Saturday 30 November 2013

Montessori Acitivity: Constructive Triangles - Large Hexagonal Box

Age: From 4 years old

Objective(s):

1. To show the child how different triangles can create 4-sided shapes.

2. To prepare the child for geometry.

Materials:

1. The Montessori Large Hexagonal Box
2. 1 mat

Directions:

1. Show where the large hexagonal (六边形) box is kept and bring it to the mat.

2. Place the triangles randomly on the mat.

3. Take the 2 red triangles and create a rhombus (菱形 língxíng) by matching the black lines.

4. Take the 2 gray triangles and create a parallelogram (平行四边形) by matching the black lines.

5. Take the 4 yellow triangles create a hexagon as shown in the picture.

6. Fold each of the outside 3 yellow triangles inwards to form an equilateral (等边三角形) triangle.

7. Unfold the 3 yellow triangles back to the hexagonal shape.

8. Name the shapes created one by one.

9. Encourage your child to try.

Video Demonstration:

Language:

As you go along, say the name of the shapes formed.

References:

Basic Montessori Learning Activities for Under-Fives by David Gettman
http://faculty.fullerton.edu/syen/mts/sensor/14.htm
http://www.infomontessori.com/sensorial/visual-sense-constructive-triangles-large-hexagonal-box.htm

You can find the Montessori rectangular box from amazon: