Friday 28 October 2011


Montessori Activity: Sorting Animal-Shaped Pasta

Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 5 -15 minutes


1. To train the child’s fine motor skills
2. To teach colors


1. 1 container containing animal-shaped pasta
2. 4-5 small bowls of same color to sort the animal-shaped pasta (1 bowl for the broken pieces)
3. 1 pincer (optional)
4. 1 tray

* It is important that the color of the 4 small bowls are the same, so as not to confuse the child that it is number sorting and not color sorting.


1. Demonstrate to your child by sorting one set of the animal-shaped pasta - horse, cow, rabbit and duck into each of the small bowls.

2. As you go along, count or recite the name of the animal.

3. Encourage your child to try.

4. Pour back all the blocks into the big bowl and repeat the game.

Additional Information:

A sweet friend of mine, Jenny, gave J some of the animal-shaped pasta today. J came home from the daycare, and picked it immediately for Montessori this evening. I let him try by picking with the pincer at first, but he got impatient and used his hands. He (2Y7M23D) sorted the animals though, so my objective has been met :-)

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