The Montessori Geometric Solids basket contains ten standard shapes: cube, sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, triangular prism, ovoid, ellipsoid, triangular-based pyramid, and square-based pyramid. Some sets may include additional shapes such as the hemisphere and different sizes of cylinders, but these should be set aside for now.
- The Montessori Geometric Solids exercise helps children develop their sense of touch and improve their visual and spatial perception.
- It also promotes their ability to identify, compare, and categorize shapes, and develops their vocabulary and language skills.
- By handling the shapes and exploring their properties, children can also develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
To use the Geometric Solids, you will need:
- The basket of Geometric Solids
- A set of wooden tablets that match the base of the rectilinear solids or the shape of the curvilinear solids
- A mat for floor work
- Invite your child to join you for this exercise.
- Place the basket and tablets on the mat.
- Start by introducing the sphere, cube, and cone using the three-period lesson method.
- Explore each shape with both hands, rolling it along the mat to see how it moves.
- Allow your child to handle each shape and name it.
- If your child is eager to continue, move to the second period, which involves finding and handling the shapes.
- In the third period, have your child identify the most recently handled shape.
- If your child masters the first three shapes, introduce another three shapes in the next session.
- When your child knows the names of at least six shapes, practice identifying them by reaching into the basket, feeling a shape, naming it, and handling it.
- Encourage your child to try independently and repeat the activity as many times as they wish.
Points to Note:
- The three-period lesson in this exercise may differ slightly due to the intensive handling of the shapes.
- If your child is not ready for more shapes, set everything aside and revisit the exercise in 2-3 days.
- Encourage your child to move the shapes on the ground and compare how they roll.
The Montessori Geometric Solids exercise is a simple and fun way for children to learn about shapes and their properties. By using the three-period lesson method, children can improve their sensory, language, and critical thinking skills, as well as their understanding of spatial relationships and geometry.