how we montessori has a great post on a scavenger hunt for leaves and flowers. I totally borrowed the idea of using a key ring to hold the cards together! She also has a great post for a scavenger hunt for household items starting with the letter C, that I will definitely be trying out on a rainy day.
MontessoriMOMents also has a good idea for combining an outdoor treasure hunt with learning letters. I'm looking forward to trying this when Kale is a bit older.
Activity: treasure hunt
Age: 22 months
Materials: pictures, key ring (originally I planned on having the pictures laminated so we could reuse them, but I'm glad I didn't. Kale liked being able to rip off one picture and hold onto it while we were looking for the item. I think if he had to hold the whole pack, he would have become frustrated with the others getting in the way. I think we'll hold off on laminating future treasure hunt cards until he's older).
Obviously a treasure hunt is not a montessori specific activity - it's just a fun activity! However, we did try to use the montessori three part lesson to help guide things along. About halfway through the hunt, Kris jokingly said, "I'm pretty sure Kale understands about 20% of what is going on right now." He was probably right - but we all had fun anyway!
Part 1: Recognition of identify
We started with one card - a picture of a rock - that I knew would be easy for Kale to find. We looked at the picture on the card and I asked him what he was - "gock!" Then I'd ask him if he could find a real rock. He pointed at the picture again - "gock!" To encourage him, I'd pick up a stick and ask "is this a rock?" "Noooooo...." he'd tell me. "Ok," I'd say, "can Kale find a rock?" And off he'd go....
Part 2: Recognition of contrasts
Once Kale found what he was looking for, we'd ask him to show us the item and then show us the picture.
Part 3: Discrimination between similar objects
When we found two objects that were the similar, we'd ask if they were the same, but different from something else close by. For example - "Is this a hill?" "What about that - is that a hill?"(pointing at two different hills). "What about over there - do you see a hill?" (pointing at a field).
Half way through our walk, Kale started losing interest in the cards and so I put them away and just let him explore on his own.
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