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Using Tools Ideas

  • Using a whisk in a bowl.  Having a measuring spoon or dropper to limit the detergent is a good idea
  • Using an egg whisk to create bubbles.
  • Using a juicer to squeeze lemon juice (which can be used for polishing pennies - see polishing ideas). Or to squeeze orange juice for a drink.
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Spreading butter, jam, cream cheese, hummus, peanut butter etc on toast or crackers
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using a crinkle cutter to chop banana, celery, carrot etc on a chopping board
  • Using a rolling pin to roll out playdough on a board, then cut with a pastry cutter.
  • salt mill Using a salt mill to grind salt 
  •  Using a simple nutcracker to crack walnuts or monkey nuts.   Do not have nuts in a setting with a child with a NUT ALLERGY
  • Sharpening pencils using a pencil sharpener.
  • Using a coffee mill to grind cofee beans.
  • Using a pestle and mortar to grind coriander seeds kept in spice jars.
  • Using a pestle and mortar to grind wheat grains..
  •  Stapling sheets of paper to make a little book.
  •  Punching holes in paper with a hole punch (and joining with treasury tags).
  •  Using paper clips to join paper, or to secure tracing paper.
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using a punch out pricker with a protective pad 
  •  Cutting with scissors along strips of cards with lines, gradually giving more complicated lines to cut, stored on a wooden tray.
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using the cut paper from the cutting activity to glue to make a collage of random shapes.
  •  Cutting salt dough with a knife and fork
  • Sieving shells out of water.
  • Using a garlic press to squeeze water from mini sponges.
  • Using a grater to crumb bread for the birds or for the crumbing exercise.
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using a sieve to separate solids from liquid
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using a sieve to separate grains from fine salt.
  •  Pouring 300ml water from a glass jug containing approx 400ml into a clearly marked measuring jug, on a tray
  • Laying the table Lay a place setting on the mat, add a napkin and napkin ring for additional rolling practice.
  •  Using a magnifying glass to explore the patterns on shells.
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using weighing scales
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Hammering nails into corkboard, nails stored in a jar, shapes in a box, all on tray.
  •  Unscrew the end of the torch and remove the battery set then replace and close the compartment. The control of error is the light coming back on.
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using a screwdriver on a fixed bolts board
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using a spanner on a fixed bolt board
  • Montessori Practical Life tools Using a hex key on a fixed bold board
  • hammering golf tees into modelling clay
  • using a ruler to draw a line
  • using a ruler to measure
  • using a tape measure 
  • putting on safety glasses or goggles
  • tracing
  • dividing and coring an apple with an apple slicer
  • preparing a snack
  • serving others
  • pouring juice, milk or water
  • making a packed lunch
  • washing, peeling and preparing fruit or vegetables

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A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to our ideas bank.
We take no responsibility for the safety of these suggestions - please always assess the risks of activities you present to children.


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