E came to me with leaves that he had picked up on the trees. After explaining that leaves were not for pulling, I suggested that we might use them for a game.
Montessori botany in action:
“E, can you pair the similar leaves together?”
“You piled them up! They are beautiful aren’t they? Do you notice anything when comparing these 3 sets?” This lead to a discussion about shapes and sizes and a few hours later how pulled leaves dies. This last part really made an effect on him.
I love the learning and the discussion that went on with my almost 3 year old. Simple, easy and so much fun.
I might propose to do some observational sketching of these leaves with him tomorrow to add to the experience.