Posted in Farm Animals, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Montessori, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

Object to Picture Matching- Montessori Pre-Reading Activity for Toddlers

Object to Picture Matching is the next step in Pre-Reading skills. Like object to object matching, it develops vocabulary skills and also abstraction – toddlers make a connection, that the object they have in their hand is what they see in the picture.

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 What you need

  • Picture cards
  • Matching objects

How to

  • We have an animals book which is my LOs favourite. They always match the animals from toob to the pictures in the book. We have also done it with other books- shapes, fruits & vegetables, construction vehicles etc. Every time, they name the object before the match is made.
  • You could pick pictures and objects according to your childs interest – like cars, construction vehicles, birds, fruits & vegetables, animals, little people etc.
  • If you cant find pictures of objects you have, you can always click a picture, print it, laminate and cut.

Miss D(2.5) finds it very interesting to match the objects to the picture. Every time she makes a match, she gets so excited. We name each object as we make the match.Miss A(3.5) is old enough to match perfectly. So we have improvised the activity, by naming the animal sounds, where they live, what is their favourite food etc. Same with fruit & vegetables- whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable. If its a bird – where they live, on a farm or in wild etc.

Posted in Farm Animals, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Montessori, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

Object to Object Matching – Montessori Pre-Reading Activity for Toddlers

Matching skills are very important. They help develop visual discrimination & concentration skills necessary for reading. Object to Object matching is the first step in Pre-reading skills. It helps in language development & is perfect for young toddlers.

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What you need

  • A basket of matching objects – i usually use animals toobs or pretend fruit and vegetables for this activity.

How to

  • Take out the objects one at a time, name them and place on a tray.
  • Let your kids repeat the names of the object.
  • Now take the second set of items and let your kids name each object and match it.
  • If your kids do not remember the name, review again.

I used to do this activity with Miss A(3.5)& Miss D(2.5) when they were around 2yrs. D still enjoys this activity. Infact, we did this today. You could introduce this as early as 15 months depending in your kids ability.A & D love to pair up their animals when they pretend play. They come up with stories about each animal family. If they have more of the same animals, the biggest of all becomes dad, the next becomes mom, then comes the baby animals. If we have just two of each, the big one becomes mom and the other baby. πŸ™‚

Posted in DIY, Fall Activities, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Halloween Activities, Home Decor, Pumpkin Activities

DIY Glitter Pumpkins – Toddler Friendly

Glitter Pumpkins is a simple & easy way to decorate the pumpkin. Bonus, its kid friendly. This looks absolutely gorgeous when done and is a perfect fall decor, indoors or outdoors. Kids of all ages will have fun making them. πŸ˜€

What you need

  • Pumpkin 
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter 

How to

  • Let your kids apply glue on the pumpkin using paintbrush. 
  • Sprinkle glitter over the glue. Let it dry.
  • Use your creativity to make patterns with different color glitters or add sequins, stones to it – The possibilities are endless. πŸ‘

Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity. They applied glue on the pumpkin and Miss A sprinkled the glitters over it. We let it dry overnight and put it outside on the patio table. It been a couple of weeks now and it still looks perfect! πŸ˜€ We used a tray for our activity to hold glitter spills. You could also take this outside to avoid the mess.

Posted in Fall Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Halloween Activities, Pumpkin Activities

Pumpkin Dots – Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

Pumpkin Dots is a simple fall activity for toddlers – a cute way to decorate the pumpkins while developing hand-eye coordination, concentration, pincer grasp & color recognition skills.

What you need

  • Pumpkin
  • Round labels/Stickers
  • Markers

How to

  • Make dots on the pumpkin using markers.
  • Let your LOs place the stickers on the dots. 
  • You could also use colored markers and labels – let your kids match the colors or use black labels to make a cute Halloween  decor.

I put up this activity for Miss D(2yrs) because she was feeling left out when Miss A(3yrs) was working on Pumpkin Alphabet Match activity. D was so happy when i gave her the labels to stick on the pumpkin. She covered all the dots perfectly & was able to do it with no help. She repeated this activity by placing matching labels on the ones already stuck on the pumpkin – color matching. πŸ‘ My LOs loved this activity and repeated it on mini pumpkins using princess stickers. They call it Sticker Pumpkins πŸ˜€

Posted in Fall Activities, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Learning Alphabets, Pumpkin Activities

Pumpkin Alphabet Match

Pumpkin Alphabet Match is a fun way for kids to learn their alphabets. This unique alphabet activity is perfect for fall and is great for upper case & lower case letter recognition. Also you can extend the activity to learn phonics. πŸ‘

What you need

  • Pumpkin
  • Permanent Marker
  • Round stickers/ Labels

How to

  • Write the uppercase alphabets on the pumpkin using the permanent marker.
  • Write the lowercase alphabets or uppercase alphabets on the stickers/labels.
  • Let your LOs match the letter on the label and place it over the matching letter on the pumpkin.

    Miss A(3yrs) is learning her alphabets and this activity was a great way for her to practice letter recognition. We did uppercase alphabets on both pumpkin & stickers and she matched the alphabets with no help. Everytime she matched the letter she would say what it is and what color the sticker is. Once done, we counted the stickers to find which color we have more. We also played a game, “Find Something” – She would try to find something the begins with the alphabet from her toys, bonus points if shes able to color match with the sticker. For eg. She picked green capsicum for the letter C because it was on the green label, Red Apple for the letter A. πŸ˜€ The stickers can be easily removed, so it can be played over and over again. Soon we will be doing lowercase alphabets on the stickers to match the uppercase alphabets.

      Posted in Fall Activities, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Halloween Activities, Painting & Coloring Activity, Pumpkin Activities

      Pumpkin Painting – Toddlers & Preschoolers

      Pumpkin Painting is a simple and fun activity for kids of all ages. Even the littlest one can do this if they can handle a paint brush.

      What you need

      • Mini Pumpkin
      • Paint
      • Glue (optional)

      How to

      • Wash the pumpkins and dry them using a washcloth or paper towel.
      • Give paint, brush and let your LOs paint the pumpkins as they desire.
      • Use tempera paint or washable paint for this project. Easy to wash off. We used washable paint. 
      • Mix school glue with paint (1:1), if you want it to last because paint starts to flake off after a couple of days.

      Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed painting the pumpkins. They always finish their painting activities by doing a messy hand painting (thats one reason why i did not add glue to the paint) but to my surprise they did not even attempt to do it this time. They asked for more pumpkins instead. They ended up painting 2 each.. Perfect for a simple evening activity. I loved how the painted pumpkins looked after they were dry. πŸ˜€ You can also carve your painted pumpkins for a cute halloween decor. 

      Posted in Fall Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

      Fall Sensory Bin

      Last week it was all rain and no sunshine for us. We had to keep all our activities indoors. I personally like sensory bins for kids because they offer practical life skills, play skills, language development all while experiencing the five senses – touch, sight, sound, taste, smell. I love fall and its colors. I put up a simple fall theme sensory bin and my LOs simply loved it. 

      What you need

      What we used for fillers

      • Corn Kernels
      • Silk Fall leaves
      • Acrylic Fall leaves
      • Acrylic Acorns 
      • Decorative Pumpkins
      • Decorative Squash
      • Pine Cones
      • Decorative Indian Corn
      • Mini Craftsticks (the fig sticks were a little rough & sharp so i used mini craftsticks)

      What tools we used to play

      • Measuring cups
      • Spoons
      • Tongs
      • Muffin pan
      • Bowls
      • Small plastic cups
      • Baking cups

      How to

      • Add all the fillers into a bin. We used a clear storage bin this time. It really brings out the bright fall colors.
      • Add some kitchen tools to it and Invite your kids to play.

        Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) enjoyed playing with this sensory bin. Miss A was busy baking cupcakes for us and also we did some pretend cooking and food tasting. Gotta say it was yummy πŸ˜€. Miss D loved to touch and feel the corn kernels and everything in the bin. She filled the muffin pan with some kernels and started shaking it to hear the sound it made. Also she liked the acrylic leaves and acorns. She picked them using tongs and tried to sort them. We spoke about different colors in the bin and also about each item – what they are, how they felt, shape, size… We used a sheet for easy clean up. After playing with it, just store the corn kernels in a ziploc or a storage container and you can repurpose it for future play activities. πŸ‘

        This is an open ended activity. Kids can use their imagination and play with the bin. My kids played with it all day. We even brought it out on a sunday evening and played with it for few hours. All the fillers we used were from dollar store except the decorative indian corn & corn kernels which we got from our local store. Let us know what you would add to your fall sensory bin. 😊