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First gather the materials. There are all sorts of options. Today we used metal knitting needles, a cardboard box, and some sheets of paper the kids drew pictures on. You can also do this with Giant Push Pins and a cardboard box or foam under the paper.
In Montessori schools, children will trace shapes using metal insets (or trace a continent from the map puzzles) and then push pin all around the edges. Here is an example if you are interested:
This activity helps reinforce the shape in the child’s mind plus it is terrific for building fine motor skills. There is a little risk of blood using a push pin but it is good for kids to learn they can get hurt and of course the risk makes this activity that much more fascinating to children! Using a knitting needle instead of a push pin takes more full body strength rather than just hand strength which may be calming to children with certain sensory issues. This is a great activity for building concentration to a task.
Today the children found my metal knitting needles and wanted to play with them. At first they were using them as swords but I had to put an end to that pretty quickly. LOL. Then Mr Rockstar made his into an “arrow” and he created a target on a cardboard box he could aim at. Miss Tomboy got her own box plus “target” but decided to just sit down and punch the knitting needle into the paper making designs. I thought it was fascinating that she created this Montessori work all on her own!