Must-have Montessori Sensorial Materials

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These Montessori sensorial materials are essential for families looking to grow in the Montessori community.

Whether they are beginning a montessori-inspired preschool or you are looking to add more activities to your playroom, these activities are a great place to start. 

 

From building towers to colorful tablets to a sound machine, these activities will encourage development for all 5 of your child’s senses.

 

If you are looking to truly commit to a Montessori education for your preschooler, these tools are an important addition to their lives. Look for them at your child’s school and consider adding a few of their favorites to your own collection. 

 

Ready to learn all about the essential Montessori sensorial materials? Keep reading…

 

5 Benefits to a Montessori Home

 

When raising toddlers, having a home that is focused on a Montessori lifestyle has countless benefits. Not only does it develop independence, it fosters a healthy sense of self esteem, boosts imagination and creativity, not to mention develops problem solving skills. 

5 benefits to montessori play. two cartoon children happily playing.

 

Even better? The montessori method has proven to teach compassion. That means that with siblings, your toddlers will have less fighting and more fun. 

 

That, in itself, makes these tools worth the investment. 

 

I love having these tools in my home, and I am convinced that you will as well. Keep reading about the most popular Montessori materials and activities to help foster your child’s development in every way… 

 

Must-have Montessori Materials 

 

These sensorial activities were designed by Dr. Montessori herself and are a perfect addition to any playroom. Not only will they teach your child new things, but they look adorable. 

 

Any of these activities are sure to encourage the development of any child’s senses- even the olfactory sense. Even better, the particular quality that each of these toys are made out of are perfect for your young child. 

 

Pink Tower 

Made from solid wood, the pink tower is quint-essential montessori method. Used to shape muscle control as well as distinguish shapes and sizes, the pink tower is excellent sensorial work. 

 

The different sizes begin large and reduce down to a cubic centimeter, helping

 

Red Rods 

This popular toy helps with your child’s visual discrimination and is an indirect method in measurement preparation later on. 

 

You will be surprised with all of the ways that young children can find new ways to play with these red rods. In your playroom, red rods make an excellent toy for solo play. 

 

Brown Stair  

This the different heights and widths to each stair piece, this activity is an excellent first step to learning sizing in an indirect manner. 

 

Made from solid wood, the brown stair begins with a broad stair and becomes more narrow as the stairs shrink in size. Kids love it and parents do too. 

 

Cylinder Blocks 

Another popular montessori sensorial material, the cylinder blocks are a must have. Included is a rectangular prism and works to help isolate the relationship between volume and dimension. 

 

With the blocks coming in 4 bold colors, your toddler will be drawn to this toy and play for hours with it. 

 

Color Tablets 

This game, known as the color resemblance sorting task, is perfect to help your child develop visual perception as well as color discrimination. 

 

 The color tablets game is indirect preparation for developing organizational skills that will help them thrive in their lifetime.

 

Sound Boxes 

Also known as sound cylinders, I love to set out this toy in the sound sensorial area of the montesorri classroom or playroom. 

 

The different sounds are fun, kids are just drawn to it! (plus it helps develop their auditory sense)

 

Geometric Solids

It is so valuable to explore different shapes in early childhood, which is why providing geometric solids is so valuable. Help them develop a strong impression of movement through play with geometric solids.

 

To help peak the child’s interest, use a scale to let them discover the weight of different objects.

 

Knobless Cylinders

One of the best tools for developing control of error, this activity will help children identify the proper placement of different blocks. The simplicity will help them learn and correct any mistakes without an adult’s assistance. 

Pressure Cylinders 

Dr. Maria Montessori designed this toy to introduce the concept of pressure, the difference in pressure, and improve concentration, coordination, independence, and problem solving skills.

 

Using their sense of touch, children can use this toy to learn about different levels of resistance pressure. 

 

Baric Tablets 

Also known as Touch Tablets, this activity can help children begin their Montessori journey from a young age. With different weights, this is one of the more diverse sensorial exercises.

 

Since there is no specific way to use these tablets, children can use their imagination to discover abstract concepts in a simple way. 

 

Geometric Cabinet 

Children are known explorers of the world, so helping them explore with basic concepts like geometry are essential. 

 

Encourage the child to recognize representation of shapes leading to an abstract conception of form.

 

 

Broad Stairs 

 

The rage of dimensions on this montessori activity directly helps children develop visual discrimination of dimensions. This is a fundamental part of a sturdy foundation in math. 

 

Cotton Balls 

 

Surprisingly enough, cotton balls are one of the most fun, cost efficient toys that can be added to any montessori classroom or playroom. 

 

Whether they blow them with straws across the table in a race or are part of a stereognostic bag, there are plenty of ways to incorporate them into lots of play. 

 

In Summary

 

There are plenty of ways to add more play into your child’s day to day. Look around and see what you have and let them get to work. 

 

If you want to focus on truly helping them develop lifelong skills, however, the Montessori method can provide the foundation for a great education. These toys, designed by Dr. Montessori herself, are all for intentional play to help your child develop for a lifetime of learning. 

 

 

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