MIA families have created lots of practical life activities at their homes for children during this quarantine. One of the mothers shared this video with me.
This video shows how the boy made NUKAZUKE with his mother.
Let’s use our Montessori’s eyes to observe his activity!
He enjoys using his hands, grabbing, mushing, and transferring. We clearly can see he loves this movement, and the feel. His face shows his enjoyment and concentration.
His mother asked him about what he was making and he responded “ Nukazuke.”
However he did not respond for the next question from his mother because he became too focused to hear anything around him. This phenomenon is so important and what we want the child to have. This activity meets his developmental needs, and Maria Montessori says,”At that moment, the child is creating himself.” His sense of order makes him motivated to fill and cover each carrot and to empty the container with the Nuka.
Children love to touch and feel things because they are in “tactile sensitivity” His sense of smell is also very keen. I am sure he loves his mother’s authentic Nukazuke. The taste and smell is becoming his favorite as well.
This is an example of how children learn by sensory and motor movement to acquire things in everyday life.