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.
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!