The first Montessori culture activity I introduced to my eldest son was the the water and land globe, then we began discussing what lived on land and what lived in the water. Next was water and land transportation, and then water and land forms. I printed water and land form three part cards from the Montessori print shop. Then last year when we began to homeschool for grade school we created our very own water and form trays using clay. The boys had a blast. So this year I knew I had to do it with my four year old twins. Creating you own water and land form trays is easy and fun. I made a quick video to show you how.
Pasta Bowls or Shallow Dish
Water with blue food coloring
First thing you do is roll out your clay. Then you place your rolled clay into your dish, we used pasta dishes. Then you cut out your land and place it another bowl.
After all your land has been cut out, mix water and blue food coloring and have your little one pour the water into the dish.
I introduce the land and water forms in pairs, I only do one pair at a time. You can repeat the lesson and a new pair as your continue your exploration.
If you’d like to read more about this Montessori activity check out Basic Montessori Learning Activities for Under-Fives by David Gettman.
Another great resource is the Montessori album.
Also check out the water and land form cards from the montessori print shop.
Christy Hale’s Water and Land forms is also an excellent book for this activity.