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Hammer & Nails
Great idea for an outdoor Practical Life activity!…shared by UMA graduate Kelda Adair, director of Gardenview Montessori School in Bellingham, WA.
- 1 large tree stump
- 1 sturdy hammer
- 1 basket with large-headed nails
- 1 set of goggles
- 1 very serious and eager child!
Developmental Purposes are:
- Hand-eye coordination (aiming hammer at center of nail)
- Small muscle control (grasping nails)
- Order (planning the motions)
- Concentration (holding hammer and nail, one in each hand)
- Independence (self-chosen activity without assistance)
- Self confidence (“I did it myself!”)
Sensorial benefits are:
- Smell, Sight, and Feel of the natural wood
- Sound of hammering (on wood & nail)
- Opportunities to experience all the other sounds, smells, tastes, feel, and sights of nature all around.
- Ahhhh…breathing fresh air, the calming rhythm of the activity, and so much more!
In the Montessori classroom, we do not “pretend” to pour tea from a plastic tea pot into a plastic cup. We use real porcelain, cloth napkins…and everything beautiful. Here is a Practical Life “pouring” activity submitted by UMA student, Nurcan Acar Soydan from Turkey. This tea set includes a special doily, hand crochet by her mother 45 years ago. Lovely and inviting.