Skip to main content

Watermelon Seed Counting

I'm trying my best to keep Henry entertained this summer as we adjust to baby Nora. So, we've still been doing Montessori inspired work as much as we can. One of the trays that we've been working on this summer has been watermelon seed counting

This Montessori inspired counting tray is a fun addition for summer. With a free printable it can be easily recreated for children starting to explore counting and math!

On this tray, the child is asked to count a specific number of seeds to place on the watermelon slice. The number depends on the number shown on the corresponding cards -- anywhere from 1 to 20. Henry has really enjoyed this activity and I wanted to share it with all of you! 


This tray work is a fun variation on traditional Montessori cards and counters. It would work for children that are starting to connect concrete counting of objects with their abstract symbols. Plus, it's just fun and engaging work for summer! 

This Montessori inspired counting tray is a fun addition for summer. With a free printable it can be easily recreated for children starting to explore counting and math!

If you would like to use this work too, I created a printable! While I used a felt watermelon, the cards and wooden beads as seeds, the printable contains everything you need to recreate this Montessori inspired counting tray -- the watermelon, the cards and seeds. Just print, cut, and use! 


I hope you enjoy this printable and that it's the first of many to come!

This Montessori inspired counting tray is a fun addition for summer. With a free printable it can be easily recreated for children starting to explore counting and math!


Comments

How fun! I am definitely going to have to make use of this, and maybe extend it to addition for my primary Bug :) I know it's got to be crazy trying to keep going with tot school and muddle through/enjoy the first few months of a new baby - I think you're doing great!
I hope you don't mind if I give this a share on my facebook page! :)
Unknown said…
What a clever idea! I love this type of work! :)
Debbi said…
This is just so awesome. Kudos to you. My preschoolers and wee-schoolers will love this addition to their Watermelon Wonderful Theme. Thanks so much.

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2020

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure! 2020 UPDATE: This list is updated for another year! Enjoy a variety of Montessori friendly finds from both major retailers and smaller shops!  So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created toys, but only works for classroom settings. While there are many works that I recommend for home school use, you won't find these

Sensitive Periods from Birth to 6 - A Chart and Guide

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life observing, studying, and writing about children. During her lifetime of work she discovered that young children move through a series of special times when they are particularly attracted to specific developmental needs and interests. She called these times, sensitive periods. During the sensitive period, children learn skills related to the sensitive period with ease. They don't tire of that work, but seek it, crave it and need it. When the sensitive period passes, this intense desire is gone, never to return.  That doesn't mean the skill is lost forever once the sensitive period is over. Instead, it just means that it will take a more conscious effort to learn. As Dr. Montessori explains,  This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. "A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables

Working from Home with Kids - A Montessori Schedule

One part of my life that I haven't talked a ton about here on The Kavanaugh Report is how I'm a work-from-home parent. Eight years ago I started to work at home while parenting full time. For the first several years, I worked as a legal writer while maintaining this space on the side. When Gus was born, I moved into working on sharing our Montessori life full time. It has blossomed into a full time career sharing content here, teaching courses, and now the podcast! Through it all, my kids have been home with me.  This all seems more relevant to so many of us now that Covid-19 has closed schools and forced parents to stay at home and work while caring for children. I'm not going to lie - it's tough. It's hard to balance work and kids, especially when children are used to a completely different routine. But, it's not impossible! And, it can even be enjoyable.  As I talk about in my podcast Shelf Help , we block our days into 3 hours groups. It helps