Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nail and Screw Sorting

For our Construction Plans this month, I included a sorting activity with nails and screws.
UGH! My pregnancy brain has officially taken over! I made the printable, printed it and even cut it out and taped it to the containers without noticing this mistake! It took us doing the activity before I stumbled upon my mistake! So, I corrected it, but not without feeling foolish!
Jake was so exited to get into these "Daddy tools!" We dumped out the container that had them mixed together. I then started picking one up at a time and very deliberately looking at it and saying the name and placed it in the appropriate container. He quickly took over and had very little trouble discerning between the two. 
He tried to picked up a handful and put them away but I had to explain that he needed to look carefully at each one to see which container to put it into. He proceeded to look at each one.  I helped as well. Sometimes he would be silly and put it in the wrong container on purpose then laugh and correct himself. 
He has never been too interested in sorting but today with this activity he completed the entire process. This just goes to prove the importance of interest in learning. Sure he likes animals but nothing holds his interest like construction!
After we finished all the sorting he was very happy to "dump" the two containers into the one large one, all along cleaning up for next time! 
He put the containers back on the shelf without any prompting! He is getting really good at cleaning up one activity before moving to the next! This is so exciting to me especially because I am expecting and having him be able to engage in Structured Play with a little less supervision will be much appreciated after baby arrives!

If you would like a copy of the corrected printable click here!

Beneath the Rowan Tree


  1. Yes! I love how you're using what he loves to teach the lesson.

  2. This is great! I can relate to the label mix-up ... even without "pregnancy brain" it's amazingly easy for things like that to happen! I LOVE how you honored your son's interests and created a wonderful activity at the same time! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at


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