“The sensory education which prepares for the accurate perception of all the differential details in the qualities of things, is therefore the foundation of the observation of things and of phenomena which present themselves to our sense;” ~ Maria Montessori, The Advanced Montessori Method

Simple as it may seem, peeling a clementine is a rewarding activity for any child. As a matter of fact, I’d consider it to be a sensorial treasure packed with rich language learning, fine motor and cognitive skill building opportunities!

Peeling a Clementine Activity:

🍊🍊🍊 Prepare a small bowl with a few clementines

🤲🏼🍊 Ask the child to chose one clementine

👐🏼🍊 Allow time for child to feel the clementine’s exterior and move it from hand to hand to make an internal impression

🍊🤏🏼 Ask for a turn and SHOW (Slow Hands Omit Words) how to begin peeling

👃🏼🍊 Create the first slit to pull from and note its fresh and crisp citrus aroma as its skin is pulled back

👉🏼🍊Invite the child to finish peeling the clementine

With a little guidance and assistance, the sweet reward will be worth the wait. Not only will the child enjoy a delicious and nutritious fruit snack, their small motor skills and sensory experiences will be lasting. 🧡

“Whilst moving the objects used in our sensory exercises, the children’s hands are being prepared for all the actions necessary for writing.” ~ Maria Montessori, The Formation of Man


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