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.
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.)
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.
XGirl loves this kind of practical life activity, and I love watching her take so much care with her work.
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.
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.)
Put the water beads on the golf tees
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.
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.
Shadow matching 4th of July Montessori activity
This shadow matching activity comes from my 4th of July Printable Pack.
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.
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.
QBoy really enjoyed this activity, and worked meticulously to put all 50 flags into the block.
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. 🙂
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.
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.” 🙂
Patriotic shapes matching 4th of July Montessori activity
This is a simple shapes matching activity from my 4th of July Printable Pack.
For lots of other great Montessori-inspired 4th of July learning, I recommend this post from Living Montessori Now.
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