The Pink Tower and Brown Stair are two of the most recognized Early Montessori Materials.
Here is our DIY version of both.
When we decided to incorporate Montessori Materials into our home school environment there were many materials we decided that we could make for a reasonable cost, and these two materials fell into that category.
The early lessons for both materials include the sequential building or assembling of both materials. They experience them by size and weight. However after the initial presentations are past and they can assemble both readily, some of the most fun and interesting (to our children) were/are the design extensions.
The concept of sequential ordering of blocks is very basic and there are many toys and materials on the retail market that can accomplish this skill very nicely.
I chose to do this post together because if you are going to make these materials it is great to know that they work together. If you plan to use them for extension design work they will need to be made in the same dimensions. The easiest way to do this is to make the broad stair prisms and cut you cubes from the ends. We needed to laminate (glue together) several pieces of scrap pine in order to make the largest block sizes. We used a table saw to make the cuts.
After a great deal of sanding you can choose to leave yours natural in colour or to paint them. I used spray paint for ours.
The extensions we are using are from Montessori Print Shop.
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