I am so in love with this Montessori Fine Motor Skills work. This project is included in my Montessori album. It is an original work for me. I hope you enjoy.
I created a mini clothesline for an assignment in my Montessori Training to include within my Practical Life Album. It was easy and fun.
Montessori Fine Motor Skills Activity
Concept Isolated: How to transfer materials with the use of clothespins to develop small muscle control
Age: 3 to 6 years old
Materials: Mini Clothesline using 4 wooden dowels, a wooden base and twine, mini felt shirts, mini 1 ¾ inch cloths pins, two boxes one containing the shirts and the other containing the cloths pins. This activity can also be done with small baskets and other types of small boxes.
Child: Chair and tray procedure, Spooning, Tweezing, Open & Close Containers
Teacher: Materials to construct Mini Clothesline, choose boxes in order to place objects
- Remove Mini Clothes Line activity from shelf.
- Use two hands to slowly carry the Mini Clothes Line to work mat
- Take two boxes from the cloths line and place to the left of the clothesline describing for each material: “this is a wooden box”.
- Point to square box and say, “This box opens.” Lift the box. Open and close the box. End with “close”.
- Point to the rectangular box and say, “This box opens.” Lift the box. Point to clasp and say, “clasp”, then point to plug and say, “plug.” Open and close the box. End with “close”.
- Open square box and put lid under the box. “Open.”
- Open clasp of rectangular box saying “Open.”
- With the dominant hand lift a felt shirt from the square box and say, “Fabric. This shape looks like a shirt. Want to feel it?” Hand the fabric to child if he would like to feel the fabric.
- Place felt shirts one by one left to right next to Mini Clothes Line until the box is empty. Pause. Look in the box to make sure you the box is empty.
- Move to the rectangular box. With the dominant hand pick up a clothespin and say, “This is a clothespin. This is fabric.” Using the three-finger grip open and close the clothespin saying, “Open. Close.” As you open and close the pin. Ask the child if he would like to open and close the pin. Ask the child to return the clothespin to you.
- Match clothespin with appropriate shirt by color; exaggerate looking as you locate the match.
- Using the three-finger grip, grasp the twine and the felt shirt together, then pinch the clothespin to pin the shirt onto the twine. Move slowly and exaggerate these movements. Continue until you have found all the matches.
- Once the clothespins are all hanging neatly on the clothesline, pause, take a look in each box to make sure we got all the pins and shirts.
- Then slowly begin to unpin the shirts. Place the pins in the rectangular box and the felt shirts in the square box.
- Once the pins and shirts have been removed entirely from the clothesline, close each box (with a “Close”).
- Place the boxes back onto the wooden base of the clothesline.
- Carry the clothesline back to the shelf and place back onto the tray.
- Say to the child, “Would you like to try?”
- Child must carry the clothesline steady & straight or the boxes will slide off
- Number of shirts match number of clothespins
- Shirt will fall if not pinned properly on line
- Pinching wrong end of the clothespin
Points of Interest:
- Feeling the texture of twine and of felt shirts
- Seeing the color of and shapes of shirts
- Open and closing boxes
- Open and closing the clothespins
- Lining up clothespins
- Element of surprise of “what’s inside the box?”
- Preparation of writing
- Clothes washing using clothespins
- Strengthening three finger grip
Language: clothespin, clasp, plug, open, close, felt, fabric, twine, spotted, striped
- Other work using clothespins for counting and hanging clothes to dry
- Mix up the clothespins with texture and size
- Use a variety of clips to clip every day items like a bag of crackers, paper on an easel
- Use different numbers of shirts and pins
Let me know if you have any questions about the language I used in this lesson. Please comment, I love hearing from you!
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