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I am thrilled to bring you our review of the Montessori By Mom Space Explorer Toolbox. This toolkit was given to us in exchange for an honest review. Today, I’m sharing 7 activities that were a hit for Z (3 years 3 months old.)
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When I first found out that Montessori By Mom is a small business started by two teachers, I was full of anticipation — in all likelihood it meant that they understand what teachers and parents like me need in order to best homeschool our children.
I was right — the materials are very cleverly curated so that they are beautiful-looking, fits into the theme and unit study at hand, but also extremely versatile so that you can use it in other areas of study as well.
Montessori By Mom Space Explorer Toolbox
Because Z is only 3 years and 3 months old, I modified some of the activities to suit his age and skill level. I prepared the activities and we used them sporadically over the past month whenever Z showed an interest. I did not introduce all the activities at once, but rather one at a time, mostly whenever his interest in another activity seem to have cooled off.
The Space Explorer Toolbox contains a lot of beautiful materials, but our favorites are the star punch, Safari Ltd. Solar System Model, constellation cards, brass telescope, miniature flashlight, and the 5 piece wooden geometric shapes set.
Montessori By Mom created 3 separate videos for this toolbox. In each of these videos, they talk you through the various types of activities that you can do with your child and how to present them. This was extremely helpful to not only have all the materials that I need delivered to me ready to use out of the box, but to have someone demonstrate in a video how to use it with my child.
Constellation Card Matching
I don’t know why, but I chose to introduce the constellation cards first. They are so beautiful that I couldn’t resist laminating to protect them. The constellation card matching activity was a simple activity for Z but worked even better as a prompt to dive into a constellations discussion.
I borrowed these books from the library to introduce him to constellations — Once Upon A Starry Night by Jacqueline Mitton (National Geographic) and What Is A Constellation by Laura Loria (Brittanica).
Constellation Card Push Pin and Rubber Band Activity
Montessori By Mom provides some yarn and sewing needles for a constellation lacing activity. But I knew this is beyond Z’s sewing skill level right now, so I figured I would just let him do a constellation push pin activity. Once that was in place, I suddenly remembered his rubber band activity and realized that turning this into a geoboard activity would be a perfect extension! He loves this work because it was enough of a challenge that is achievable for him without frustrating him.
Star Hole Punching and Pasting
Teresa had mentioned in her video that children in her class just loved to hole punch and would do it all day, and she was spot on! This was the activity that held Z’s attention and focus the longest! He didn’t really even want to paste all that much, he just wanted to hole punch all morning. This is such a simple yet effective way of working those hand and finger muscles for writing when Z gets older.
Learning 2D/3D Geometric Shape Names
This was a wonderful little activity to expand upon the circle and sphere geometric names we already learned as part of this astronomy unit. The cube and square provide a nice contrast and compare to help children understand that 2D and 3D geometric shapes have different names.
The Moon Orbits Around The Earth
This was an activity we did together after reading Sun, Moon and Stars b
Daytime vs. Nighttime
This was a fun activity because it required us to hide in a dark room — kids just have loads of fun with a dark room and flashlight! At home it is a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore together, to just bond.
Planets in the Solar System
I placed the planets in a tray and that was provocating enough to spark questions about what they are. So we read some books about the solar system, but what really got him hooked was this DVD that we borrowed from the library. He would take out his tray and match the planets when they appeared on the show. The catchy song helped him to memorize all the names and order of the planets.
I am thrilled with what we have achieved at 3 years 3 months old, yet we have only scratched the surface of what we can cover with this Montessori By Mom Space Explorer toolbox. I will take out this toolbox when we are ready to dive into Astronomy again in the future — all the materials will last us for at least the next 3 years if not longer.
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