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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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. For this activity, a child could turn the numbers upside down, draw a number, and make the correct number of “candles.” (Update: The printable is no longer free.)
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.
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