“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
― Dr. Maria Montessori
In the Montessori classroom, there is an emphasis on nature—both in the natural materials found therein as well as in the “natural” fit of all the child-sized furniture and equipment. Materials are real (spoons, forks, knives, mops, brooms, etc.). Nature is also welcomed inside the classroom through plants, pets and natural objects like seashells, for example, that can be used for a variety of activities (scrubbing, decorating, observing).
This is the time of year when nature is bountiful and esthetically captivating. This month, do a little Montessori activity with your child at home and watch their pride soar. You just need a few things to make this beautiful autumn leaf bowl. And the best part is that the main ingredient is found in nature!
First, you’ll need to take a walk outdoors and find a big, autumn leaf. Admire its texture and color and then get ready to “capture” it in a beautiful keepsake.
In addition to your leaf, you’ll need:
- Air dry clay (from craft store or Target, etc.)
- Acrylic paint (whatever leaf color inspires you)
- A rolling pin
- A bowl
Roll out your clay into a sheet about half a cm / 5mm thick…
Place your clean dry leaf – vein side down – over the clay and give it a good roll to imprint the clay with the leaf shape and the veins.
Once the leaf print has been rolled onto your clay, cut around the outside with a sharp knife or cutter.
Place your leaf inside another bowl to dry. This will give your leaf its bowl shape. Let it dry for a couple of days.
Your leaf is ready to paint and enjoy! Now your little one can find some cute acorns to keep inside.
(idea credit: emmaowl.com)