Our Current Cylinder Storage
Our cylinder blocks are now on the shelves in our family room, and our knobless cylinders are located in the basket below.
I have written about this early sensorial work in the past and you can find a ton of lessons and videos for this work available online and on youtube.
This material was a gifted to us. It is expensive to purchase so as a home schooler there are always choices to be made as to what you feel your children will love and benefit from.
There are many materials on the market (perhaps that you already own) that can serve the vast majority of the purpose for this material. so if it isn't affordable or something you can make (or have someone else make) then no worries.
Why do we love this material?Both of our children ended up with a tremendous love of building and creating, so this material was extremely appealing to them.
They are both fans of puzzles and design work, so again loved it for this reason.
Given this is a Montessori material all block sets contain 10 cylinders and are graded in various dimensions linking this material to the mathematics curriculum.
This is a valuable opportunity for your child to physically grade and evaluate material in terms of size weight. As always another great opp to introduce new vocabulary, memory and recall skills.
Later this is a fantastic material for a measurement lesson!
A few of our other design favorites...
Ava was ready to work with all four blocks at around three and a half years of age. She loved this material and still loves it at age 7!!
For those of you who may not know the knobs are approximately the size of a pencil and were designed to help your child develop their pincer grasp/pencil grip for future writing preparation.
Ava was 5yrs here working with the knobless cylinders. We have many extension design cards that we found online, but for the most part the kids design their own.
Want to make your own?
Here is a cut list help out!
Please let me know if you make these!!