I love bringing books to life and setting up small world invitations to play. I also like mixing different subjects, and today, we are bringing my children's old favorite Rudolph Lift-the-Tab book (buy here) to life with a math twist.
We are using a traditional Montessori Math material: The 💯Hundred Board (buy here), which consists of a blank board and wooden numbers from 1- 100. The objective is memorization, and an understanding of numbers and their sequence. Also, this material trains the child to work from left to right, top to bottom; while teaching counting and skip counting, number recognition, number sequencing, patterning and much more.
After Adrian assembled The 💯 Board, I offered him Christmas color pom poms and tongs to create and follow a pattern while skipping the numbers by two.
Besides awesome fine motor stimulation the child receives from tonging, this is also a great sequencing activity as the child has to remember the pattern while placing pom poms on the board.
Our friend Rudolph (buy here) will be jumping over one number, thus skip counting by 2.
Adrian decided to follow a three-color pattern: red-green-white.
Tonging pom poms is a great fine-motor exercise.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Lift-the-Tab book (buy here) offers little fingers fun flaps to lift on every page, and also introduces early math counting as flaps are numbered one through twenty-five in a form of an Advent Calendar.
I would say this book is a great addition to your Holiday reading collection for children from two to four years old. Do you have a favorite holiday book?
Also, see here our December activities round-up in a post "🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study."
For more on Montessori 💯 Hundred Board, read here a detailed post, where Adrian (at 3 yo) was working with it.
Here, Julia (7 yo) improvised making a Flower Pattern.
For Holiday inspirations, see below:
See here "St. Patrick's Day☘️ Inspired Four-Leafed Lucky Clover 🍀 on a Montessori 💯 Hundred Board."
And see here "Valentine's inspired – ❤️️💗 Heart 💯 Hundred Board."