Have you noticed that your child points out every little speck of dirt, tiny hole in a piece of fabric, or ant on your walks?
Montessori refers this intense attention to detail as the Sensitive Period for Small Objects and it typically occurs between the ages of one to four.
This interest will ultimately lead to the development of fine motor control and the pincer grasp, which in turn will eventually help them to write.
It's also a way for young children to understand and classify a large and overwhelming world. By focusing in on the small details, they can learn how things move, respond, and feel at a scale that's more manageable to their size.
Understanding this sensitive period can provide empathy and patience when our little ones take ages to walk to the park, inspecting everything along the way.
It can also provide ideas for activities that support development during this period - offering a basket of rocks or shells for inspection, giving your child a magnifying glass to bring out to the backyard, or even just stepping back to give them the time and space to do a thorough inspection of items they find around the home.
This is a great activity for children in the Sensitive Period for Small Objects. It also helps to develop visual discrimination.
This activity requires the child to use a magnifying glass and look closely to match the large and small snowflakes to each other. The small set is just a shrunken version of the large snowflakes.