Le Carnaval

Monday, May 3, 2010

Recently we visited a carnival that had traveled into town.  It wasn't a circus, just rides, games, and the yummy kind of foods that are only sold out of mobile booths with lights.  I slid down the Super Slide on a potato sack.  Twice.  I watched my children discover the strange experience of being lost in a hall of mirrors, and my wonderful husband teaching them how to feel their way out (after we had a few bumped noses). 
I can't wait to do it again.

Thanks to elisaann and her beautiful treasury, my Tea at the Beach photograph made it to the front page of Etsy this morning.  She has a beautiful shop, please stop by and check it out!

Image Credit: Public Domain

Here is an easy Montessori activity for the day, using things you already have....
Containers & Lids!
Time to raid your pantry, recycle bin, etc.  Gather up a variety of containers and keep the lids!
  Good choices include baby food jars, peanut butter jars, different sizes and shapes of Tupperware containers, fabric softener bottles with screw-top lids, plastic gallon jugs for milk or water, pickle jars, coffee cans (make sure there are no sharp edges inside the can), cardboard oatmeal cylinder with lid, spice jars, parmesan cheese container lids with the shaker holes,  and butter tubs. 
Next, wash out the containers and lids and allow them to dry.
Then, it is time to begin!  You may present the activity to your child beginning with the lids on.  Show them how to take off the lid, and the correct method to put the lid back on the container.  With a variety of shapes and sized containers, there will also be a variety of motor skills the child will practice in order to put the lids back on (twist, snap, press, etc.).
 Once your child is able to take off and replace the lids by themselves, spread out the assortment of lids and mix them up on the floor, table, or tray in front of the child.  The child can then match them back up with the correct container and replace the lid.  This may require some trial and error, but that is part of the fun!
The lids can also be used later for tracing around, printing with (by dipping them in paint and pressing onto a piece of paper), or as cooking cutters when working with homemade salt dough or Play Doh.
Have fun!
Stay tuned for my very FIRST Featured Seller interview, with a shop owner who creates beautifully sweet items, and is likewise beautifully sweet herself. 
I will also be having my first giveaway soon.  More details to come.



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