Land, water, air…beautiful concepts to learn as a young child. They make up our world (in the simplest form possible) and children generally do show an intense interest in these lessons because they are trying to make sense of their world at this age. Here, we bring you three fun lessons on land, water and air that are Montessori-inspired. I have included two awesome FREE printables for you! Enjoy!
As you gather your materials, you will realize that these activities are so easy to do and are loaded with educational concepts. You can also expound on these activities by going outside to find land, water and air in different places as you go on a nature walk or head to the park or even visit the local library to find books that talk about land, water and air.
Activity #1: Land, Water and Air Jars
For our first activity, we took three mason jars with lids and put some dirt in one, some water with blue food coloring and the third one was left empty. Then we took the laminated “land, water and air” cards (from our free printable activity #3 in this post) and labeled each mason jar correctly. It was a simple activity that made land, water and air more tangible for my children. Fun and easy, right?
Activity #2: Sorting Land, Water and Air
This activity was very engaging for my children and extremely easy for them to collaborate with each other. First, I made sure I had this activity printed in color (highest quality), laminated with a good-quality thermal laminator and cut with either precision scissors or a guillotine the day before.
Once this activity is ready, they took the name cards “land,” “water” and “air” and placed them about arm’s length on our favorite table from where they were sitting. Next, they had a stack of mixed images of land, water and air that they took turns sorting into the correct categories. There are 18 cards total, so each one had nine opportunities to practice this activity.
This is also a great activity for one child. My 3-year old successfully did this activity on her own several times in the following days. I like the versatility of such a deep yet simple set of cards. My children are certainly enjoying them alone or in collaboration with each other. This work can be done on a table or on a mat on the floor.
To print these cards, go here: Land, Water, Air Sorting Activity (Small Images).
Activity #3: Labeling Land, Water and Air
This labeling activity really brought all three concepts (land, water and air) together for my children. It pretty much helped them master the concepts. Just like the last activity, I printed these cards and labels in color, I used a thermal laminator and precision scissors to cut them all.
This set contains five landscape images and six sets of labels (18 total) of land, water and air. I set an extra set just in case the small labels get lost. I liked having five images because I used one for the presentation on how to use the three labels and then each of the children got two images to label each.
Presentation: I placed one image in front of them on the table and selected one label for land, one label for water and one able for air. I pointed to the land in the picture and then pointed at the labels that said “land.” I read it slowly, “l-l-l-and. land.” Then I placed the label on the piece of land in the picture. Then I did the same with “w-w-w-ater. water” and “ai-r. air.”
Once I was done with my presentation, I left the labeled image on the table where they could see it. You could choose to let children take turns labeling their images, but mine were so eager to label their own, that they were doing them quietly and simultaneously.
It was beautiful. It was orderly. It was brining the lesson home (in their heads). When they were done, we marveled at each labeled image and how beautiful those landscapes are. Then they switched images and proceeded to label those on their own as well.
To print this set, go here: Land, Water, Air Labeling Activity (Large Images).
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