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Sound Cylinders - Sensorial Activity for 2-3 year old toddler

What are sensorial activities? From birth till about seven years of age, children have very sensorial relationship within their world โ€“ they utilize all of their five senses such a sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell to learn about their environment. Anything that triggers their senses, goes directly to their brain. Each Montessori sensorial activity triggers just one sense: allowing a child to discriminate the order and grading of their environment.

Sound Cylinders are a traditional Montessori material that isolates just one sense  - the sense of hearing. This activity can be offered to a child starting from two and a half (you can always try earlier and see if a child responds), and is usually presented after introducing the Knobbed Cylinders, Pink Tower, and Binomial Cube

Sound cylinders come in two (red and blue) identical sets of six sealed wooden cylinders that make a distinctive sound when shaken. The cylinders are graded from very soft to loud, and each cylinder has either a red or a blue top. Each set is contained in a wooden box with a matching red or blue lid.

Your child will learn:

  • auditory/sound discrimination by exploring one sense - a sense of hearing;
  • sense of order;
  • matching the sounds, since sounds made by the cylinders are paired, i.e. the sound made by one cylinder in the red set matches the sound made by its equivalent cylinder in the blue set.

With a younger chid, you may want to start with just three sets of distinct cylinders: arrange blue in a column on the right and red in a column on the left. 


You will perform a pairing exercise: take one red cylinder and shake it near a child's ear.

DSC_0100.JPGThen try to find a match from blue cylinders, asking a child โ€œDoes it sound the same?โ€ 

DSC_0100.JPGA matched pair is placed in the middle.

Control of Error โ€“ numbers on the bottom of each cylinder must match representing a pair.


  • Introducing language: you can present a Thee-Period Lesson to teach a child terminology: loud vs soft. 

                    Presenting a Three-Period Lesson:

                            (P1) โ€œThis is  loud; this is  soft."

                            (P2) โ€œWill you show me loud/soft?

                            (P3) Ask the child: โ€œWhat is this?" 

  • Grading one set of cylinders in order from loudest to softest.
  • Use a blindfold to further isolate the sense of hearing.  


Learning All About โฐTime

Today, we are learning about the time: how to tell, read and write time, and the importance of time in our lives, and how we should cherish and not waste it. Since there are only a finite amount of hours in a day, we shall spend time wisely, and if we waste time on something not very important, we might end up not having enough time to do what really matters to us. So, today we are learning how to choose wisely on what to spend our time and on what not to. 

About Time book (buy here) tells an intriguing story about inventing the art of telling time. At first, no one knew the difference between a minute, an hour, and a day. Then people started creating tools to measure time. First, they used the sun, the moon, and the water, but soon they started building clocks. This book is a good introduction to a broader subject of time, including history of time making, and exploring various timepieces through the ages from an Egyptian shadow clock in 1500 B.C. to electric clocks in A.D. 2000.

Moving from general to specific, we shall learn how to tell (read) time. At this technocratic age, electronic digital clocks are pervasive, but I trust they teach children little about the real time. Yes, Adrian at 35 months can recite: it is 4-43, but does he really understand what it means? I think more proper clocks for children are Clocks with Arabic numbers and real bell alarms, which will go off when the time allocated for an activity had elapsed, having children experience the passage of time.

DSC_0029I purchased the 3-part Clocks cards to practice time-telling. (Free download for your personal use here.)
DSC_0029Adrian matching the hour as shown on the picture-clock to the numeral (the red series).
DSC_0029Exploring the bell alarms (buy a clock here).
DSC_0029The cards come in three color-coded groups: hourly, half-past, quarter-past, quarter-to.

DSC_0006 copy.JPGJulia matched all the cards, arranging them in matching columns, where first had all 5 o'clocks'; second all 6 o'clocks etc.
DSC_0006 copy.JPGLastly, Julia counted 60 marbles to represent 60 minutes. 

Julia and Adrian love their clocks, and they take them everywhere around the house. Even if at a minimum, they learned to be aware of the passage of time, it is a good first step in our Time Learning Study.

The Cycle of an Apple and Apple Serving Activity

It is Fall here, in Western Hemisphere, and apples are everywhere! So today, it is all about apples! 

DSC_0002.JPGApple Serving  Activity

DSC_0002.JPGWe Love these Montessori aprons: independence = confidence = happy child

DSC_0002.JPGLearning about the Life Cycle of an Apple
DSC_0002.JPGThese are traditional Montessori 3-Part Cards. Read more on matching cards here.

DSC_0002.JPGFirst, Adrian matched the picture cards.

DSC_0002.JPGThen, although not reading yet, he visually matched all the label card.


Now, let's slice an apple. I removed the skin of an apple, as it makes much harder for a toddler to pierce the skin. This way, a little wiggling with an apple slicer  gets the job of slicing done.

DSC_0002.JPGTime to work - time to eat.

Time to chop and time to serve:)

It is amazing how much more Adrian would eat of the food he himself prepared. 

Counting animals with marbles - early Math

Today, we are exploring animals, counters, quantity and numerals. Adrian would count the animals, and then place a corresponding number of marble underneath, filling just the exact number of empty square boxes. 

DSC_0022Zebra - is Adrian's favorite animal:)

DSC_0022Adrian would count a marble for each animal and then find the numeral that corresponds to that quantity.

Coloring with Pumpkins

What can be better than enjoying a beautiful autumn afternoon while drawing in the company of pumpkins?


DSC_0065.JPGAdrian drew Julia holding balloons:)

DSC_0065.JPGIn Julia's painting:

Mommy did not have time to put on a costume, while Adrain is a spider, Dad a pirate, and Julia - Princess Aurora:)

I hope you enjoy the season - what ever it is where you live.