Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Table Time

Every so often, at the beginning of a season or a theme, we like to change up, reorganize, declutter the Table Time basket, shelf and the two play shelves as well!!

We try to make the items relevant to the season or to the theme we are "studying".
The basket contains apple counting cards, woodland animal finger puppets, home-made wood lacing beads, as well as scissors, a lacing board, our toothpick jar, a small chalkboard, and more.

In the jars, we switched out the sea shells for wooden acorns, switched the magnet discovery jar for fallish beanbags, made a jar of fall-colored wooden blocks, and kept out the popular "pinterest inspired" velcro craft sticks and the wooden nesting owls.

Ahhhhh .... I love our shelves... when they are neat and tidy!

I thought I'd take you on a little "tour" of just one day of our TableTime activities!

While the children are having free play with the shelf toys and the basket of silkies,
I set out that day's TableTime activities!

 Small chalkboard to draw, practice letters... whatever they want to do!

 This week we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

 Scissors and index cards to practice cutting skills.

A jar of fall colored wooden cubes to stack, sort, or use the tongs to pick them up!

 Handmade (by us) wooden lacing beads to lace... or stack.

 Three months old! How? Sigh.

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  1. Handmade wooden lacing beads?! Wow- in love with them! Fun seeing all the table time activities!

  2. Oh, I love your homemade lacing beads! I might have to fire up my Dad's drill press :)

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  3. I remember reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, with my son.

  4. I love those little trays you put everything in. All great ideas to keep them busy!

    1. Love those trays too! Where are they from?

    2. The trays are from Target Dollar Spot (they cost $2.50 each lol) We got them a couple of months ago, so not sure if they are still available. We used to use red plastic trays but when we saw these black, wooden ones, well... we had to buy them lol

  5. Those trays are cool, Hannah. I often find great things at Target Dollar Spot, too. And I LOVE your handmade beads ... what a special activity for your kids to have! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow.

  6. The wooden beads are really great!

  7. Your shelves and activities are so beautiful! What could wouldn't want to come to the table?

    Thanks for linking up to Waldorf Wednesday!