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DIY Montessori Number Rods and AlternativesI had never thought about making Montessori number rods until I discovered some amazing examples online. For a homeschool, I would probably purchase the regular-size pink tower, brown stair, and red rods to give the child an accurate sensorial impression of size. Of course, if you’re very crafty, even those can be made by hand.

But I don’t think following the traditional Montessori number-rod size is as important. There are many different options that work well for number rods. There are some inexpensive options for small number rods or very inexpensive versions of DIY number rods. If you want yours to look like the traditional Montessori number rods, number rods won’t be an easy material to make. But there are tutorials for beautiful handmade versions of the traditional materials and for some amazingly simple alternatives that could be used for a homeschool.

DIY Montessori Number Rods and Alternatives

DIY Montessori Number Rods (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

DIY Montessori Number Rods (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

Montessori MOMents has a tutorial for traditional Montessori number rods made of solid oak.

DIY Number Rods (Photo from Making Montessori Ours)

DIY Number Rods (Photo from Making Montessori Ours)

Making Montessori Ours made traditional wooden number rods with number cards from wood ply and red vinyl numbers.

Maybe Montessori made wooden number rods with red and natural-colored wood sections.

A Handmade Childhood made wooden number rods with red and natural-colored wood sections.

Walk Beside Me made half-sized number rods.

Earth Friendly Mama made number rods from a Jenga game.

Duplo Number Rods by Julie from The Adventues of Bear at Totally Tots

Duplo Number Rods by Julie from The Adventues of Bear at Totally Tots

Julie from The Adventures of Bear at Totally Tots has Duplo number rods.

Number Rod Control Chart and Numbers (Image from Montessori Print Shop)

Number Rod Control Chart and Numbers (Image from Montessori Print Shop)

Montessori Print Shop has Free Printable Number Rods. Montessori MOMents has an example of how they can be used as an alternative to number rods and cards. Montessori at Home has another idea for using the free printables to make DIY number rods and cards.

United Teaching used Unifix Cubes as a simple and inexpensive alternative to Montessori number rods.

Number Rod Presentations and Extensions

Montessori Primary  Guide has a presentation for number rods and cards.

The Adventures of Bear has an extension matching number rods to various number cards.

I have a post with a list of all my DIY roundup posts: DIY Montessori Materials. For an intro to Montessori math activities: Montessori Math Activities.

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