|Sensorial - Visual Discrimination of Size|
|Age||2.5 - 3.5|
|Prerequisites||Using a Mat|
Practical Life Activities
|Materials||set of Pink Tower cubes|
Use of this material teaches the child visual discrimination of dimension. This activity also prepares the child for algebra.
- Carry the cubes to a mat one at a time starting with the smallest cube. Arrange them randomly.
- Select the largest cube and the smallest cube and set them next to each other. Say, "This is large. This is small."
- Place the largest cube at the center of the mat.
- Find the next largest cube and place it on top of the largest.
- Continue placing cubes on the stack from largest to smallest until the whole tower is constructed.
- Carefully disassemble the stack and give the child a turn.
- When putting away the material, be sure to take the largest cube to the shelf first.
Points of Interest
Control of Error
Variations and Extensions
- Put the blocks in order horizontally.
- big and small
The Pink Tower consists of ten cubes that differ in size by 1cm from one to the next. The largest cube is 10cm cubed and the smallest is 1cm cubed.
The cubes are usually painted pink, but are sometimes left as natural wood. The important thing is that they are all the same color so that the only difference between them is the size.
Where to Buy
Prices and links last checked: 27 June 2020
Affordable Montessori $59.00
Alison's $35.00 (unpainted wood)
Best Montessori Toys $44.90
E & O $129.00
Hello Wood $145.00 (painted pink)
Hello Wood $145.00 (stained pink)
Hello Wood $138.00 (natural wood)
Kid Advance $53.99
Leader Joy $54.95
Leader Joy $69.95
Materials Co. of Boston $105.00
Montessori Outlet $54.95
Miniature Pink Tower
Stand for the Pink Tower
Affordable Montessori $9.00
Alison's $15.30 (white)
E & O $16.00
Hello Wood $17.00
Kid Advance $11.99
Leader Joy $16.95
Materials Co. of Boston $19.00
Montessori Outlet $9.95 (painted white)
Extra 4 cm Cubes
Extra 5 cm Cube
Extra 6 cm Cubes
Extra 7 cm Cubes
Extra 8 cm Cubes
Extra 9 cm Cubes
Extra 10 cm Cubes
- Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-fives by David Gettman, pages 74-76
- Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, page 49