The sensorial module is a core component of the Montessori curriculum. Sensorial activities, as you might have guessed, serve to develop the child’s five senses, including their tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory senses. Maria Montessori believed that children learn about the environment around them through their senses, and that this is a process that begins at birth.
Children respond well to developing their senses in their preschool years, which is why sensorial activities are so important during this time. With that in mind, here are four popular Montessori sensorial activities for preschoolers.
- Touch the Fabrics (Featuring Montessori’s Fabric Box)
The Fabric Box is a classic Montessori sensorial material that can be used in numerous different sensorial-based activities. An easy activity is to get children to match fabrics with similar textures, allowing them to develop their tactile sense. Begin by asking them to describe the different textures, whether they are soft, bumpy, etc., allowing them to feel the different textures with their hands. Next, have them match similar textures together. To increase the level of difficulty, you can blindfold children while they do the activity.
- The Sound Box Activity (Featuring Montessori’s Sound Boxes)
Montessori’s Sound Boxes are another popular sensorial material. Each cylinder is filled with a different material so that when they are shaken, they produce a different sound. One popular activity is to have children match the blue and red cylinders together based on the similarity of the sounds that they make.
- Smelling Bottles Activity (Featuring the Montessori Smelling Bottles)
Another popular sensorial activity involves the Montessori smelling bottles. This activity is similar to the first two in that children must match similar scented bottles together.
- Building a Tower (Featuring the Montessori Pink Tower)
The Pink Tower is a staple in Montessori schools. For those not familiar with the Pink Tower, it is composed of a series of different sized cubes. One of the most popular sensorial activities is to build a tower, beginning with the biggest cube on the bottom and ending with the smallest one on top. This develops the child’s visual sense, and particularly their sense of dimension. For toddlers, you can simply build a tower using five of the biggest cubes.
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