Sassyfras and Juiciness know the names of numbers through 10, rote count well, and can count objects. However, I realized that they weren't associating numbers with their proper quantities.
To help them practice, I took a muffin pan and placed muffin liners with numbers 0-10 in it. Then I counted out the exact number of Hershey Kisses they would need to finish it correctly and set them in a separate bowl. When they finished, they could eat the Hershey Kiss in the last spot...just one a day though.
As you can imagine, it was a popular work. We mostly did this together, but I think they are getting the idea.
This is a punch pin set that I purchased from a Montessori supply website. We tried this activity about six months ago and they weren't able to do it, so I put it away for a bit. Sassyfras is starting to write, so I brought it out again. She couldn't trace the cookie cutter, but she could do the punch pin now!
Over the course of preschool and kindergarten, Little J did poster board size maps of the US, all the continents, and world using a punch pin set. I was amazed every time he finished a map, I don't think I would have the patience!
She really liked her heart. I wonder if she would like to do her valentines like this???
Linking to: Montessori Monday at Living Montessori Now, The Sunday Showcase, The Play Academy, What's On the Tray Wednesday