We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
— Maria Montessori
An Activity Table

An Activity Table

Here's a quick idea for a rainy day (or a slow day or a no-nap day)! 

I set up some stations around our train table and just let Alexander go through them at his own pace! MY plan was for him to go in order but HIS idea was just to do certain stations at different times, and that is okay with me.

The original idea was to do an obstacle course, but I ended up only really having one full-body sort of movement. Alas, we have an activity table instead. 

Here's a quick rundown of each station:

  1. Water pouring. I had a giant water pouring jug that's intended for gardening And on the floor, I had a mixing bowl. It was a different sort of water pouring that he really enjoyed.
  2. A basic "things that go" puzzle.
  3. Train ramp. I just set up a trash can on the floor, and he pushed the trains down the ramp until they went into the trash can.
  4. Ball reach. I put some balls into a container, a second container further onto the table, and a step stool on the ground. He had to step up and reeeeach to put the balls into the bucket.
  5. State shape matching. I just picked out 5 US states from our USA map puzzle, and I traced them onto a sheet of paper. He simply had to match them up!
  6. Color sorting. I put a few colored blocks in a 3-part sorter. And he was supposed to match colors. Instead, he built towers. :)
  7. Animal object-to-picture matching. I picked out 5 animals and their corresponding cards (I had these made from a while back), and he just had to match them!

All in all, he did every station at least once, though not in order. It was definitely a success. He went back hours later and poured water some more!

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