Montessori Hand Work

Make a potpourri orange ball.
You’ll need an orange and lots of whole cloves.
Show your child how to push cloves into the orange skin.
If the skin is very thick, pierce the skin with a darning needle first.
This is a fun family activity that almost everyone can do.

Try this: Observe how the orange changes every day.
Does it get smaller or larger?
If you have a food scale, weigh the orange every other day.
Make a chart showing numerically and with colored bars the different weights.
What makes the orange loose weight? (The water evaporates from the orange making it lighter.)

Hint: Younger children can do this activity by using an apple instead of an orange.

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