I wanted to use a new chart I'd just printed from Montessori Print Shop, so I rolled out a mat and got out the Constructive Blue Triangles (you can print those out if you don't own them).
She said, "Train!" and got out a wooden shapes set that's perfect for toddlers. She loves to make the train by putting rectangles, squares, triangles and circles in the board. But she also wanted to get out the more advanced version of the train so that the two trains could be friends.
Before long the trains were having a picnic and we were getting all of the wooden shapes out, pretending that each was a different kind of food, and feeding the duckies as well! Below, the duck is eating snap peas. I think the hexagons were quesadillas, the small blue squares were blueberries and the yellow diamonds were potato chips.
All of this took about 10 minutes. We both had fun, we used a lot of language, and Alleluia had a little exposure to the Constructive Blue Triangles.