We have had fun in the past incorporating items found at the hardware store in our learning and play activities (March Wind Streamers and Our Own Pulley Investigation), so I was very excited to try this "Practical Life" activity using nuts and bolts.
-Hex Bolts/Nuts in the following sizes: 1/4, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 5/8, and 3/4" along with 5 washers the corresponding sizes for each.
-Container (for storage)
Total cost for the items ended up around $14
Make 3 label cards (in lower case): nuts, bolts, washers.
"Show your child how to separate out the parts with their label cards."
"Show how to find the right washers and put all five on a bolt,
then find the right nut and attach it, turning it to the right. 'Right is tight.' "
"Help as needed with your child gradually taking over. Show your child how the washers stop moving around and tighten down when the nuts are turned all the way down. Your child can also compare how much each set weighs, a Sensorial experience."
"Line up the completed sets as shown for a visual effect, going left to right, a pre-reading skill."
I have always been drawn to Montessori based teaching, blogs, and "toys". Do you incorporate Montessori based activities into your daily play/lesson plans? What are your favorite Montessori inspired blogs?