Friday, January 15, 2016

Montessori-Inspired Snowflake Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

I'm continuing my pursuit of activities that will introduce my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, to winter ... even while living in San Diego! Of course, you'll find activities for a variety of ages in my post today ... activities that would work for 2 year olds and some that would even work for first graders. 

You'll find lots of free snowflake printables in my Free Snowflake Printables and Montessori-Inspired Snowflake Activities. Here, I'm sharing some Montessori-inspired snowflake activities using free printables for preschoolers through first graders. 

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools

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Do-a-Dot Snowflakes

Do-a-Dot Snowflakes

Free Printable: Do-a-Dot Snowflakes from Life is Peachy 

This was super easy to prepare. I just printed out the do-a-dot snowflakes on printer paper. I added the snowflakes to a  large plastic tray from Montessori Services along with washable Do-a-Dot markers. My granddaughter loved it!

Snowflake Matching Activity Snowflake Matching Activity Free Printable: Snowflake Matching Cards from PreKinders 

This was also very easy to prepare. You just need to print and cut out the printables. You can laminate them if they'll get a lot of use. 

I like that this matching activity can be very challenging. At the same time, you could use just a few sets of snowflakes for younger children. If you want to make it extra challenging you could add them all to one basket like I did here. Otherwise, you could separate the two sets. 

Snowflake Counting Activity

Snowflake Number Cards

Free Printable: Snowflake Number Mats by Kim from Life Over C's for Playdough to Plato 

I appreciate that this printable uses multicultural children. Zoey couldn't wait to work with this activity. The snowflake gems are especially inviting. (They'll be perfect for a variety of snowflake activities, including snowflake transfer activities.) There are enough in a package to have 55 that are needed for all the number cards. 

I just put the snowflake gems in a glass bowl to make them look especially sparkly and placed them on a Multicraft tray. I used a Montessori Services rug for the layout. This is a bit like Montessori cards and counters except that I didn't place the snowflakes in rows of two to emphasize odd and even.

Snowflake Counting

Snowflake Movable Alphabet CVC Spelling

Snowflake CVC Spelling Basket

Free Printable: Snowflake CVC Center by Eat Pray Travel Teach at Teachers Pay Teachers 

This was also super easy to prepare. It just requires printing out and laminating the cards. I love themed movable alphabet activities as fun extensions for the Montessori movable alphabet.To make it even more like a Montessori movable alphabet, you could trace over the vowels in blue and the consonants in red. 

Snowflake Movable Alphabet CVC Spelling

You can find resources on how to introduce Montessori phonics in my DIY beginning Montessori phonics post

Heart Snowflake Activity

Heart Snowflake Activity 

Free Printable: Sweetheart Snowflake from KinderArt

Free Printable: Heart Snowflake (template #2) from Mia's Craft Ideas 

In the photo, I used the printable from KinderArt. You could make the printable larger by changing the setting on your printer. Whether you enlarge it or not, it's a creative version of snowflake folding and cutting. As children become comfortable with making a snowflake using a pattern, you could introduce the template from Mia's Craft Ideas to give children more ideas for creating heart-shaped snowflakes. 

More Free Snowflake Printables  

Go to my post at Living Montessori Now for links to free snowflake printables from around the blogosphere: Free Snowflake Printables and Montessori-Inspired Snowflake Activities

More Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities 

Montessori-Inspired Winter Themes and Activities

You’ll find many more Montessori-inspired winter activities in my “Montessori-Inspired Winter Themes and Activities.”
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I hope you're having a fun winter!
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Deb Chitwood
Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 40 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and toddler granddaughter live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

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