Montessori education encourages real work in nature whenever possible. When there aren’t leaves outdoors to be raked or when the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor leaf raking, United Montessori Association (UMA) has a great alternative. Raking leaves indoors is a popular activity with children that can be used at home or school.
This activity was designed by UMA graduate Kit Li for her UMA original project. It included variations of hay or pinecones. UPDATE: The older blog is no longer available, but United Montessori Association has a new blog with some great practical life activities.
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You can purchase a child-sized rake at Montessori Services or from Amazon as part of a child-sized garden tool set. Montessori Services even has a heavy-duty garden tool set for ages 6-9. Colorful silk leaves can be used rather than real leaves. I would definitely recommend the silk leaves to avoid the mess of crumbling leaves indoors.
Let your child have fun and develop numerous skills by raking leaves, whether indoors or outdoors!