St Patrick’s Montessori Kids Activities
A hands-on play-based St Patrick’s Montessori Kids Activity Pack for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners to promote fine motor control, literacy, and numeracy skills, as well as scissor practice, spatial awareness, and more!
A hands-on play-based ☘️ St Patrick’s Montessori Kids Activity Pack for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners to promote fine motor control, literacy, and numeracy skills, as well as scissor practice, spatial awareness, and more!
With this 46-page St Patrick’s Montessori Kids Activity Pack, little hands will be busy and minds agile! Just CLICK | PRINT | GO and keep little ones happily engaged in active learning! We all know workbooks are boring! However, children LOVE learning through HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES where little hands are dotting, imprinting, connecting, clipping, matching, and manipulating! Experiential learning or “learning by doing” is an essential constituent of the Montessori teaching method. This pack was carefully designed to stimulate the senses and engage children in ACTIVE learning to support early development. Hands-on activities encourage “experiential” learning, as opposed to the more traditional comparably passive model of lecture and drill exercises. With this St Patrick’s Montessori Pack, repetition is accomplished by having a variety of prompts with which to practice the same concept, thus leading to mastery of the concept. These activities will engage little hands and trigger various skills while young absorbing minds are soaking up information intuitively, spontaneously, and with ease!
*THIS IS A DIGITAL PRODUCT* NO PHYSICAL PRINTED PAPER IS BEING SHIPPED* YOU WILL RECEIVE 46 PAGE PDF
SINGLE-FAMILY USE ONLY
Additional PDF included: Patrick’s STRIP PUZZLE has NEW PAGES 4, 5, 8, and 11 ~ so PRINT ONLY THOSE.
YOU CAN PURCHASE COUNT-AND-CLIP CARDS (included) SEPARATELY HERE.
This St Patrick’s Activity Pack features hand-painted high-quality watercolor images that can be displayed as art!
AGE: 18M – 6 yo+ ⚠️Always supervise your child! Small items are choking hazards!
Having been sharing our hands-on invitations to learn and play on Instagram, I now offer a digital resource you can CLICK | PRINT | GO to save you time from endless research or preparations. My printables are designed to promote ACTIVE HANDS-ON play-based learning, making homeschooling FUN, EDUCATIONAL, and OPEN-ENDED. *If you laminate prior to use, you can use these resources over and over again! AND along with the digital download, you also get to see ACTIVITIES IN ACTION! So, you get a RESOURCE + ways to PLAY at your fingertips!
INSIDE☘️ St Patrick’s Kids Activity Pack
- PAGE 2: [AGE 1 Y+] KIDS NURSERY RHYMES | POETRY ~ I’m a Little Leprechaun. Read this poem to a child periodically. Use PAGE 3 to create puppets and bring a story to life. Research shows that children who have memorized nursery rhymes develop an early sensitivity to language sounds and become better readers.
- PAGE 3: [AGE 2 Y+] DECORATE A SCENE ~ Cut out the elements and place (or glue) them on a background. Optional: tape cutouts to craft sticks to make puppets.
- PAGE 4 – 7: [AGE 18 M +] DO A DOT | FINE MOTOR perfect for toddlers and preschoolers ~ use dot markers, finger paint or a pom pom dipped in paints to fill in St. Patrick’s objects.
- PAGE 8: [AGE 1.5 Y+] PRE-WRITING STROKES | FOLLOW THE LINE | mastering pre-writing strokes ~ see HERE a detailed post explaining pre-writing strokes in details as well as showing you different ways to follow the line. You can also trace in dyed rice or salt. See dyed rice recipe HERE.
- PAGE 9: MONTESSORI NOMENCLATURE 3-Part Cards in a Nutshell and how to use them.
- PAGE 10-13: [2 Y M+] St. Patrick’s WORDS | Enreaching Vocabulary Montessori 3- part cards
- PAGE 14: BLANK CONTROL 5-STRIP PUZZLE for pages 15 and 16
- PAGE 15-16: [AGE 2 Y+] STRIP PUZZLE 1-5 | SPACIAL AWARENESS ~ cut along the dotted lines and invite a child to assemble the cut-strips in order. Control of error is a picture and also the sequential numerical order.
- PAGE 17: BLANK CONTROL 8-STRIP PUZZLE for pages 18 and 19
- PAGE 18-19: [AGE 2.5 Y+] STRIP PUZZLE 1-8 | SPACIAL AWARENESS ~ cut along the dotted lines and invite a child to assemble the cut-strips in order. Control of error is a picture and also the sequential numerical order.
- PAGE 20: BLANK CONTROL 10-STRIP PUZZLE for page 21
- PAGE 21: [AGE 3 Y+] STRIP PUZZLE 1-10 | SPACIAL AWARENESS ~ cut along the dotted lines and invite a child to assemble the cut-strips in order. Control of error is a picture and also the sequential numerical order.
- PAGE 22-25: [AGE 2 Y+] St. Patrick’s Day Montessori 1-12 COUNTING CARDS ~ Invite a child to use clothespins, a stamp, dry erase marker or finger dipped in paint to mark the correct number among the (3) listed, that represent the corresponding quantity of objects pictured.
- PAGE 26: Common Core State Standards
- PAGE 27: One-To-One Correspondence ~ ROTE vs RATIONAL counting
- PAGE 28: [AGE 2 Y+] DOT THE CLOVER | NUMERACY ~ Finger or pom pom paint each clover and count each ALOUD. Connect counting to cardinality and practice numeral to quantity association and One-to-One correspondence.
- PAGE 29: [AGE 2.5 Y+] I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE | LOGIC ~Mark or circle every three-leaf clover. If a clover has three leaves, it is considered a shamrock.
- PAGE 30:[AGE 3 Y+] I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE | LOGIC ~ Find, count, and record cardinality of letters, gold coins, cupcakes, and presents. (The last number name used gives the total number of objects (how many). This is called the cardinal number. Thus cardinality is the total number/quantity of items in a set. (The answer is given in light gray.)
- PAGE 31: [AGE 3 Y+] I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE | LOGIC ~ Find, count, and record cardinality of horseshoes, and hats. (The last number name used gives the total number of objects (how many). This is called the cardinal number. Thus cardinality is the total number/quantity of items in a set. (The answer is given in light gray.)
- PAGE 32 – 36: [AGE 3 Y+] ALPHABET MATCHING | LITERACY ~ MATCH LOWER TO UPPER CASE LETTER PUZZLE. Control of error: each clover set will fit together like a puzzle. Included is the order of presenting the alphabet according to the Montessori Language curriculum. Optional: laminate for durability.
- PAGE 37 -38: [AGE 3 Y+] SHAPE RECOGNITION | GEOMETRY ~ Cut out the shapes from PAGE 38 and match them to the identical shapes on a truck. Optional: laminate the page for durability and offer to trace over with a dry erase marker.
- PAGE 39- 40: [AGE 3 Y+] NATURE SHAPE RECOGNITION | GEOMETRY ~ Cut out shapes from PAGE 40 and match them to NATURE shapes on PAGE 39.
- PAGE 41-42: [AGE 2 YR +] COLOR RECOGNITION | SENSORIAL ~Cut out colorful circles from PAGE 41 and match them to the ones on PAGE 42, by overlaying the one that indicates the correct color name. Start with primary colors first (1st row: yellow, red, and blue primary ) and then introduce secondary (2nd row: green, purple, and orange. Optional: laminate the page after printing and before cutting for durability and multiple uses.
- PAGE 43-45: [AGE 2 YR +] CUTTING STRIPS | SCISSOR SKILLS ✂️ ~ cut along the dotted lines ~ see HERE a detailed post about the proper scissors skills, the progression, and at what age to start introducing scissors.
- PAGE 46: DISCLOSURE | INSTRUCTIONS
PART I: PUPPETS and DO-A-DOT
SEE A BLOG POST WITH DETAILS HERE
Research shows that children who are exposed to poetry and nursery rhymes at a young age, develop an early sensitivity to language sounds and eventually become better readers. And bringing poetry to LIFE with PUPPETS allows for hands-on ACTIVE learning which spurs interest, promotes imagination, and ignites the love of learning! MAKE LEARNING FUN!
Dot-to-dot activities are wonderful for improving hand-eye coordination and visual motor control as a lot of concentration goes into completing a dot-a-dot! A child is also practicing color recognition, shade discrimination, and matching! Working on a dot-to-dot is a great way to strengthen hand and finger muscles in preparation for writing. During early childhood, (18M+) developing vital muscles children will be using throughout their lifetime is crucial. By holding a chunky marker children are practicing rudimentary handwriting skills which are a valuable pre-writing teaching tool. Children learn to discern and create shapes, focus on a grip, and learn how much pressure to apply to the paper. Fisted grip or palmar-supinate grasp is the FIRST pencil grip your 18M + will develop where movement is initiated from the shoulder by holding a marker with a palm and thumb is uppermost. This is an important first pre-writing stage for little ones!
PART II: Montessori Tracing Trays
SEE DETAILED BLOG POST WITH VIDEOS HOW TO HERE.
PART III: St Patrick’s Montessori Counting Cards
SEE DETAILED BLOG POST WITH VIDEOS HOW TO HERE.
YOU CAN PURCHASE COUNT-AND-CLIP CARDS (included) SEPARATELY HERE.
PART IV: I SPY and STRIP PUZZLES
You can either invite a child to assemble loose strips as a puzzle OR glue the strips to the BLANK control chart.
*10-PAGE HANDS-ON St. Patrick’s STRIP PUZZLE has NEW PAGES 4, 5, 8, and 11 ~ so PRINT ONLY THOSE ~ HERE*
GEOMETRY ANd SHAPES
Explore shapes HANDS-ON! Make them from pipe cleaners. Thread pony beads and thread them into shapes! Trace shapes from loose items! Make them from craft sticks!
TIPS AND HACKS TO USE THE PRINTABLE
- To laminate, you can use an IRON instead of a laminating machine. (I am using these thermal laminating pouches). HOW: set your iron at a low temperature, as if you would iron silk. To be safe, place plain paper OVER the laminating sheet and iron over it. (See HERE how I did it making a flower bookmark.)
- Alternatively, you can use sheet protectors and insert your pages into it, and then use a dry erase marker.
- Cut corners can be pointy, so I am using a corner rounder.
- For a quicker and more precise straight cutting, I am using a paper trimmer instead of scissors.
- Buy rainbow dot markers HERE Or buy similar on Amazon HERE.
PRINT on 8.5 x 11″ letter size paper in LANDSCAPE. *Make sure to check off “fit to printable area.”
Follow the instructions on each page.
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💡 WHY HANDS-ON LEARNING?
It allows little people to engage in kinesthetic learning by doing! Hands-on learning is the common name for ‘Experiential Learning’ – the philosophical term behind the method of immersing oneself in a process in order to learn it. Experiential Learning has been around since 350 BCE, when Aristotle wrote, “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”. Most importantly, hands-on learning is uniquely positioned to support or elevate ANY type of learner! Best of all, research has proven that children who learn using hands-on methods with manipulatives outperform those who are not. What are manipulatives? They are physical tools engaging children visually and physically with objects such as figurines, blocks, loose items, etc. The use of manipulatives is constructive because little people are actively engaged in discovery by TOUCHING, TRANSFERRING & MANIPULATING during the learning process.
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