I spent a few hours at school Sunday night. I could have spent twice as long. We've been in school now for about 3 weeks and I was feeling the need to change out some of the activities on my shelves. Here is a glimpse of a few things that are new this week. If you have a little one in my class try to take a few minutes and show them these photos on the computer after school sometime this week. There is a very good chance that they've had their little hands on some of this new "work" and seeing it on the computer can be a nice starting point for talking to them about their day.
The work shown below is a spooning activity. The spooning medium is field corn.......a very easily found item in the rural midwest where I live. Dry beans would work well for this too. The wooden spoon I'm using is such a great little spoon. It's just the right size to hold about 2 kernels of corn for transferring. I am not sure where the little wooden bowls came from....I just know that they felt right for this work. The spoon is from Montessori Services. You can purchase one for yourself here.
This is a new variation of dry pouring. The pouring medium is colored green rice.
And a variation of transferring marbles with tongs.
This hammering activity is always VERY popular. It can also be purchased through Montessori Services by clicking on this link.
This wooden shape and color puzzle can be purchased at Callie's Corner.......click here.
This is something I set up that I haven't put out before. I had this wooden box with 4 hinged lids........I have no idea where I got it but it's really fun. I pulled out some autumn colored pom-poms in 4 colors and added a pair of tweezers. This is a combination color sorting and tweezing activity. The child flips open the lids and sorts the pom-poms by color, using the tweezers to place them into the compartments.
Here is the box with the lids flipped open.