We found a lovely Montessori preschool for Br to attend the days I am working outside of the house, and my husband is trading building classroom furniture for schooling. My husband built a “prototype” shelf (& small table) out of scrap wood, so I absconded it last night to set up some of the activities for the kids. (“Yay, hobby woodworker husband!”)
Br hadn’t really noticed it until Bl came out and pulled one of the activity trays off. Bl had grabbed the 1-to-1 correspondence tray. I’d set it up with tongs, figuring Br would be using it. Bl doesn’t have the fine motor skill yet to operate the tongs, so I gave him a spoon. He wasn’t quite getting the concept, but he was amused with moving the pompoms around with the spoon.
Br had turned around on the couch and noticed the touch-matching game. As he was out of reach of Bl, he was actually able to try it a bit! He did initially match a popcorn kernel bag to a lentil bag, but I checked it and then offered him the two (popcorn & lentil) in the opposite color so he could self correct.
Br came around to try the 1-to-1 correspondence tray after Bl had wandered off, and tried out the prototype table. I had put the spoon away when I gave it to Br (leaving the tongs), but Br complained “I wanted the one with the spoon!” Unfortunately, by this point Bl had wandered back. I’ll need to figure out a way to set things up so Bl isn’t always interfering with Br trying activities. Let me know if you have any suggestions….
Bl enjoyed having a turn after Br was done:
With the touch-matching game as well: