4th of July Montessori activities

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Now that we have our new Montessori shelves installed, I have been anxious to put them to use. And with 4th of July fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to create a variety of 4th of July Montessori activities and trays to set out for the next few weeks. In this post I’m sharing the 4th of July Montessori activities on our shelves right now.

Note: For more 4th of July activities and printables, see my 4th of July activities page.

4th of July Montessori activities || Gift of Curiosity

Star Color Grading 4th of July Montessori activity

I created a printable star color grading activity to work on distinguishing shades of color from light to dark, which is a Montessori sensorial activity. The use of stars, of course, was inspired by the 4th of July theme for this month, but could be used at any time. (Grab this download here.)

4th of July Montessori trays - star-themed shades of color activity || Gift of Curiosity

Spooning water beads

I found this nifty set of metal cups at Goodwill, and it has been perfect for practical life spooning exercises. For this month, I filled one cup with water beads that I hydrated with water dyed blue.

4th of July Montessori trays - spooning blue water beads || Gift of Curiosity

XGirl loves this kind of practical life activity, and I love watching her take so much care with her work.

4th of July Montessori trays - spooning blue water beads || Gift of Curiosity

Flag patterns 4th of July Montessori activity

I created a series of images that show four flags in a variety of patterns (you can download them here). I laminated the images and put them on a tray with four flags. The idea is that the kids need to select an image and use the flags to recreate the image. In doing so, they work on spatial awareness skills.

4th of July Montessori trays - flag patterns || Gift of Curiosity

QBoy was fascinated by this work, and impressed me with how well he was able to copy the images. (I happen to be very spatially challenged, so this kind of work would have been very difficult for me at his age.)

4th of July Montessori trays - flag patterns || Gift of Curiosity


Put the water beads on the golf tees

This tray has three parts – a star container stuffed with our gluten-free play dough, a jar with water beads, and a tin with red and white golf tees.

4th of July Montessori trays - put the water beads on the golf tees || Gift of Curiosity

There are so many wonderful fine motor challenges involved with this activity, including opening the jar of water beads, opening the tin of golf tees, sticking the golf tees in the play dough, and balancing the water beads on top.

4th of July Montessori trays - put the water beads on the golf tees || Gift of Curiosity

XGirl spent a very long time with this tray and was so determined to get all the water beads to balance on the golf tees.

4th of July Montessori trays - put the water beads on the golf tees || Gift of Curiosity

Shadow matching 4th of July Montessori activity

This shadow matching activity comes from my 4th of July Printable Pack.

4th of July Montessori trays - shadow matching || Gift of Curiosity

Water pouring 4th of July Montessori activity

This water pouring activity works on practical life and fine motor skills. The kids have to carefully pour the water from the pitcher into the two tea cups, and then pour the water back into the pitcher. I dyed the water blue in honor of the 4th of July, although I first made sure that I would be able to get the color out of my carpet if the kids should spill.

If they spill on the tray (which is to be expected), I have provided a cloth for them to clean up their spills.

4th of July Montessori trays - water pouring activity || Gift of Curiosity

Plant a flag 4th of July Montessori activity

This practical life and fine motor activity requires the kids to stick about 50 American flag toothpicks into some floral foam.

4th of July Montessori trays - plant a flag || Gift of Curiosity

QBoy really enjoyed this activity, and worked meticulously to put all 50 flags into the block.

4th of July Montessori trays - plant a flag || Gift of Curiosity

As he worked, he kept remarking on how many there were! And when he finished, he asked me to count each of the flags as he put them back into the bowl. I happily obliged, of course. 🙂

4th of July Montessori trays - plant a flag || Gift of Curiosity

Number matching to objects

This activity from my 4th of July Printable Pack requires the kids to match each number card with the card showing the same number of stars.

4th of July Montessori trays - number matching to objects || Gift of Curiosity

Scissors skills

On this tray I put several items for the kids to practice cutting. The little kids come from my 4th of July Printable Pack, while the stars are from my Star-Themed Shades of Color Activity.

4th of July Montessori trays - scissors skills || Gift of Curiosity

XGirl spent a lot of time with this tray the first time it was out. She kept cutting and cutting, all the while announcing over and over that she was “working on my motor skills.” 🙂

4th of July Montessori trays - scissors skills || Gift of Curiosity

Patriotic shapes matching 4th of July Montessori activity

This is a simple shapes matching activity from my 4th of July Printable Pack.

4th of July Montessori trays - patriotic shapes matching || Gift of Curiosity

For lots of other great Montessori-inspired 4th of July learning, I recommend this post from Living Montessori Now.


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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you so much for sharing! You have some great ideas here. I’m guessing I will be using some of them next week. I really love the activity with arranging flags to match the cards. It’s by far my favorite!

  2. says

    I just love that flag activity to help work on spatial awareness skills. It’s a brilliant idea and such a great teaching too. I can’t believe I never thought of it. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Julie says

    Thanks for linking up for our first Super Summer Saturday party. Just pinned to our boards to share with our followers.

  4. says

    These ideas are awesome! My daughter is too young for them right now, but that’s what Pinterest was invented for! 😉 Definitely will store these for use in a couple years! Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      I know what you mean about Pinterest! I pin stuff all the time with plans to use it when my kids are a bit older. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. says

    I just love this set of activities! My favorite, though, has got to be putting the beads on the golf tees! Thanks so much for sharing it at Stress-Free Sunday! I’m featuring this activity this weekend. 🙂

  6. says

    Wow…just found your blog and love it! I have been reading about Montessori and these activities would be perfect to start with. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Julie says

    kATIE, thank you for the AWESOME ,fresh 4th. of July ideas. I will be using them in my pre. K classroom this week!Thank you for SHARING! I just LOVE this website ,and it is one of my favorites!

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