When Bear was 20 months, we lived abroad and I couldn’t purchase real Montessori materials. Consequently, I made her a continent puzzle by printing the world map from here. I printed on cardstock and then cut what should have been the control apart for the puzzle pieces. I put pieces of magnetic strip on the back of the control map and of the puzzle pieces and put the whole thing on the fridge.
Now for J-jo, I have set it up on a cookie sheet, along with a little basket featuring one animal from each continent.
J-jo spent some nice cuddling, snuggling time on my lap this morning as I sang this continent song and moved the pieces to the right section of the map for him. He especially loved when I put the animals onto the correct continents.
Soon, he will be able to do this work himself. I’m leaving it on his shelf to do with me for now.
Written by Julie Cerdas
I'm a stay-at-home Catholic mom who loves playing with and teaching my two children.