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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Montessori on the Beach...Landforms

The girls and I had a great time making landforms on the beach last week! I laminated the landforms sheet from Montessori at Home and took it, along with a large aluminum container, out to our tiny beach (this would work just as well at a sandbox). We chose a landform to make and got to work!

We made lakes and islands on the first day.

On the next day, I remembered to take blue food coloring and small plastic animals with us to the beach which made this activity even more fun!

We made a bay on the 2nd day. I drew the outline with a twig, and the girls dug it out.

We then slowly poured the water into the container. This was a good lesson on erosion because when O(4) poured the water too fast, the land eroded away.

After playing with the bay for a while, O turned it into an island.

We all really enjoyed making landforms, and I think this is something we'll do often this summer! (and I'm so glad that I didn't go to the trouble of making model magic landforms like I planned to years ago...this was much much more fun and engaging for the girls than having premade landforms)


  1. What a great idea. We'll have to do that in the sandbox this summer.

  2. I love this idea. Looks like lots of fun!

  3. I LOVE this idea! It's so much simpler than creating your own landforms and even more fun ... nothing like learning at the beach! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page. Deb @

  4. This is a great idea. It looks like the kids loved it!

  5. I love this idea!! it's better than the playdooh

  6. I just featured your photo and post at

  7. What a fun post to revisit! I just featured your photo and post again in my latest post: Montessori Monday - Easy DIY Land and Water Forms at

  8. You are so creative!! What a great idea!!