Montessori at the Chinese Buffet? Yep!
We had loads of fun keeping the almost 2, 3.5 and the 6yo busy in the Chinese Buffet Restaurant yesterday.
Almost 2 dd played with various geometric shapes on her plate as she was not interested in eating or staying in her chair. The various geometric shapes found at this bar suited themselves perfectly for building scenes on her plate. My favorite was the cheese stuffed triangle and the rectangular shapes of chicken and the circles of scallop.
She was also interested in transfer exercises from my plate to hers and back again. The transfer exercises were more complicated for the older kids. They used more sophisticated equipment…like chopsticks!
Another fun activity was spearing grapes and other fresh fruits on chopsticks for eating. This alone kept them busy for about 20 minutes! We added and subtracted groups of fruits just for fun and tried to copy patterns in the "What comes next?" game. We also sorted them by size and color.
Pushing pieces of straw in and out of an empty lidded cup was a big hit for the 2yo too!.
So we hit on some fine motor exercises, math, geometry, and patterning exercises…not bad for a dinner outing with no prep work involved on my part other than washing of hands and the saying of Grace!!…and I didn’t even have to do the dishes!
HT: To Rebecca for the cool graphic!!!