When Annabelle’s beloved babysitter came over last week, I used the time to head over to our classroom and change the work out for Valentine’s Day. It was so much fun for me, and the children seemed inspired by the new work. Changing out a large amount of work at once to welcome a seasonal change will forever be one of my most favorite things to do. I always feel giddy watching the eager hands reaching for new activities, and standing back to watch and see who will engage with what, and what will bring who to have a moment of concentration. I even enjoy seeing the occasional flop. My observations don’t always lead me to the perfect work ideas the first time, after all.
It’s nothing spectacular, and all of our work is tailored to the 2.5-3 year old, new to Montessori set right now, but I wanted to share.
Note: The idea for this cutting exercise comes from Counting Coconuts via Living Montessori Now. It has been hugely popular, but about half of the children, perhaps more, peel the stickers off and place them elsewhere. This is a great fine motor exercise, too, so I haven’t redirected it, but I may switch this out for something else soon, as I’m starting to find stickers decorating various things around the classroom. The outside of some of the containers in our opening and closing work have been a popular home for them. As a first cutting presentation, this is great, though.
I also replaced our blue play dough with red and if I can get back out shopping, would love to get a heart shaped cutter for the dough, some festive beads to replace the ones we currently have in our threading work, and some small themed objects to place inside the containers in our opening and closing work as a new point of interest.
What’s on your Valentine’s Day shelves? I’d love to hear or see!