This fun Montessori-inspired practical life activity is based on a post from Pink and Green Mama and an excerpt from the eBook Montessori at Home by John Bowman. The photos are from a post at Pink and Green Mama: Preschool At Home: Marbles and Golf Tee Game.
(Note: This post was updated on 3/31/2013 to add information from the newly published 3rd edition of Montessori at Home. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.)
In his eBook Montessori at Home: The Complete Guide to Doing Montessori Early Learning Activities at Home, John Bowman elaborates on a practical life activity from Pink and Green Mama that can help develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence. It’s a great activity to have on the shelf early in the school year. Here’s an excerpt from the book with directions for using the activity along with additional extensions.
Excerpt from Montessori at Home:
This fun activity can be varied in many ways. You will need:
- Styrofoam block for holding flowers (crafts store / section)
- Golf tees
- Marbles, ping pong balls
- A marker
- Bowls to hold the marbles and tees and a tray to hold it all
Set everything up on a tray as shown. Let your child make a line of golf tees pushed into the foam. Now he can balance the marbles on the tees. He will quickly learn about keeping the tees straight up. Watching marbles roll off crooked tees is the control of error . . . in this activity. Let your child figure this out.
After mastering the basic line, your child can make two or three lines of tees. A larger foam block or two blocks glued together will allow your child to make shapes – circle, square, rectangle, triangle – with the tees. You may need to draw shapes onto the block as guides.
For a math activity, use a fine point marker and write the numerals 0 – 10 on a set of tees. Write the same numerals on a set of ping pong balls. Help your child as needed to set the tees in a left-to-right line from 0 – 10, leaving a bit more space in between them than with the marbles. Your child can then match up each ping pong ball with the tee with the same numeral. Be sure to have your child count the tee & ball combos from 0 – 10 moving left to right.
(Excerpt and photos used with permission from John Bowman and Pink and Green Mama.)
Another marble and golf tee extension: DIY math tactile board using marbles and golf tees from Dancing with Dinosaurs.
I’m extremely impressed with the eBook’s TONS of ideas and extensions of activities that can be used easily at home or in any preschool environment.
Montessori at Home! eBook Available Exclusively at Living Montessori Now!
The 3rd edition of Montessori at Home! eBook is only $6.95 (formerly $10.95) for 512 pages with over 300 early-learning activities!
In the eBook, you’ll also find a quick start guide, 225 educational digital tablet app recommendations, hundreds of links to sites, blogs, and videos, and 76 pages of printable materials!
You can get a free download of 51 sample pages from Montessori at Home eBook by clicking here! (This includes information on John’s simplified Montessori reading sequence.)
Here’s the direct link to the purchase page for Montessori at Home! eBook. Here’s the direct link to the purchase page for the Montessori at Home! Materials Bundle,which includes the Montessori at Home eBook AND over $60 worth of Montessori Print Shop materials to go with the book (now only $15.95)!
The Montessori at Home! eBook and Materials Bundle Available Exclusively at Living Montessori Now!
- Phases of the Moon (3-part cards & chart)
- Animals of the Continents
- Continents 3-Part Cards
- Land & Water Form Photo Book
- World – Control Maps, Masters and Labels
- Moveable Alphabet – Print – (includes full instructions)
- Sentence Cards – Step 1 – Set 1
- Word and Picture Cards – Step 1 – Read Pictures
- 1-100 Math Series
- Geometric Matching Cards
- Geometric Solids 3-Part Cards – Blue
- Skeleton Nomenclature Cards
- Tree Nomenclature Cards
- Phonics Sound and Picture Sorting
- Association of Objects
- What Does Not Belong
- The Five Senses
- Plant or Animal?
- Animals and Their Names
- Color Grading Cards
- Metal Insets – Shape Outlines
Excerpts and Activities from the Montessori at Home eBook
Montessori at Home! eBook is one of the books I recommend first for parents interested in Montessori education. You can read all the excerpts from the book that I’ve shared here at Living Montessori Now:
How to Prepare a Montessori Jar for Meaningful Preschool Activities at Home (an activity prepared using one of the book’s printables)
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