Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Coin Drop

 

The most important lesson I learned from pseudo Montessori training is that children like simple activities and can entertain themselves easily with simple toys.
You see it when you bring home an empty cardboard box, or give them a kitchen cupboard full of tools to discover. The added benefit of these types of toys is there are limitless possibilities for exploration.You can witness innovation and creativity in their play, which many battery operated toys cannot provide.

We had a cardboard box so I began to make this Coin Slot by 'Made By Joel'
http://madebyjoel.com/2012/06/diy-baby-toy-slot-box.html
Then I remembered the International Coin Bank. We have been collecting coins and bills from travels and storing them in a cookie tin that doubles as a piggy bank.


Baby C was instantly drawn to plinking in the bowls of coins one-by-one.
She noticed a coin with a hole in it (from China) and exclaimed that she found a 'donut!'


When she tired of this slow process, she opened the tin and dumped in the bowls.


Then I watched as she counted out loud, returning spilled coins to the containers.
"Four, five, seven, nine, two..."


Then she made up her own game, in which she placed the tin lid outside the coin slot and pushed the coins out from the inside!

This is my favourite childs play to observe.
She needed no instruction whatsoever and kept herself busily at work for 30 minutes, changing up the activity when she became bored or learned a new way to use the materials.

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