Montessori Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Knobbed Cylinders Extension

One of the classic Montessori materials is the knobbed cylinders [sometimes called cylinder blocks].  They can be quite expensive to buy, but I found this mini set for a reasonable price and snatched them up.

L has mastered each knobbed cylinder set individually [for instructions on how to present them, look here], so I knew she was ready for an extension of the work.

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I put all four of the knobbed cylinders on a tray and put all of the cylinders into a bag in the middle.  I showed L how to take a cylinder from the bag and put it in the correct hole.  This work takes a while to complete since there are so many cylinders and holes to choose from — this builds concentration and focus.

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L was pretty excited to have completed the whole work!  The knobbed cylinders are a sensorial material that teach visual discrimination of size and promote fine motor skills, pincer grip, and hand-eye coordination.  For older children [or if your child is ready for a more complicated extension], you can try this activity while blindfolded.


4 thoughts on “Montessori Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Knobbed Cylinders Extension

  1. How lucky your little girl is as well as the children of other parents who take the time and energy to provide such a rich environment with many opportunities for experimenting and learning. You are giving children the opportunity to develop to their full potential. What a wonderful world it would be if all children were afforded this kind of care.


    1. I just found this comment — WordPress classified it as spam for some reason! Thank you so much — I’m hoping that this blog will be a way to help other parents provide the same rich environment in their own homes.


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