This activity shows you it doesn't have to cost a fortune to set up work that children will enjoy for years.
A sugar/salt shaker from the dollar store and some coloured match sticks inserted into the holes requires patience, fine motor skills, and concentration. Great skills for little minds to learn!
So many toddlers struggle with trying to keep focused on one job and seem to buzz around from one thing to another, making mess for mum to clean up and never completing a task. Make an activity that is simple and short then the child can get through an activity and feel that sense of accomplishment that they did something without any help and finished what they started. Independent and self confident children is what Maria Montessori and i believe we should be working towards!