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We watched as the school’s director filled a wooden tray with sand and then used two fingers to draw a large letter. He explained that young children may have difficulty with fine motor skills (like controlling a pencil,) but from a young age, they can write using their entire hand.
With a little shake, the sand was smooth again. And the slate was ready for a new letter!
This kind of hands-on learning and innovative thinking is what attracted us to the Montessori method.
We made our own fine motor sand-writing tray for the kids to use at home using a bottle of colored yellow sand from Hobby Lobby which we put into a dollar store rectangular baking tin. (*If you have pets, use a pan with a lid.)
Our daughter is old enough to practice writing Sight Words using Sight Word Cards as a guide.
For our 3 year old son, we set out cards with shapes so he can practice drawing shapes in the sand, too.
And, what kid doesn’t love to just touch sand?
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Bio: Trica is a blogger and mom of two at Critters and Crayons. Find her Collaborative Montessori-Inspired Activities And Ideas Pinterest Board for more great ideas!
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