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Six Easy Activities - using printables from Etsy for 3-5yrs+.

Six Activities to Try - from Missy Montessori (3-6yrs+)

Montessori activities at four years Missy Montessori printable sheets

weather chart / movable animals / handwriting cards / animal lengths / insect tracing / read/draw/write

I recommend following  Marissa at Missy Montessori as she shares lots of classroom activities that can be used at home - without needing specific Montessori materials. Lots of her classroom ideas use printables from her online store. Many of these activities can also be DIYed, especially if you are good at illustration. Here are some of the Missy Montessori activities we've been using recently with our preschooler (4yrs). 

Missy Montessori Weather Chart at How we Montessori

Weather Chart - we can use this every day as part of our daily rhythm or as a part of a weather unit. The child cuts out the weather icons and selects an icon each day that represents the weather that day.

Montessori weather chart at four years How we Montessori

Each day we look outside and select the most appropriate weather icon. We put glue on the weather chart. I find the blue glue sticks work best for preschoolers, they can easily see where the glue is.

Montessori weather chart at four years How we Montessori

Then stick on the weather icon. It's fun to look back on the week and see what the weather has been like. ☀️⛅️🌧

Movable turtle cut out Missy Montessori at How we Montessori

Movable Animals - this requires the child to colour in the animal, cut the animal out and then assemble the animal using a hole punch and paper fasteners.  Uses lots of fine motor skills.

Movable animal parts turtle at how we Montessori

My preschooler loves to make and play with animals and shapes like this. You can see a previous activity using paper fasteners here. We use Groove Triple and Woody colour pencils and small Noris Club scissors.

Wipe down letters for tracing at How we Montessori

Handwriting Cards - these are not needed by all children, and I plan to use them with the letters my child is struggling with. While I've printed many of the letters, I've only laminated s, a, m, e, and b. I recommend using sandpaper letters and a sand tray first. 

Missy Montessori wipe down tracing alphabet letters are How we Montessori Otto Four years

We use a colour marker that wipes off, but a dry-erase marker might be best. 

Wipe down tracing letters at How we Montessori cards by Missy Montessori Otto4 yrs

's' is super tricky for young children to master. Missy Montessori also has similar number writing cards


How long are the animals by Missy Montessori at how we Montessori cards

Animal Lengths - this is a fantastic idea! The cards feature various animals and are labelled with the animal's length in real life. We print and cut out the animals and then attach string/ribbon/yarn the length the animal would be in real life. 

How we Montessori animal lengths

I presented all the animals at once but we could also present them one at a time if we were looking at one animal/region.

How we Montessori animal lengths

This was also a huge hit. My child could not believe how big some of the animals are. This activity could be taken outside, so there is more space to measure out the animals. I would love to do this with dinosaurs too. There are lots of extension ideas for this activity, we initially looked at which animal is shortest, longest, second shortest etc.

Tracing activity butterfly at How we Montessori for four years

Insect Tracing - I've presented this with colour markers, paper clips, and white paper to be used on a light table. However, Missy Montessori demonstrates this using tracing paper, mini pegs and without a light table.

Missy Montessori butterfly tracing activity

We put the white paper over the butterfly image and secure it with paper clips. The child puts the paper on the light table (similar light table here, we used a TickiT light table in the UK) to trace. My older children loved tracing but at around 5-6yrs. Surprisingly Otto loved tracing this at 4yrs. He was surprised when he took the image off the light table and could see his own work! 

Missy Montessori tracing activity at four years

The child traces the image. 

Missy Montessori tracing activity at four years

Here is the magic! The child can see their own drawing! 

Read and Draw pages at How we Montessori

Read/Draw/Write - this was a bit of a risk as my four-year-old is very much a beginner reader, and it ended up being a huge hit. He can almost put together c-v-c words with a bit of guessing. So we used these read/draw/write sheets together, and he absolutely loved it. I slowly read the words, and he read/guessed the words that he could. He is really into drawing, so he was happy to draw the word underlined. 

Here Otto (4yrs) uses the blue BIC beginner pencil, but he also often uses the Ferby Short Tri Grip graphite pencils

Montessori read draw write by Otto 4 years (1)

There are a few activity pages and a blank page in this set, and I know this will be an activity we will enjoy for a long time. 

Most of these activities are presented on an Ikea bamboo tray. We use these trays a lot for art and kitchen activities, they nicely hold A4 sheets of paper. While the tray edges are low and don't have a handle, they are affordable and easy for the child to work in. 

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