This morning, as soon as Adrian woke up, he rushed to his water activity tray. Today we are trying a funnel. Variations of this activity are endless, but at a minimum you would need an apron, a tray, a cup to pour the water in from a pitcher while using a funnel.
First, I presented the activity to him. He could not wait to try it out by himself.
(1) Spooning water; (2) pouring water into a tiny jug; (3) using a funnel; (4) cleaning up
Being respectful of the environment is such a big part of Montessori education, and I do see how it translates to my son. There is always a sponge on a tray for any water activity, and he is so meticulous in cleaning up any spills. Adrian also insisted on having a crochet doily for this activity. We all love beautiful things, and I see how Montessori education deepens our aesthetic values.
"What about trying without the funnel?"
To me, one of the most inviting aspects of Montessori Philosophy is to "follow the child" & let his/her inclination, passion, and aptitude lead the way. For example, Adrian goes and retrieves few basters he used the day before: initiative is always encouraged in Montessori environment, no matter what age.
household tools + water = fun for a toddler
Read more on Water Transferring Activity using a Baster here.
And Water Transfer via a Sponge here.