Category Archives: Montessori

Primary Colors Mobile

For Montessori infants, there are a series of mobiles to help stimulate the senses. These are about $50 (give or take) each, which can get rather expensive. My crafty do-it-myself side thought, “I can make those!” But it’s time consuming and the baby is due in about 6 weeks. I finally finished the Primary Colors Mobile, which is to be introduced at 12-18 months. So… I should have worked on one of the earlier ones… but… alas, this one looked like it was the easiest to tackle.

I needed some wooden discs, twine, a dowel, glue, paint, and some eye-screws. This probably cost me about $8 total, not counting the full price for the paint. I got the dowel and eye-screws from the hardware store, I had the wood glue, the twine is from Goodwill, and the rest is from the craft store.

My mother-in-law cut slits half way through each disc (she has a band saw). I glued them together like so.

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Then I painted them. I drilled a pilot hole in the top of each and inserted the screw, measured the twine, and attached everything to my dowel.

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I considered painting the dowel but couldn’t decide on a color. I suppose I have 12-18 months to figure it out.

Thanks for reading!

No-So Pink Tower

The Pink Tower is a Montessori activity for 3-3 1/2 year olds that helps the child learn a number of things. Visual discrimination of large to small, comparatives, superlatives, dimensions, refinement of visual-motor coordination, concentration, and is an introduction to mathematics.  For more information about the Pink Tower and how it is used, look here: http://www.infomontessori.com/sensorial/visual-sense-pink-tower.htm

These run about $70, give or take. They are made of wood and are painted pink. I, trying to be budget friendly and crafty, am attempting to make one myself. I found four pieces at a craft store and stained them with olive oil. This way I don’t have to pay the insane price for soy based paint or worry about my paint job. Olive oil is safe and it retained the natural beauty of the wood.

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So here is my four piece natural tower. Little Jams has played with it, properly, a number of times already. The rest of the pieces will be a little more challenging because I’ll have to size them up and cut them accordingly. This portion, so far, cost me about $1.25, about 1/2 tsp of olive oil, and 10 minutes.

This is one of many… many projects I’m working on. I’ll post more when there’s some progress. Take care!

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