find the pictures that match each number. I had a lot of fun with the layout, since it was like a puzzle fitting each picture below the appropriate number.
Summer Roll & Cover Addition Activity
This is a simple dice game to reinforce addition skills. I printed out the free printable from the 3 Dinosaurs Summer Pack. I printed it out at 52% so the Spielgaben wooden dots would fit.
My Previous Spielgaben Posts:
Most of these include links to free printables!
My original Spielgaben review includes examples of Montessori-inspired activities as shown in the collage above.
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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