Spring and 🐣Easter are in the air, and children are excited to start our themed activities which add a fun dimension to the otherwise mundane numbers learning. In a Montessori Math curriculum, in the beginning, a numeral (which is an abstract representation of a quantity) is always accompanied by an actual quantity so that the child can learn to associate the abstract concept of number "4" with a quantity it represents, for example of four 🐣🐣🐣🐣eggs.
To solidify the concept, Adrian is also using traditional Montessori Sandpaper Numbers (buy here), which add a tactile dimension to the activity. As the child traces the number, s/he is indirectly preparing the hand for writing. We are using these number templates available as a free pack from www.LivingMontessoriNow.com.
Although Adrian recognizes numbers visually, he needs to practice writing them.
Adrian loves using 1 2 3 Count with Me Trace-and-Flip Fun! book. By running a finger along large grooved numbers, a child can explore each shape. Colorful lift-the-flaps on every sturdy page further reinforce easy learning. Each board page features a number (1 through 20) which a child can trace with a finger, along with opening flaps to lift and find a surprise with bright illustrations.
Placing stickers, while tracing a number's shape, promotes fine motor control and it is fun! Here, Adrian is tracing each number template with sparkly dot stickers. A younger child can use a single color sticker, or offer to choose a multi-color pattern for older children. Adrian chose a two-color-pattern to match the colors of the eggs.
You can use any counters with this activity: bunnies, carrots, birds, flowers, etc. This activity can also be themed almost for any holiday: simply switch eggs for Christmas Trees, or pumpkins, or Valentine's hearts.
p.s. For more details on Montessori Math curriculum read here a post "Montessori Math Simple ➕ Addition" which gives a summary of What is Montessori Math?
For holiday Easter activities, see here an entire roundup in a post 🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study.