I’m excited to share with you 6 Montessori Inspired Patriotic tot trays that can be enjoyed with a toddler or preschool aged child.
Pompom Tong Transfer and Pouring Activity
Of all the Patriotic activities that I put together for Little Bee, this pompom transfer and pouring activity was his favorite. I used large sparkly blue pompoms and an easy to grasp child-sized pair of tongs. Little Bee loved pinching the pompoms with the tongs and then transferring them from a bowl into a child-sized white pitcher. (The white pitcher was brought from IKEA.) After Little Bee had filled up the pitcher with the pompoms, then he picked up the pitcher and poured the pompoms back into the bowl. He repeated this activity over and over again.
Q-tip Flag Dot Painting
I found this free patriotic do-a-dot flag printable at the Tot Schooling blog. Little Bee enjoyed using a Q-tip to transfer red finger paint to each white dot on this fun flag printable. He was careful to find and paint every white dot. This activity is wonderful for hand-eye coordination and practicing the pincer grasp.
Patriotic Clothespin Fine Motor Activity
Little Bee really enjoyed this patriotic clothespin activity that concentrated on his fine motor skills. In the photos below, you can see that he is has a look of determination and focus as he masters the opening and closing of the clothespins while attaching them to the edge of a cup. (The stuffed animal in his lap is his beloved ostrich who “helps” him accomplish his Montessori works.)
These free prewriting practice printables are from the 3 Dinosaurs blog and are a great way to practice the art of writing. I printed the pages and then laminated them so that we could use them more than once. I gave Little Bee a yellow highlighter and a blue dry-erase marker to use for tracing the lines. The highlighter and dry-erase marker are easily wiped off the laminated sheets with a paper towel. In the photos below, you will see that Little Bee was not keen on following the lines. I don’t think he is old enough for this activity, however, he had a lot of fun drawing and creating his own lines! We will come back to this activity when he is older.
Button Flag Transfer
Little Bee loves to play with buttons and small objects. He is almost 2.5 years old and uses the small objects carefully. He doesn’t put them into his mouth. Please note that small objects, such as buttons, can be a choking hazard. So please always use small objects with young children with caution and keep an eye on them at all times.
Picking up small flat buttons is another wonderful fine motor skill to master for young children. Little Bee carefully placed each button onto the white circles of this F is for Flag printable from the 3 Dinosaurs blog. He was very precise in his placement of each button to make sure that the button was placed in the center of each circle.
Fireworks Marble Maze
I bought these fun firework marble mazes from the Etsy shop – Happy Felt World. Little Bee loved pushing the marble around the maze using both his hands. He kept saying, “Open it, Mama! Open it!” I think this activity will be more fun for him as he gets a little older. He got frustrated at times when he couldn’t “open” the cloth to get the marble out. I think these marble mazes are a fantastic quiet time activity for a toddler or preschool aged child.
For more Patriotic activities – please visit Montessori Patriotic USA Flag Activities and USA Flag Kid Painted Canvas Art.
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