Montessori Inspired Easter Activities

Here are a few “back to the basics” Montessori Inspired Easter activities. With their lovely colors and texture, we used jelly beans as our base material with which to work, which, in all honesty was a little challenging given their sweet goodness. Keep an almost 3 year old from popping a few in his mouth and I will send you a medal!

IMG 4952 300x225 Montessori Inspired Easter ActivitiesI purchased these sweet little pots in the dollar section at Target. So I grabbed a tray, a pair of small tongs (or tweezers would work really well) and a bag of jelly beans. Voila. Great for fine motor skill development.

IMG 4959 225x300 Montessori Inspired Easter ActivitiesThis one is a very simple pattern recognition, an important developmental skill for preschoolers, exercise.  I grabbed a piece of yellow card stock and markers to match the jelly bean colors.

IMG 4982 300x225 Montessori Inspired Easter ActivitiesI first showed my son and then worked with him on creating and recognizing the patterns.

IMG 4956 225x300 Montessori Inspired Easter ActivitiesSimple color sorting exercise using the jelly beans and an egg carton.

IMG 4957 300x225 Montessori Inspired Easter ActivitiesA simple counting exercise.

IMG 4978 300x225 Montessori Inspired Easter ActivitiesThe jelly beans made it a bit tricky because they liked to roll. I suggest using contact paper or a tray with indents for the beans.

IMG 4980 300x225 Montessori Inspired Easter ActivitiesOf course many jelly beans after being “tonged”, sorted, counted and poured ended up on our work blanket.

IMG 4981 300x225 Montessori Inspired Easter Activities What I noticed with this organic twist in the exercise is how great the act of picking up the beans, one by one, is for the pincer grip.

Thanks for stopping by my sweet, little blog! I hope we inspired you today! Happy Easter!

Marnie

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Marnie

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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and WhattoExpect.com.

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    • says

      Thanks for visiting Carrots Are Orange, Allison! I actually decided not to include jelly beans tomorrow morning because of the insanity they cause my sons! So definitely no medal on this end! ;-)

  1. says

    Wow, these are amazing ways to use jellybeans without eating them. I tried doing a tot tray like this with my toddler; unfortunately, he did not get the “these aren’t for eating” concept. ;) Oh well, I just switched the jellybeans out for dry beans and he loved the activity. Now you’ve given me even more ideas for beans. Thanks!
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