More DIY Practical Life Centers

by Ivory Soap on 12/21/2011

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The Practical Life Centers are a favorite in my house, and take so little to set them up.  So, here’s some more!

1.  Beating Bubbles:  Pictured above is a little 2 1/2 year old that came to visit and LOVED this activity.  Funny, since it’s a favorite of my nine-year-old as well.

2.  Hammering Nails:  This may seem dangerous, but with the proper nail setting equipment (a clothes pin), my five-year-old hammers every nail that I give him.

3.  Sanding and Screws:  This is another carpentry activity that is popular with the boys in my home.  It costs almost nothing and keeps them entertained.

4.  Whisking, Basting, Scraping Bubbles:  I HEART bubbles.  My kids spend more time learning to use kitchen implements all because of a little soap.


5.  Sweeping Center:  Who knew sweeping could be fun?  And who knew that we didn’t come knowing how to sweep?  This demonstration and self-driven practice really has made a difference in my kitchen floor.  I just hope your masking tape roll is more cooperative than mine.

6.  Dry Pouring:  A Montessori school staple, upgraded and adapted for older children.  Both my five and nine year old spent a long time one afternoon with a bag of lentils.  Kid you not.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

20 Minute Jan December 21, 2011 at 7:22 am

One of my kid’s favorite centers was the Take-Apart Center. A broken & beyond repair toaster or clock and some screwdrivers could lead to hours of fun before the object was just a pile of pieces and parts. Some caution is necessary with possibly sharp bits so it’s best for kids 6 and up say, depending on their coordination and interest.

queen of string December 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

These are so simple but so effective! I wish I had been able to think like this when my boy was small, he would have enjoyed all opf them. I guess there’s always the grand kids!

Molly Makes Do December 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

So many fantastic ideas! Are your kids more eager to help out in the kitchen and around the house after these activities?

Deanna December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Oooo, Zach would LOVE a broken toaster.

Ivory Soap December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Molly, they are pretty eager to help out since they feel “big”, but the novelty wears off pretty quick. Loading the dishwasher is only cool a few times.

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