Monday 19 March 2012


Montessori Activity: Transferring Marbles Onto Suction Pad with Tweezers

Age: From 2.5 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 suction pad
2. 1 container with marbles
3. 1 pair of tweezers
4. 1 Tray


1. Demonstrate by transferring the marbles one-by-one from the container to the suction pad.

2. Encourage your child to try.

3. Talk about the colours and count the marbles during the game. Give a lot of praise when your child succeed.


Suction pad 10 DKK (2.23 SGD or 1.78 USD) from Tiger

Additional Information:

J (3Y0M14D) tried this for the first time today 19 March 2012. He could do it rather well, although it took him some effort to complete the whole pad and required some concentration. However, he concentrated and completed it. He wanted to do it again on his own, while I continued my own chores. He commented on the similarity of the tweezers and chopsticks and that the pair of tweezers worked like chopsticks. He managed to work on it for 15-20 minutes, I think. Compared to when he started at 2 years old, at 3 years old, he is now able to work harder and longer on his Montessori activities, and it is very rewarding to see the progress. It is training his concentration. My efforts of persevering for the past 1 year has paid off, and I just want to thank God deeply.

I bought my soap pad in Denmark, but the rubber suction soap holder is available in Amazon:

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