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Saturday, January 29, 2011

ExPloRe and PlaCeMeNt TraY foR ToDDLerS

ExPloRe and PlaCeMeNt TraY foR ToDDLerS:

I made an extra large one of my explore and placement trays for my toddlers and it was used a lot but I needed to scale it down. This set is made from a box and toilet paper rolls. Yes, I individually cut each hole out by hand and slid the roll inside and hot glued them together by adding hot glue around each roll. Then, I painted it blue since that is our color for this week. The explore tubes are medicine bottles recycled. I added little suprises in each tube like mini screw drivers, beans, space man, snakes, worms, things that make them go "wow" and investigate before putting each bottle inside a tube of "their choice." This helps with learning how to place an object, building attention spans, hands on sensory skills, building small muscle skills to mention just a few. This is "MY ORIGINAL IDEA" and it has helped many of the children, often chose from our shelf. They control where it goes and the ending is always different. Some of the bottles or tubes have stickers on them and it has helped them memorize what is in each bottle. They quickly pick the one with their favorite sticker on it to see first. Not all have stickers. Usually the stickers bottles or tubes are chosen first.

A great recycling activity. All items are recycled and bring new life to used items.

Thanks for visiting.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Stocking Pinching Activity


Stocking Pinching Activity:

I found these stockings on clearance for .25 a piece and grabbed about 10 of them for our pinching  box set. It worked out perfectly. I painted the box so it was a pretty blue. Children pinch on the stockings one at a time and turn the box to keep pinching on stockings.

Sure to be a favorite this week, It's on the shelf.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Health and Xray Investigation Montessori Tray with Magnifying glass


Health and XRay Investigation Tray and Magnifying Glass:

I put all those school magazines to use and cut out a lot of the science pictures that would go with our health and xray theme. These turned out wonderful and I will introduce them this week. I attached them to brown cardboard that is thick and sturdy and put two layers of mod podge over them. Now to make a themed storage container for them. I made two sets. If you like this leave me a comment. Thanks for visiting my page.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

LadyBug Alphabet print and sequence


LadyBug Alphabet print and sequence:

I wanted to share my "LADYBUG ALPHABET" PRINT AND SEQUENCE SET FOR YOUR Montessori Trays. I hope the children enjoy them. You should be able to print and use. I print them, laminate them, cut them apart, attach to craft sticks for easier pick up and include a picture of the finished activity as a guide for the children's tray.

If you like my sharing leave me a comment. Have a great experience. These are copyrighted by My HomeMade Montessori Manipulatives. These are for personal sharing and not to be copied or included or reposted in any form. You can link to this page. Thanks!

Share: Thrift Store Find: ABALONE OR MOTHER PEARL?


Share: Thrift Store Find: ABALONE OR MOTHER PEARL?

I found this at a thrift store and looked it up to see if it was abalone or mother of pearl. I really don't have any idea but will be a great add to our "new" exporation science box that we just added this past week. Adding a magnifying glass to this hands on trinket should prove to be really interesting to each child in our daycare center.

Introduced ROPE LIGHTS in my daycare center and SPD



SPD or Sensory Processing disorder is VERY interesting to me. I have just introduced Rope Lights to the children. These were recommended upon many readings and research on SPD through the internet. A lot of the activities I provide in my activities are based around TACTILE INPUT. These lights proved to be a good addition that really attacted the children. I put this small quiet area together to see if it would interest the children and of course, it did. It is a great idea to expand on their visual stimulation. Im also building on "Auditory Soothing Sound Activities." The set I purchased for the rope lights is red from Lowes. Walmart carries another color. I believe I paid around 9.00 for this rope of lights. Well worth the cost. Learning about more sensory inputs has definetly proven to be so fun and exciting for the children as well as myself.



I found this page that stated that parents had painted their child's room bright primary colors and how they quickly found out that the colors were to over-stimulating. They soon painted the room light blue with clouds and added "Rope Lights" and...... that These lights are a fantastic, practical, long-lasting, relaxing, affordable addition! They are certainly one of the safest soothing light options out there. No dangers of hot bulbs, like you find with a black light. Her rope lights became a great way to spread even, calming light through out her room. They were even easy to put up; stretching them around the top of the four walls and "attaching" them by draping them over self-stick plastic hooks... voila! in a sensory room; for basic lighting, or for children to explore with their hands and eyes (for exploration use as many colors as possible!) 
To see the whole article visit this link

http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/rope-lights.html

Our "NEW" Quiet Reading Area (second use for dresser)


Our "NEW" Quiet Reading Area (second use for dresser): We just added a blanket and book.

I had this dresser in the garage for the past 20+ years. From being damp in there I knew I couldn't take it back in the house as it was. It was purchased for a "re-do" project. So, I pushed the dresser out to the end of the garage where I could see it everyday. I knew I wanted to do something with it but it never came to me for a long time and then this summer I walked to the garage, rolled it to the front of the daycare. I stood there and looked at it. I didn't want a dresser, I wanted something for the children to climb into, to have a quiet area to read in. So, I got a hammer and took all the insides of the dresser out and it left the shell. Putting all the access pieces of wood in the burn pile, I seen a few wasp nests that I removed with a screw driver and then, there it was, my new project.

As I took my new found treasure to the sidewalk, it was all scratched up from rolling it a long distance from the garage to the daycare, but to me, it was my found treasure. I started sanding it. Once done, I started painting it bright orange (left over paint from my sensory house). Yah, I know but the Lowes Lady had three choices, candy apple red, bright green or Halloween orange and she picked orange and mixed it up for me. It took two coats and drying. The paint I purchased from Lowes I think was Beir, no smell. One sharp paint. I will buy it everytime I need some. The lady even gave me a coupon at I think 20% off my purchase.

Then it was time to move it inside the daycare. I was so proud of my project! For now, it will stay like it is. The children use it for a climb up quiet reading center. It has become a popular choice at our daycare. Never say you can't do something, I am very satisfied with this "dressers new life." If you like my idea just leave ma a comment and let me know you were here.

Sharing~Noticing differences in bottles (sizes and shapes) shelf


I made this several weeks ago and thought I would share it with on my blog. I had several jars saved, wire and this wooden box. Each bottles is kept in with small wire that is used to put picture frames on the wall. I make do with what I have for most projects and this turned out really good. Im adding this to our sensory area so the children can notice differences in bottles shapes and sizes. If you like my ideas leave me a message. Thanks for visiting my blog.


Feeding Birds from the window brings us RED CARDINALS OF BEAUTY


Feeding Birds from the window brings us RED CARDINALS OF BEAUTY:

One of my children I care for gave me a bird feeder and I put it to good use and look at the results we get for our efforts. Beautiful red cardinals with no shortage of different birds to observe and watch. How beautiful!



COLOR PROGRESSION PINCHING WORK BOX (from free paint chips)


COLOR PROGRESSION PINCHING WORK BOX  (from free paint chips):

Im going to be quite honest with everyone on this activity. It took me 2 days to put this activity together.
It took so many steps to put it together that I want to share what I did to accomplish this project.

First: I had collected quite a few "free paint chips" from Walmart and Lowes. Everytime I went in the store, I quickly went and gathered several colors and was on my way. Usually, I purchase a small plastic container of some kind, to put them in while I am gathering them at the store, so they make a sale and I am getting a useful activity out of the whole process (in the works). So for 1.00 I got a storage bin and many paint chips.

Second: I had this activity in my thoughts for several weeks and I had to consider how big to make it, how many clothes pins I would use, how many paint chips I would use, what kind of set up would I attach it to to make it successful for the children. Which colors I would use because if they were to much alike, it would be a challenge for the children to sort out and I wanted them to be successful and not give up.

Third: How I would present this to the children and store it. So, I started working on sorting colors out, chips in piles of BLUE, RED, PINK, YELLOW, BROWN, GREEN. Then after that I discovered that I had 5 and 10 of each color (to make sure I had enough for projects). So I pulled out about 10 samples of each color and cut them down to a strip for the clothes pin and a strip for the container that I chose to match 2.

Fourth: Now I am ready to attach the paint chip strips to the clothes pins. When I put school glue on the clothes pin and attached the paint chip shape, the shape would slide down off of the clothes pin. So, I quickly shifted to a hot glue and glue sticks. Attached them and they stayed perfectly. Infact, once you put it on, you don't have much room to move it if its slanted, so you really have to get it right the first time.

Fifth: I wanted a sturdy structure because I wanted it to last. With the clothes pins pinching off and on and off and on, it may not take to long before the paint chips on the base would wear at the tips. So, I took this large box and went around the edges on the outside with cut down craft sticks, used hot glue to attach sideways working my way around the whole box from top to bottom. It took approx. 25 extra large craft sticks to complete this on the outside. Then I double lined it with thin cardboard and thick sturdy cardboard on the inside. Not to thick so the clothes pins would pinch on without having to open to large. The children can only pinch the clothes pin open so far.

Sixth: I then lined the inside with textured foam from the meat departments of the stores. I washed them and saved them. Since they had thick textures on some of the foam, I thought it would be good to add that extra sensory touch so when they reach in to take out a clothes pin to pinch, they would feel the texture on the foundation for added stimulation. I would hope they would notice and comment when this activity is chose and used. I also lined the insides half way up to keep the container soft but sturdy. I chose texture over beauty and function over beauty on the inside of this manipulative.

Seven: Finishing the clothes pins with the colors all glued on with hot glue, I went around the box base outside and attached with hot glue, the equal color chips in progression. In my thoughts they came out the way I would use them. I don't know if there is a certain way to place these in "Montessori Teachings" but this is how ours turned out and I just really like the color progression. Attaching all the base colors, I then, did a "mod podge" covering on the clothes pins and the color strips on the base. I added around 6 layers on the base each side and 1 layer to the clothes pins.

And this is my finished product.

My thoughts, I don't know if I would make a set this large again. It was a challenge for me and a challenge for a fourth grader to keep turning the box to find the right colors. I would probably put clothes pins and box out on one side at a time during my tray work times, to make it "not so frusterating" for a child. But, once they master it, It will be one of their favorites.

If you like this project let me know in a comment. I love sharing and being share with.



Friday, January 21, 2011

Share: From our Window part 2


                                                      Share: From our Window part 2:



Share: Child used the bead transferring activity and was thrilled


Share: Child used the bead transferring activity and was thrilled:

The bead tray that I made from recycling holiday candy gum was used today by 9 year old since school was cancelled due to snow in our area. She worked the activity tray and said that it was the funnest activity that I have made (and she checks out and works every one) on her own. So, I know watching her enjoy the spoon scooping that I am making activities that expand on their interests. Had to share this with you.................

GARDEN GRAPHING LEARNING MAT AND PROPS


GARDEN GRAPHING LEARNING MAT AND PROPS:

Its not to soon to start thinking about spring time is it? I put this activity together working towards activities for our spring learning mats. I want to introduce the children to graphing objects and learning more placement and following directions. So, This is my start on those goals. If you like it leave me a comment and I will make more varieties and post them. Enjoy!

Free Sensory Balls at the base of them


Free Sensory Balls at the base of them:

I was spending a lot of styrofoam balls to make our sensory orbs but I wrapped some newsaper into a ball and wrapped packing tape around them, covered one in denim and it worked perfect. No more lost money on styrofoam balls. Will make our own from now on...........................

Window Seal Learning


Window Seal Learning:

I put a large bin full of these lightweight natural blocks out and a bin of animals and dinosaurs to see what would happen. And it wasn't 10 minutes and the children had built a fort for the animals and dinosaurs in the window seal. All the preschoolers encouraged and engaged the toddlers in their play as they studied them, they moved towards them and started playing WITH them. What an encouraging moment. This picture is so adorable and captured the engaged toddler in her play. How adorable huh? No missed opportunity here. I planned to expand on their interests and they took off with it.

Button Bottles: Leftover buttons for shakers


Button Bottles: Leftover buttons for shakers:

This week we added to our sensory bottles by making "button bottles" out of recycled bottles and leftover buttons. The children like the bright primary colors. The result changes when the buttons land each time. I think I will add an eye spy object inside that they could concentrate on when we make more but these turned out so pretty and a good addition to our sensory window and shaking activity. We can use these during music time as well. If you like my ideas leave me a message.

Can you see what is in this picture?

                                
                                                    Can you see what is in this picture?

Recycling Towels for Trays (great sensory idea)


Recycling Towels for Trays (great sensory idea):

I recycled an old towel over one of my trays and it worked perfect. Fit right into my jeans recycling activities. A great added benefit to a texture activity for us. If you like my idea leave me a message.


Cover it up Manipulative


Cover it up Manipulative:

I made this manipulatives to build small muscle skills and recycle some more items in our environment. In this activity, I recycled a plastic cookie dish and lid from Christmas treats, a pop lid, jeans around the lid and I had some of these stickey circles on hand and left over. The stickey circles are stuck onto a piece of foam that was recycled from a small cake. I wanted the shapes to show up really well and this worked for my activity.

The children pick a color and try to move the lid left or right, up or down to cover up a complete circle in the color they have decided to cover up. The keep trying shaking the container a little at a time until they accomplish their goal and start over.

If you like my ideas leave me a message. Have a nice day!

OPEN and CLOSE work center (lids and jars)


OPEN and CLOSE work center (lids and jars):

I made this out of a medium box, cut the bottles in half and cut holes in the box to fit each bottle in.
I had seen this idea put in styrofoam and I thought to myself, "Why not in a box?" Worked out perfect. Now the children can concentrate on putting the lids on each bottle and not holding the bottle and trying to get the lid on, making it harder sometimes, depending on their ages. I want to offer successful work and I feel I did in this activity. It is open ended where they can control which lid goes on first to last and feel so satisfied they did it themselves.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SCIENCE and SENSORY EXPLORATION area for TODDLERS


SCIENCE and SENSORY EXPLORATION area for TODDLERS:

This week I am introducing a TODDLER Science and Sensory Exploration Area for my Toddlers. They like the sensory activities so much that I decided to expand on their interests. I took a big box, hot glued my 1.50 a yard sensory material on all sides of it. Then, I made 4 smaller boxes to keep individual activities in and sorted so the children can learn to sort and put things back. I added bright materials to each small box inside and out and then re-inforced the strength on the inside with more cardboard panels or strips (depending on how strong the box was). The first box (daisies) has free tiles for siding samples in it hot glued back to back. I got these at Lowes in the siding sample isle. The second box (turtles) has free counter top tile samples in hot glue back to back. I put them on a double strand of yarn. They have different textures and colors when they are touched. The third box (60's flowers) has the same as the second one but different colors and textures. The fourth box (the colorful diamonds) has our sensory jewerly rounds in it made from our salt playdough recipe and hardened for texture feeling. Then I added an egg carton with rocks that have some defaults in them, hot glued them down so the children could feel the lines, circles and odd touches of them and also added a magnifying glass so they could see these imperfections as well. The whole exploration center cost me 1.00 for the magnifying glass and .50 for the rocks from Dollar General Store. A "new" science and sensory  hands on area to add for a little cost.




Sunday, January 16, 2011

Valentines Alphabet Pinching Set printable



Valentines Alphabet Pinching Set printable for Tray Work:


I designed this activity to introduce my toddlers and preschoolers to ALPHABET RECOGNITION AND PINCHING WORK. I printed these off, laminated them, added the rounds to my trays and the alphabets to clothes pins with hot glue. Place the clothes pins with alphabets in a basket or holding tray so they can identify and pinch one letter at a time on to the rounds. Putting round one with the matching alphabet clothespins is easier for the child at first.

These are for sharing with teachers and parents. They are copyrighted by My HomeMade Montessori Manipulatives and not to be sold, distributed or included in any shape or form in collections for profit.

Feel free to link to my page to share them. Teachers and Parents print off, laminate and use as you would like with your children. You should be able to copy this image on your printer and print off what size you would like to save it in. If you have any questions leave me a comment. If you want me to send you this file, leave a comment and email address and I will, time permitting. Enjoy



SPIRAL TO SMOOTH BASKET WORK for trays


SPIRAL TO SMOOTH BASKET WORK for trays:


I designed this activity to introduce my toddlers and preschoolers to TEACH SMOOTH TO SPIRAL WORK. I put all of them in a basket and child sorts into two different holding containers on their tray. I included labels for your baskets if you would like to use them.

These are for sharing with teachers and parents. They are copyrighted by My HomeMade Montessori Manipulatives and not to be sold, distributed or included in any shape or form in collections for profit.

Feel free to link to my page to share them. Teachers and Parents print off, laminate and use as you would like with your children. You should be able to copy this image on your printer and print off what size you would like to save it in. If you have any questions leave me a comment. If you want me to send you this file, leave a comment and email address and I will, time permitting. Enjoy!

Half To Whole 2 Piece PUZZLES printable


HALF TO WHOLE 2 PIECE PUZZLES PRINTABLE:

I designed these color puzzles to introduce my toddlers and preschoolers to 2 piece puzzles on half to whole puzzles. I put all of them in a basket and placed them on a tray and child assembles their circles on their tray.

These are for sharing with teachers and parents. They are copyrighted by My HomeMade Montessori Manipulatives and not to be sold, distributed or included in any shape or form in collections for profit.

Feel free to link to my page to share them. Teachers and Parents print off, laminate and use as you would like with your children. You should be able to copy this image on your printer and print off what size you would like to save it in. If you have any questions leave me a comment. If you want me to send you this file, leave a comment and email address and I will, time permitting. Enjoy!

APPLE and TREES 1~20 COUNTING printable



APPLE and TREES 1~20 COUNTING printable:

I designed these to teach my preschoolers 1.) to sequence from 1 to 20 AND to count applese to cards in the number that is requested on the tree in numbers.

These are for personal use. They are not to be given, sold, reposted or included in an collections for profit.
Feel free to link to my page if you want. If you want me to send these to you through an email, just leave a comment and email and time permitting I will do that for you. Enjoy these with your children.

You should be able to click on the picture and save and print from your printer at what size you want to use with your children in your home or classroom.

Alphabet Crowns to print and assemble




Alphabet Crowns to print and assemble:

I designed these to start alphabet introduction. Print, Invite the children to color with light colored crayons, attach strips together and attach after fitting to their headband size. Let them wear them and keep them in their cubbies. Laminating them will help them last longer. They are proud to wear what they have made and recognized an alphabet letter and parents see which letter your working on that week.


These are for personal use. They are not to be given, sold, reposted or included in an collections for profit.
Feel free to link to my page if you want. If you want me to send these to you through an email, just leave a comment and email and time permitting I will do that for you. Enjoy these with your children.







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