Monday, August 29, 2011

Montessori Monday: Wringing a Sponge

Montessori Monday

Jonathan had a bit of a rough week last week. During one particular afternoon while I was attempting to get some cleaning done, I pulled out this activity to entertain him. I got the idea from the book Small Beginnings by Barbara Curtis.

I purchased a small two-compartment cat dish and put water in the left side of the dish. I gave Jonathan a sponge and showed him how to use the sponge to soak up the water:

Then, we moved the sponge over to the right side of the dish and squeezed our hands to wring the sponge out:

Of course, splashing in the water is fun too:

And then, to extend the activity and give me some more cleaning time, I had him "wash" his fruits and vegetables:

This activity helped him to concentrate, develop some fine motor skills, and be more aware of left and right. It entertained him long enough that I could get some cleaning done-- so it was definitely a success!

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Lisa said...

What a fun idea!

Deb Chitwood said...

Using a two-compartment cat dish is a unique twist for this activity - and works very well! Great idea to extend the activity by having your son wash his fruits and vegetables. Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page!

jess_hak said...

My little guy would LOVE this!!

And yes, we did get a new hot water heater and our van back on Friday! Praise the Lord cause I don't think I could've made it another day with no hot shower and no way to drive and get a hot shower. lol

Our Country Road said...

I would have never thought of using a cat dish for this. Great idea!! Thanks for linking up!

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