Tots Peacemaker

Description:
The Marbridge Foundation is a local residential facility that aids adults with cognitive disabilities and is a campus full of opportunities that allows them to thrive.
Here is a link to the website where you can explore what the facility offers and can see their different options for getting involved; as well as the PO Box where you can send the cards or letters your child creates. https://www.marbridge.org/

Goal: To create a space where your child can explore different art mediums while making something special that can be mailed to make someone’s day!

Materials:

  • An empty tray or basket (I used an available cookie sheet)
  • Cardstock or construction paper (cut to about a 4×6 size)
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils

Steps:

  • Locate your object that will hold all the materials needed for the card making
  • Place the art medium of your child’s choice on the left side of your component with one piece of paper on the left side
  • Place the tray (or basket) on a shelf or area that’s accessible for the child.

Comments:
When gathering materials, ask your child what colors bring them joy (limit to 3) so you can place those on the tray for them to use. By placing the “work” where it’s easily available, it encourages independence.

Tips:
You can change the art mediums as a child requests them instead of having them all out at once.

Add challenges:

You can also add stickers as an art medium that promotes the use of their fine motor skills and pincer grasp.

Description:
During these times we are all facing together, on the Marbridge campus
( https://www.marbridge.org/ ) the residents are no longer allowed to receive visitors which can cause some feelings of loneliness. As montessorians, one of the key elements in our community is being of service to others and what better way to cheer someone up than by creating something special for one to have and to hold in hopes of lifting spirits!

Goal:
To come together as a community and send out some love and peace to those who need a little extra right now.

  • Materials:
  • Cardstock or construction paper (cut to about a 4×6 size)
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils (See “Card Making Station” Activity for Tots)

Steps:

  • Pick a color to start, and draw what your heart feels will bring a smile to someone’s face
  • Use as many colors as you’d like and repeat until you feel done! Get those creative juices flowing.
  • Add a stamp and send off to Marbridge.

PO BOX 2250
2310 Bliss Spillar Road
Manchaca, Texas 78652

Tips:

If parents choose to write a message on the card, please REFRAIN from using phrases like “get well soon” as we are trying to help take their minds off of the situation at hand. Here is a link with great tips if you’re adding words to the card.
https://cardzforkidz.org/how-to/

Add challenges:You can also add some pre-cut images from magazines or newspapers and use a paintbrush and glue to add them to your card.