Share

Homemade number puzzleA few months ago I showed how to create Montessori inspired number pockets. I also created puzzle pieces so they could hold and feel the shape of each number.  This was a lot harder and I vowed I’d never do it again.  A year later, though, they are still holding up great and the kids play with them almost daily.  I refuse to make them for the entire alphabet, but would probably do it again for 10 numbers. I used the same outline for these as for the number pockets. They match them to the textured number pockets to make sure they match.

Materials needed: 

  • Scraps of fabric (Kids loved varied textures)
  • Batting (I used an old placemat)
  • Thread

Matching numbers concretelyLayer your fabric with the batting between your layers of fabric. Use a glue stick to glue the scraps together. I used an old placemat that already had a backing quilted onto it. Pin the layers together. Trace each number onto the back layer. Make sure to flip the number around when you trace it, otherwise your number will be reversed when finished.

Teaching kids numbersStitch a straight, running stitch inside the outline of each number to hold the layers together when cutting them out.

Montessori sandpaper letters

Cut out the numbers. Sew the layers together around the edges using a wide, short zigzag stitch. If sewing by hand, use a blanket stitch to finish the edges. Trim the thread and watch your child match the numbers up!

Montessori numbers to trace

 

Make a personalized book for your child
Share

My oldest has always been obsessed with trying to read, but gets very frustrated when she can’t read a book by herself. Over a year ago I found the perfect solution of making her her own books, with vocabulary she is familiar with, or can learn easily. Now I regularly make both my girls a [...]

Low fat, high fiber Rusks Recipe
Share

Rusks are a staple in almost every South African household. Essentially, they are a dried out bread/cookie/biscotti that is then dipped into hot tea or coffee before being eaten. The most common rusks are buttermilk and breakfast rusks. They are often eaten for breakfast or just as a simple snack. A friend recently had a [...]

Foofa Costume
Share

When I asked my girls what costume they wanted for Halloween, my oldest replied with no hesitation, “The Pink Yo Gabba Gabba!”  I tried talking her out of it for a few days, to no avail. With my goal of not spending anything on their Halloween costumes this year, it took a while figuring out [...]

Ming-Ming Halloween Costume
Share

With our two year old being obsessed with not only ducks, but also the Wonder Pets, Ming-Ming was the ideal costume for her. I decided that this year my daughters’ costumes would cost nothing. I succeeded by using up remnants of fabric, some purchased before we even had children, and items in our closets. The [...]

Artwork Pants
Share

What do you do when your daughter suddenly finds all non-pink pants ‘not pretty’?  What do you do with all her drawings lying around the house? You can turn her pants into a display board for her artwork!   To make the pants I cut up an old pair of my husband’s pants and used [...]

Pumpkin Crafts
Share

Here at our house we’re capitalizing on pumpkin season.  We’ve made pumpkin bread, and pumpkin fritters, a delicious South African recipe best translated as pumpkin pancakes.  As my kids love painting so much, it was only natural for them to start asking to paint pumpkins. Here are two simple pumpkin crafts that can double as decorations [...]

Textured finger paint
Share

Most small kids love painting.  Before introducing them to paint with a paint brush though, try this technique.  Your older preschooler will also probably love it. Present your child with a flat dish or bowl.  I like to tape newsprint or newspaper to the table first.  Add some paint to the bowl, such as black. [...]

Healthy, Kid-Approved Chocolate Cookies
Share

As a family we have become more and more aware of what we put into our bodies and how it can influence not just weight and overall health, but also longevity and quality of life.  Maybe all the netflix documentaries on food have influenced us, or perhaps we’re just getting old.  Either way, our shopping [...]

Easy Art / Activity Bag
Share

As I was bending over in the small cramped airplane trying to find my toddler’s crayons buried in my bag, I realized this happened way too often.  At a restaurant, on a flight, and even in church, I found my head almost under my seat trying to find the exact picture and color needed.  By [...]

© 2012 The Professional Baby Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha