One of the beautiful aspects of the Montessori Sensorial materials is extensions. With those children can put into practice their ability to grade and discriminate materials by width, length, size. From my experience, children master the Pink Tower, the Brown Stairs, the Red Rods and the Knobless cylinders very shortly after the initial demonstration. Sensorial extensions provide multiple opportunities to revisit these materials over and over again. Children create interesting patterns, stretch their imagination and usually work in a small group of peers which is a wonderful way to practice sharing and collaboration.
It’s Italian Montessori blog post (in English) that demonstrates numerous extensions for working with the Pink Towers and Brown Stairs which includes free printables.
Children often enjoy creating forms and shapes with the Constructive Blue Triangles. Montessori Constructive Blue Triangles Activity Set is the post written by the Helpful garden who kindly included their free printables. Montessori For Everyone also share their free extension printable here
Montessori Services offers Sensorial Cards. These cards provide an extension to activities using the Brown Stair, Pink Tower, Knobbed or Knobless Cylinders. By matching the parts of the apparatus to corresponding base cards, children refine visual discrimination of size. By comparing solids and planes, the child’s perceptions become more abstract.
This absorbing activity stimulates children to find and match shapes and then discover the way shapes go together to make designs and pictures.
Encourages counting, sorting, and manual dexterity skills.
Encourage counting, sorting, and manual dexterity skills. SuperMind is an absorbing activity that stimulates children to find and match shapes and then discover the way shapes go together to make designs and pictures.
Ideal for any child who has mastered the Mighty Mindset.
SET Card GameThe Family Game of Visual Perception
This engaging game offers the opportunity to flex our innate visual perception and critical-thinking skills by picking out sets of cards based on visible traits (symbol, color, number, and shading).
Wooden Tangram PuzzleAncient Chinese puzzle activity
Seven simple pieces. An unlimited number of designs. It’s no wonder the ancient Chinese tangram has captured the imagination of children (and adults!) for centuries! Shape and pattern recognition skills are developed and creativity inspired by this exceptionally well-made version.