Monday, 22 August 2011


Montessori Activity: Transferring Marbles with Tongs

Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes


1. To train the child’s fine motor skills.
2. To teach the concept of squeeze and release.
3. To teach the names of different colours.
4. To teach counting.


1. 1 water-colour pallet
2. Approx. 5 - 7 marbles (keep it simple, not too many)
3. 1 small container
4. 1 pair of tongs
5. 1 Tray


1. Put the marbles on the pallet's slots and transfer it into a container with tongs.

2. Transfer the marbles back to the pallet one-by-one with the tongs.

3. Encourage your child to try.

Additional Information:

J (2Y5M17D) tried this activity today and he could do it well without much struggle. Then he got bored with it :-(


  1. Hi Elaine! I'm so glad I found your blog today through! I am also married to a Dane and live in Denmark (I'm from Australia). I've been trying to implement the Montessori approach into our home, and it's so exciting to find another person using this method in Denmark! I'm so encouraged. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi, I am very glad to hear that. Nice to hear of someone else doing the same here in Denmark. Let's continue to encourage one another :-)


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