Since I like to have seasonal variations of traditional Montessori activities out on my shelves I decided to create something new for fall. This is a variation of the Montessori Cards and Counters work. My inspiration for creating this activity was some foam leaf stickers I picked up several weeks ago at Hobby Lobby. I also purchased some little clothespins and some fall ribbon (it was 50% off, not $4.99 in case you're wondering!). I knew I wanted to do something with varying lengths of ribbon and clothespins to clip on the ribbons. I had considered using a wooden dowel or stick and attaching lengths of ribbon to it. Then I decided I wanted the numerals to be loose along with the quantities (like Cards and Counters) instead of having the numerals fixed on a dowel, which would have been more like the Spindle Box.
Here are the supplies I used for this project. In addition I used some brown cardstock, a tag punch, and some gold number stickers.
I punched out 9 brown tags from the cardstock and stapled lengths of the fall ribbon to the back of each as shown.
Then I used one of the large leaf stickers to cover the staple and added a numeral sticker to each tag.
I attached a small leaf sticker to each of 45 wooden clothespins. To do this work the child first places the ribboned tags in numerical order on a rug in a vertical row as shown below. Then they clip the corresponding number of clothespins to the ribbon.
Here you can see a close-up of the clothespins on the ribbons.
Below you can see how I've put this together on the shelf. I placed all the clothespins in a small metal tub and the tags into a basket.