If an elephant can paint, then my 2-and-a-half-year-old can water-paint (trace over) the numbers I had written on a blackboard with chalk.
Elephants are proven to be highly intelligent mammals. This elephant is painting an art completely independently.
Art painted by elephants. (The picture is provided by my Mom, Thailand.)
Since this activity involves 💧water, Adrian would put on his Montessori apron (buy here), which affords a toddler complete independence and confidence since there is no fastening, tying, or buttoning involved.
All done and ready to trace numbers with water!
Adrian is "water writing" over chalk numbers using a paint brush.
In this process, Adrian is learning numbers' shapes while practicing fine-motor skills.
I believe that if you make learning fun, inviting and hands-on, your child is more likely to be engaged in a subject which might otherwise seem not very exciting. Learning effortlessly, with grace, and caring on the love of learning are the goals of Montessori education.