Another great use for fabric is to play a matching game. I've read about this work in countless books but have been too lazy to dig through my fabric. Last night I pulled out my sewing stuff and thankfully remembered to cut a few scraps to play this "game." I am aware that hard core Montessorians call it "work" because children like to do what adults do - but I figure my lil man has the rest of his life to work and we should play all we can now.
For the "game" - first I showed him all the fabrics and talked about the color and texture of each. Next, I mixed them around on the tray and asked him to (visually) match them. He did with swiftness and excellence. Then I explained how we can use our fingers to determine if things are alike or different. I put a blindfold over my eyes and showed him how to match the fabric just by touching.
He was mesmerized - I think more by the fact of seeing a blindfold for the first time than by the fact that I could actually match the fabric, blindfolded. He tried it and enjoyed the game, once. Then he didn't want to do it again.