Montessori’s practical life has a specific sequence of lessons. However, one of the greatest parts of learning practical life skills is the variations you can bring into your home and classroom. Not to mention the FACT that there are numerous opportunities to create work for your child right at your fingertips at home. Lemon squeezing is one example! A fantastic fine motor skills activity for your practical life shelves.
I placed two bowls, two halves of a lemon and a lemon squeezer on a tray in our activity area. We talked about how two halves make a whole. We also talked about how we use lemons, how the fruit grows on trees, the different parts of the lemon, and even the color. I showed him once how to use the squeezer.
Fine Motor Skills – Lemon Squeezing
He is a boy after his father’s lemon loving heart and seemed to know exactly what to do with the lemon. By the way, warming the lemon in a microwave for 15 seconds helps make the lemon easier to squeeze. Remember to move left to right to start honing those pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
Easy Fine Motor Skills Activity
I helped him slightly with his precision.
Squeeze into one bowl and then the other.
One half then the other.
I love this shot.
He was a natural.
Then, of course, he poured from bowl to bowl.
He tasted the lemon. So we talked about the taste of “sour”.
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