Montessori Schools are famous for using hands-on centers to help the children learn. Many of the centers I set up for my kids are thieved from Montessori, but since these materials can get really pricey, I sometimes make my own.
1. DIY Baric Jars: (Above) In Montessori schools, these are usually tablets. The children weigh them in their hands and sort into three piles to develop their ability to sense differences in weight. I did mine in more of a go-together format.
2. DIY Alphabet Rocks: I use a printed version of the traditional Moveable Alphabet for mass word-building, but when I’m introducing a new sound or phonogram, I reach for my homemade alphabet rocks. Dollar Tree rocks, trays, with paint pens and spray coat.
3. DIY Touch boards: Dollar tree sandpaper and free floor samples from Depot make this activity super cheap. Just make sure you do better with your glue than I did. Glad this is an eyes closed activity.