Sunday 27 April 2014


Montessori Activity: The Bead Cabinet - Sensorial Experiences with the Chain (Stage VI)

AGE: 4.5-6 (the child should have worked with the initial bead presentation and the short bead stair and be very familiar with the sensorial materials)

OBJECTIVE(S): To show the child the progression of different relationships between units, squares, and cubes.

1.     Colored bead cubes
2.     Cube chains
3.     Several mats
4.     Bead squares added later 

1.     Place several rugs on the floor, one beneath the other.

2.     Bring the bead presentation tray containing 1 unit, 10 bar, 100 square and 1000 cube to the mat. Later add to these materials the 100 and 1000 chains.


1.     From the top of the mat, right to left, place the colored bead cubes.

1000 cube 9 cube 8 cube 7 cube 6 cube...... etc. to 1 red bead

2.     In a vertical manner under each appropriate cube place the cube chain.

1000 chain 9 8 7 6 5 chain, ...etc.

3.     Let the child observe the layout. Does he see any similarity?

4.     Say, "There is one bead here and one bead here", "There are eight beads here" (pointing to the cube of 2) and "There are eight beads in this chain", "There are 27 beads in this cube" (3) and "There are 27 beads in this chain"

5.     Repeat this process all the way through to 1000 showing first the number of beads in the cube and then in the chain.

- Chain of 4-64
             - Chain of 5-125
             - Chain of 7-343
             - Chain of 8-512
             - Chain of 9-729
             - Chain of 10-1000

6.     Layout all the cube chains, left to right, across the top of the mat but vertically. Below each of the chains layout all of the colored squares vertically under the appropriate cubes.

7.     Fold up each length of the cube chain to form each square and then place the square next to it. Repeat this process all the way through to 1000. When completed, place the squares directly on top of the folded chains.

8.     Could repeat step 6 in a horizontal manner also.

- Shu-Chen Jenny Yen’s On-line Montessori Albums

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