Play Farm (Montessori)
A beautiful scene at the farm, with many hidden farm facts to search for!
Who sleeps in the cowshed? What's growing in the garden? Where's the wheat stored? Reveal what's under the pull-out pieces to find out! Have fun learning lots of new things on the farm, in the company of the animals and people living there.
Main Intelligence: Naturalist
Skills: Logical thought capable of making connections and relationships; manual skills
Learning Objectives: Learning about farms; Recognising animals; Identifying jobs; Understanding where things come from
Topic/Context: Farm life
Game Type: Interactive Puzzle
Instructions: Play Farm (Montessori)
The six scenery cards can be used like maxi flashcards, showing typical farm scenes with lots of visible details and several more hidden under the pull-out pieces.
Your First Farm Facts: Open the box with the children and draw their attention to the six farm cards and allow them to piece them together into a horizontal rectangle. Pick up the cards, saying aloud the name of each place in the pictures and each object depicted: the farmhouse, the cowshed, the fields, the silo and tractor, the courtyard, the sheep pen, the vegetable plot, the fruit orchard etc. Ask the children to repeat the words out loud after you.
Where is it? What's Underneath? Point out to the children that each card has pull-out pieces (there are small holes on the back of the cards to make it easier to push them out). Behind them are more animals or things, either behind a window or inside something else. Show the children, for example, that there's a chicken run in the courtyard and when you push out the piece, there are chicks behind it. Or that under the mother hen are some eggs, under the cockerel some worms, and so on.
A three-step Montessori method for further learning is also detailed in the instructions.
Age: 2–4 years