I love Montessori-Inspired dinosaur activities, and John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook (3rd edition) has a whole section on dinosaurs.
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Here’s an excerpt of part of the Montessori at Home dinosaur section:
Fossils are how we get in touch with creatures from long ago, so why not make some? A Safari Ancient Fossils TOOB , an Insect Lore Big Bunch O’ Bugs 15 pack, or a pack of plastic bugs from a discount or toy store, plus some Play Doh® will get your child’s fossil explorations started.
Photo: Chasing Cheerios
Press plastic insects down into Play Doh sheets, cut into separate ‘fossils’, and let the impressions harden overnight. Try different colors of Play Doh. Make name cards for the insects to add language. You could make a hole in each and make a string of fossils.
Photo: The Education of Ours
Fossil cookies are always a big hit. At Chasing Cheerios (photo), they used a simple cookie recipe and Play Doh stampers. You could also used well washed sea shells, plastic dinosaurs, or plastic insects.
Photo: Chasing Cheerios
The Dig it Up Excavation Kit – Tyrannosaurus Rex can be fun for a child who is seriously into dinosaurs. $12.95 on Amazon.
Montessori style, self-contained dinosaur materials from Counting Coconuts. Free Dinosaur information cards from Montessori Print Shop. [Middle photo]: Punching dinosaur outlines with a pushpin. Your child can cut these with scissors if she is ready. Get free dinosaur, and other, outlines at Enchanted Learning. [Bottom photo] Cleaning a dinosaur.
These are great examples of creating language, fine motor, and Practical Life materials around a theme. You can do the same with many themes – holidays, other animals, plants, family trips, almost any subject your child is interested in.
Excerpt used with permission of John Bowman.
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.)
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- 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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