Montessori Monday–Wood Polishing and Transferring Easter Bunnies

Wood Polishing

As I have been trying to get away from plastics, we have been purchasing more and more wooden toys, which are usually painted with natural, food-grade dyes. They are then finished with a beeswax-based wood polish, but some of the toys have lost their shine and were looking a little worn. So I ordered a beeswax wood polish and planned to polish them myself. When the polish arrived, however, Dora insisted on being allowed to polish toys with it immediately. It left the wood looking much more healthy, with a subtle shine. It also smells wonderful and left my hands nice and soft. This has proven to be a great and spontaneous practical life activity. I’ll be honest and say that this is the first time that I have polished wood that did not have some sort of polyurethane coating on it, so it was a new activity for me too.

If you are interested in buying some beeswax wood polish, I would imagine that you can find it at most health food supply stores. I bought Daddy Van’s All Natural Beeswax Furniture Polish – Lavender & Sweet Orange from Amazon, because it was the most convenient option for me. I like the smell of lavender and orange, but the company makes other scents also.

Easter Tweezing Activity

We also did a Easter-themed transferring activity, using some oversized tweezers and these little plastic bunnies that I found in the dollar section at Target. I bought the tweezers from Learning Resources in a set of 12, which I ended up donating most of. I just saw that they now carry a set with one of their magnifiers and one set of tweezers. We also have the magnifiers and use them a lot, but once again had to buy them in a ridiculous quantity, so this set is a great set!

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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff