Recently I have been researching Montessori activities to do with Kodi. We already have incorporated many of the concepts into our daily routine. I by no means follow it exactly, it is more like Montessori-ish lessons.
I have come across on numerous posts on various blogs on pouring lessons, and thought that pouring beans sounded like a fun lesson that Kodi would respond to. I loved that it would work his brain, his fine motor skills, and that it was tactile. Kodi is all about feeling things, and even better there might be a sound to it.
With Montessori you are suppose to present to the child how to do the activities, and all things are presented left to right to encourage reading. I first presented the activity to Kodi to scoop with a teaspoon from one bowl to the next. But I messed up and they were right to left– like I said Montessori-ish.
Kodi was engaged in the lesson for well over 20 minutes. It did morphed into pouring from one bowl to the next. But my philosophy is that it is the process of engagement, concentration, and control are what matter right now, not if he is following to the letter what the activity is suppose to be. The only rule for me was that he had to keep it on the table– so no pouring onto the floor.
And he even started sorting out the beans that were not whole! As he handed them to me he made a face like “These don’t belong!”
A word on safety– do not leave your young one alone with beans– common sense but I feel like I should still say it. They are small which means that can put them in the ears, nose, and worse end up choking on them.
To see all of the photos from the pouring session, click on the thumbnails below.
I am looking forward to trying this again with maybe a larger bowl and a metal bowl or something that will allow for more sound when he pours.