Yes, I know it is Tuesday. And by the time most of you read this, it will be Wednesday. But Montessori Tuesday just doesn't have the same ring to it. Besides, with two small children, it is a miracle that I know what day it is at all.
A few weeks ago, I read this post, and I was so excited to make my own sensory bottles. I have been getting more into the Montessori mindset, and have found opportunities to help Elijah explore his environment in a targeted way, but so far, I hadn't really gotten into the whole infant Montessori experience with Isabel, and this seemed like a great first activity.
Well, the first thing I needed to do was collect some empty water bottles. And, in one week, I was able to collect exactly...one. No matter. I could fill it will something cool. Or just, you know, something. But then time got away from me. So today I decided that maybe Isabel would like to play with it anyway. I was right.
Here's the thing: Maybe I'm just trying to mentally compensate for my inability to complete basically any task these day (can I please just use the bathroom by myself?), but maybe the bottle's emptiness is good. A start. And then we can add more bottles, more materials, more, more, more. But Montessori is also about keeping things simple. And what could get more simply wonderful to a five-month-old than a crinkly, shiny, roly-poly water bottle?
My next idea (likely to be complete sometime in 2014) is to find a way to hang the bottle so that she can handle it the way she really wants to: with her feet.
Linking up with Montessori Monday at Living Montessori Now