I have many fond memories of children’s work with Montessori cylinder blocks. You’ve probably noticed that my now-adult daughter is part of the Living Montessori Now logo. She’s working with a cylinder block at age 1 1/2. Today, I’m sharing ideas for the first presentation of a Montessori cylinder block. This can be introduced as early as age 1 1/2.
First Cylinder Block Presentation for Toddlers
The Montessori cylinder blocks are amazing materials for developing visual size discrimination. In the first Montessori cylinder block, the cylinders vary only in diameter but not in height. I love that they’re a beautiful introduction to Montessori sensorial activities along with being safe for toddlers.
Except for the two cylinder blocks that don’t have a short, thin piece, I don’t recommend having cylinder blocks accessible to toddlers unless you’re certain your toddler won’t mouth the cylinders. Be sure to watch the YouTube video to hear why I don’t recommend buying the toddler cylinder blocks (sometimes called mini cylinder blocks).
If your child attends or will attend a Montessori school, you don’t need to buy traditional Montessori materials (such as cylinder blocks). Cylinder blocks are wonderful to own if you’re a Montessori homeschooler, though. The cylinder blocks can be introduced to toddlers and used in a wide variety of activities throughout the preschool years.
First Cylinder Block Presentation for Toddlers – YouTube Video
In this video, my adult daughter, Christina (the one at age 1 1/2 in the Living Montessori Now logo) tells more about the Montessori cylinder blocks and shows a first presentation. My 18-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, joins Christina near the end of the video.
If you find that your toddler isn’t interested or ready for the cylinder blocks, don’t worry. They’re not at all essential for toddlers. Just put the cylinder block away, and get it out again in a month or whenever you think your toddler might be ready for a repeat presentation.
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Montessori Cylinder Block Resources and Presentations for Preschoolers
My cylinder blocks are from Alison’s Montessori. I’m especially happy with the value line materials because they’re reasonably priced for homeschoolers, nice quality, and the cylinders fit perfectly in the holes (very important). You can read my review of the Alison’s Montessori cylinder blocks and knobbless cylinders. Cylinder blocks are some of the sensorial materials I recommend buying (for homeschoolers).
In the video, Christina shows a first presentation that works well for toddlers. For later presentations and for preschoolers, check out the cylinder block presentations from Montessori Primary Guide.
Here’s a Montessori Primary Guide YouTube video of a first cylinder block presentation for a preschooler.
If you homeschool a preschooler, please check out my post with Montessori sensorial size extensions. You’ll find lots of great ideas and printables for extensions.
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