Some of the most interesting activities for your child can be made with the things you already have! This week I made an activity used for training the eye, an area of the Montessori Sensorial curriculum called visual discrimination. Specifically, sorting objects that are either shiny or dull. This sorting activity can be easily personalized for your audience by varying the objects or the container. I once made this material out of toy cars, and it got a lot of ‘traffic’!!
My own children are (still) in love with Christmas, and some of these items pictured are their favorite little trinkets. They noticed it, new on the shelf, upon entering the room. I typed up the cards that read, “shiny” and “dull” and placed a sticker on the back for my non-reading tots. On the other side of the “shiny” card there is a glitter sticker, and on the back of the “dull” card is a plain green foam sticker.
With the work ready, ask the child, “what is shiny? What is dull?”
Exciting extensions can come in the form of games where the child searches for items to sort. “Go find a shiny object.” If the child is interested, expanding on the lesson can help add educational value (and fun!). We had quite a pile going. I love displaying books relative to the materials, like Shiny and Dull, My World Of Science or Shiny Or Dull?. See what is shiny or dull in your house!