If you have one or more of the traditional Montessori sensorial materials, you undoubtedly want to encourage the best possible use of the material. Extensions can create more interest as well as add a new level of difficulty for your child or students who need a more advanced activity.
Some of the most likely sensorial materials to be purchased are the Montessori size materials: the cylinder blocks, knobless cylinders, pink tower, brown stair, and red rods.
Some Examples of Sensorial Size Extensions:
The Montessori Learning Center of Dundee has lots of photos of extensions of pink tower, brown stair, and knobless cylinders from years of teaching in a Montessori school.
Parenting in the Moment has extensions with the pink tower and brown stair.
Smiling Like Sunshine shows extensions with the pink tower and brown stair.
Lapappadolce has lots of pink tower and brown stair extensions along with free printables.
Montessori MOMents has examples of extensions for pink tower and brown stair, red rods, knobbed cylinders, and knobless cylinders. (Update: the Montessori MOMents links have been changed to a new URL. You just have to dismiss the image that comes up saying the domain name has expired.)
Förskoleburken has free knobless cylinder printables.
Montessori with Myra has a number of sensorial extensions.
Andrea Coventry has Extensions of Montessori Size Materials at Suite 101.
Early Education with Antek and Kuba has inspiring pink tower and brown stair extensions.
Ms. Tracy has a number of sensorial extensions.
Wikisori has a number of extensions.
Montessori Tidbits has extensions and links to lots of resources for knobless cylinders.
Montessori Works has free sensorial extension cards.
My sensorial posts often have extensions of activities.
If you have John Bowman’s eBook Montessori at Home: The Complete Guide to Doing Montessori Early Learning Activities at Home, you’ll find lots of easy-to-prepare extensions for sensorial activities. (Note: now is the perfect time to order John’s book. It’s only $7.95 with a new $9.95 version coming out soon. If you order the $7.95 version, you’ll get the new and expanded eBook for free as well!)
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