Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Montessori-Inspired Bell Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

Two things I love are Christmas and music. Today, I've combined them with musical bell activities and Christmas bell activities. Some of these activities can be used year-round while others are designed for Christmas. 

I have a post at Living Montessori Now with free bell printables - both general bells and Christmas bells. 

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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Handbells and Musical Notes Handbells and Musical Notes Free Printable: Preschool Handbells: New-Sew Felt Musical Notes and Printables from Imagine Our Life 

For this activity, I used a Multicraft tray and set of 8 handbells.

Handbells and Musical Notes Layout 

I would just lay out the musical note cards and have the child match the bells to the cards. You could have children who are able place the notes and bells in order from lowest to highest. (Note: I use a Montessori Services rug on the floor for the layout, although you could use a long piece of felt on a table.) 

Jingle Bells Song Tray Jingle Bells Song Tray  

Free Printable: Jingle Bells Music Color Coded by MontessoriSoul 

For this activity, I used a Multicraft tray, a small tabletop easel, and the 5 lowest bells from the handbell set. 

My 3-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I played "Jingle Bells" together with each of us using more than one bell. We had a great time with it! 

Jingle Bell Counting and Transfer Activity 
Bell Counting and Transferring Activity

Free Printable: Jingle Bell Numbers (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 

For this activity, I used a a Montessori Services medium-size tray, sugar tong, and exact number of bells to match a number card. I purchased a set of 144 ½" gold bells to use for a number of activities. You could choose any number from 1-10, whether it's to reinforce the number symbol or concept of counting. 

The sugar tong (or whatever tool you use) adds fine-motor work to the counting activity. 

Counting and Transferring Jingle Bells
Zoey loved using the sugar tong to place the bells in a line.

DIY Jingle Bell Cards and Counters DIY Bell Cards and Counters

Free Printable: Jingle Bell Numbers (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 

I used a Montessori Services medium-size tray, the number cards for 1-10, and 55 of the ½" gold bells.

I like to lay out my numbers and counters in the traditional Montessori way of rows of two counters with a left-over counter centered below the bottom row. This gives a visual impression of odd and even. For more about creating DIY numbers and counters and a link on how to present the lesson, check out my DIY Cards and Counters post. 

Bell Cards and Counters Layout

Bell Multiplication Board Activity 

Bell Multiplication Tray Free Printable: Multiplication with Bells Printable from Carol of the Bells Pack at Every Star Is Different 

Free Printable: Math Facts Board Multiplication from Livable Learning 

For this activity, I used a Multicraft tray, 27 of the bells for multiplication facts through 9x3, a small red bell for the top of the multiplication "board", Bambu large condiment cup for the bells, small Bambu condiment cup for other pieces, and a miniature clothespin. I prepared the activity to solve one multiplication problem at a time with the materials.

I had fun preparing this activity to add interest and hands-on learning to multiplication!

Multiplication Board with Bells Layout  

To see how to use a multiplication board, check out the post at Montessori Print Shop on how to use the Montessori multiplication bead board. For this, we're just using bells instead of beads! You could even use a bath mat as suggested if you use small enough bells! 

Or use the free printable I used from Livable Learning. It also has directions to help you prepare the activity. 

Jingle Bell Lane Game for Short E or Long A Words Jingle Bells Lane Game for Short E or Long A WordsFree Printable: Jingle Bell Lane Game by JK Curriculum Connection at Teachers Pay Teachers 

I used a Montessori Services large plastic tray, dice, and gold and silver bells for place holders. This is simply a fun way to reinforce phonics for beginning readers.

More Free Bell Printables

Go to my post at Living Montessori Now for links to free bell printables from around the blogosphere: Free Bell Printables and Montessori-Inspired Bell Activities. And be sure to subscribe to my email list if you'd like to get an exclusive free printable each month (plus two more awesome freebies right away): Free Printables.

December Holiday Posts at Living Montessori Now + December Pinterest Boards

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I hope you have a great time focusing on music and/or Christmas! :) Deb - Siganture
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 41 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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1 comment:

  1. Wow, these math activities are super nice. There are many newbie preschool teachers out there who are just not sure about the activities that helps in overall development of kids but it is not difficult at all and all you need to do is to take few moments out of your day to teach them and for further help there are wonderful websites like kidsfront.com that can help you out. http://www.kidsfront.com/math-activity/1.worksheet.html


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