Someone’s got bugs on the brain these days. Since receiving a set of toy bugs from his godmother for his birthday, Knox has taken his interest in bugs further than before. Catching grasshoppers and crickets with Daddy and squatting on the ground to observe the ants marching have been favorite activities for a while, but Knox’s favorite way to play is to either a.) match two or more like things together or b.) make two like things interact with each other.
Knox, reading about bugs.
Knox matching grasshopper to picture in book.
In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, learning is purely child led in our house. I always take cues from Knox’s latest interests in order to keep his environment stimulating and fresh for him. Above he has his basket of insect toys, which I’ve paired on his shelves with books on the subject. He loves to match the toys to their picture and tell the toys “That’s you!” He also enjoys using the books to “look up” the bugs and find out their names and more about them.
Knox using bug stickers and crayons.
Pictured above is another extension activity in which I’ve given him some bug stickers and crayons. It’s challenging for him to get the stickers off of the sheet and enhances fine motor skills, he enjoys the challenge and asks for help as needed. Here I would circle the stickers with the same color crayon and ask him to do the same. He struggled with that challenge and found it more interesting to match his toys to the stickers and wanted to know the names of all of the bugs on the stickers.
Caught: Praying Mantis
Seek, find, catch, release. He always wants to look up what he finds and we found these two bugs and more about them in one of his insect books.
I just love watching this guy learn. He’s getting so good at it, figuring out how to find answers on his own. I’m learning so much from him everyday in so many unbelievable ways.