1,2,3: Montessori Inspired Number Exploration

Learning numbers is something we all do sooner or later. I am not a big fan of learning too much too early but in my years of teaching experience I noticed that it is between 1+ and 3 years old the little once start showing interest in quantities and counting.

So I am happy to share with you a Montessori Inspired Number Exploration I use with toddlers who are already familiar with counting 1,2,3 and 1,2,3,4,5. This exploration prepares them from pre-writing and writing. And it also gives them a better idea of quantities.

Materials needed:

Number cards with a number in front and dots for quantity at the back

5 shells

5 paint brushes

5 cups

5 popsicles sticks

5 large buttons

And anything else you can think of!

How to explore the numbers:

1. Introduce the numbers or review them by slowing picking up each card and placing in front of your child. Have the child point and repeat.

2. Flip the card and use the dots to count again

3. Flip the cards back. Now take any of the objects and place them one by one on each card counting 1 to 5. Give the child enough time to work with the objects..

4. Flip the cards to the side with dots. Now pick any card with any number, count the dots and pick the same amount of one type of objects (for example, 5 dots – 5 shells), placing them next to the card. Give the child enough time to explore and count.

As an extension, the child can count how many buttons or shells you placed in a cup and find that number. 

You can also “paint” over each number or trace over it with an object to promote pre-writing. 

What is the purpose of this activity?

– Learning counting

– Getting familiar with numbers and quantity

– Logical skills

– Fine motor skills

– Pre-writing

31 Days of ABC 2017 | Alldonemonkey.com

It’s time again for another fantastic month of alphabet fun with the 31 Days of ABC!  All this month you can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.

I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their ideas with us in the coming days. So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!

Find more great resources in our series from past years: 31 Days of ABCs 2013, 2014, and 2016!

Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!

31 Days of ABC

Teaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Early Literacy – Getting Started Teaching the Alphabet

A – October 2

Creative World of Varya: A Is for Aromatherapy for Kids

B – October 3

Hispanic Mama: B Is For Bilingual Baby Books

C – October 4

Witty Hoots: C Is for Cool Fingerprint Castle Keyrings Tutorial

D – October 5

Teach Me Mommy: D Is for Dinosaurs DIY Sensory Bin

E – October 6

E Is for Environmental Print to Develop Literacy

F – October 7

Look! We’re Learning! F Is for Printable Farm Paper Bag Puppets

G – October 8

All Done Monkey: G Is for Go

H – October 9

All Done Monkey: H Is for Hello/Hola

I – October 10

Jeddah Mom: I Is for Ice Cream Craft and Sorting Activity

J – October 11

All Done Monkey: J is for Jirafa (Giraffe) – Spanish Coloring Page

K – October 12

Pennies of Time: K Is for Kindness

L – October 13

Schooling Active Monkeys: L Is for Lion Craft

M – October 14

Sugar, Spice & Glitter: M Is for Madeline Craft

N – October 15

All Done Monkey: N Is for Nature Crafts

O – October 16

Kitchen Counter Chronicles: O Is for Owl Bookmark Printable

P – October 17

Creative World of Varya: P Is for Phonological Awareness in Toddlers

Q – October 18

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Q Is for Quito’s Middle of the World Monument Kids Craft

R – October 19

JDaniel4’sMom: R Is for Decorating Robots in Sensory Bags

S – October 20

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: S Is for Spanish Resources for Kids

T – October 21

Sand In My Toes: T Is for DIY Truck Puzzle

U – October 22

The Educators’ Spin On it: U Is for Unicorn

V – October 23

CrArty: V Is for Van Gogh

W – October 24

My Story Time Corner: W Is for Wheels on the Bus Story Study for Toddlers

X – October 25

In the Playroom: X Marks the Spot – Word and Letter Treasure Hunt

Y – October 26

Teach Me Mommy: Y Is for Yarn Lacing Matching Letters and Words

Z – October 27

Bambini Travel: Z Is for Zoo Animals Learning Activities for All Ages

123’s – October 28

Creative World of Varya: Montessori Inspired Printable

Prewriting – October 29

Witty Hoots

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

Witty Hoots: Top 5 List

Printables – October 31

Royal Baloo and Logi-Bear Too

Creative Tuesday: Pouring small objects

Today’s Creative Tuesday series are inspired by

Pouring Grains Montessori Activity.

Amazingly, this activity was initiated and created by the tots themselves. We started off by having a coloring activity but they suddenly decided they wanted to pour chalk and pieces of crayons. I was amazed and pleased with their creativity! In the past we did the pouring grains activity, but it was almost a year ago and I think subconsciously they made an association and created this variation.

Here’s what you need:

Small objects

2 containers

You can show your child how to put or pour the objects from one container to another or just let him figure it out by himself, like my tots did!

Later I thought of making it a little more complicated. I took paper cups and cut their bottoms off and let the children pour the crayons and chalk through the paper cup to another container.

This activity occupied them for over 30 minutes.

Try it with your tots and let me know what objects you used!