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Thursday, March 26, 2020

A Super Easy Math DIY for Preschoolers

Montessori has so many great traditional math works. In fact the entire mathematical curriculum is pure genius. I personally have such a complicated relationship with math that I often regret the fact that I wasn't able to learn the Montessori way. I wonder if that relationship would be different if I had the benefit of using Montessori materials in my own childhood. But, it's too late for me, so I focus on my children. 

This Montessori inspired DIY activity is perfect to introduce math concepts to 3-year-olds. This simple toy is perfect for your Montessori shelves and a great way to get started with Montessori math at home.

But, that doesn't mean that we need every single math material in our homes. This is especially true if you send your child to a Montessori school. This is not only expensive but it just isn't necessary. Gus will eventually go to a Montessori children's house and have a formal introduction to the Montessori math curriculum. But, for now I'm introducing a few things here at home as he shows interest. 

This Montessori inspired DIY activity is perfect to introduce math concepts to 3-year-olds. This simple toy is perfect for your Montessori shelves and a great way to get started with Montessori math at home.


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Recently, I made this super easy DIY. It is far from perfect but it's a really fun way to illustrate some of the same concepts as the traditional red and blue number rods. I was inspired by another toy I saw on Instagram that is no longer easily found. 

To make this, I used a square dowel I bought at the craft store and cut into different lengths. I made the longest 10 inches, and then reduced by 2 inches each time until I had run out of wood. Then I used the smallest circle in our stencil and a regular kids marker to draw circles on each piece. Since I only had 5 pieces I started with 5 circles and moved down from there to match the sizes. And, that's it! I kept all the colors the same to really isolate the number concept and not the changes between the colors. 


I put on a tray and let Gus explore. It's been a great way to count and visual see that the higher a number goes the bigger it is! If I was to do this project again, I would have tried to get the dots to line up a bit better, and I would love to add 10 shapes instead of just 5. 
This Montessori inspired DIY activity is perfect to introduce math concepts to 3-year-olds. This simple toy is perfect for your Montessori shelves and a great way to get started with Montessori math at home.
But, if you're looking for a cheap, easy, fun way to explore math, this Montessori inspired DIY is perfect! I'll share some more of Gus' math work soon! 


What kind of math work does your 3-year-old love? 

This Montessori inspired DIY activity is perfect to introduce math concepts to 3-year-olds. This simple toy is perfect for your Montessori shelves and a great way to get started with Montessori math at home.

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