Array Montessori Sensorial Knobless Cylinders | Montessori From The Heart

## Montessori Sensorial Knobless Cylinders teach toddlers and preschoolers to discriminate using a visual sense between height and diameter of solid 3D shapes.

Montessori Sensorial Knobless cylinders consist of four sets of ten cylinders in each set, varying in height and/or diameter. Each set is in a separate wood box with a lid painted the same color as the cylinders: red, green, yellow, and blue.

• Yellow cylinders vary in height and diameter.
• Green cylinders vary in height and diameter.
• Red cylinders vary in diameter only (height remains constant).
• Blue cylinders vary in height (thickness/the diameter is the same).

## Benefits of Montessori Sensorial Knobless Cylinders

The purpose of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension. The material also provides experiences of seriation and gives the child basic language important in maths.

### The control of error

The control of error: (a) visual ~ the child can discern irregularities in the seriation (can be checked by running a finger on top of cylinders), or (b) physical: if the tower topples.

### AGE TO INTRODUCE

You can introduce this Montessori sensorial material starting at two and a half years of age. Since these cylinders do not have a knob, they require a more advanced pincer grip control. I love this material since there are so many extensions and numerous pattern options you can introduce. For example, the sequence cards vary in the degree of difficulty, so your child even beyond three years of age can still enjoy these cylinders.

### HOW TO PRESENT Montessori Knobless Cylinders

Presentation: For example, selecting the yellow box. Show the child how to carry the box using two hands cupped around the box. Remove the cylinders one by one grasping them over the top with your dominant hand, using the pincer grip. Show the child how to grade the cylinders from biggest to smallest in a horizontal line. Then, invite the child to grade the cylinders.

Alternatively, you can invite the child to build a standing tower with the cylinders starting with the largest cylinders first. (If the activity is not done on a table, you may use the lid of the box as a base.)

Lastly, the child can use more than one set of cylinders together to discover different properties such as similarities and differences in dimensions between the cylinders. This is where you would use sequence, pattern, and comparison cards.

## Sequence, pattern, & comparison cards

Below are patterns Adrian did starting at 2 ½ years of age. (Please, note, that simple seriation can be introduced as early as two years of age.)

## Knobless Cylinder Comparison Cards

Below, Adrian at 36 months, is using 4th set Knobless Cylinder Comparison Cards:

When combining more than one set, the child should sort the sets individually first.

The child can self-check by running a finger across the cylinders to confirm seriation.

Below are Extensions Adrian had done at 4 years old (11/3/2017).

## PRESENTING Montessori SENSORIAL MATERIALS

Generally, you would start introducing sensorial activities to a toddler at about two years of age in the following order:

See here ❤️💚Christmas Knobless Cylinders 3 Yo • Montessori Sensorial Activity.

See here 🎄Christmas Tree from Montessori Number Rods & Knobless Cylinders.

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Which Montessori Sensorial Knobless Cylinders presentation was your favorite?

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• December 23, 2016 at 1:41 am

Merci pour les cartes

• August 19, 2019 at 12:13 pm

HI!!! thanks a lot for your blog! It is possible to have in pdf your cards please?

• August 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Thank you! Did you find them?

• December 2, 2020 at 5:08 am

I would love to download the pdfs if possible! Thanks for sharing 😀

• August 19, 2019 at 12:33 pm

oh Sorry I find thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

• August 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Ahh so glad you did!

• August 24, 2020 at 2:42 pm

I cannot see how to download the comparison cards

• November 4, 2021 at 4:40 pm

Where can I find these cards?:) Can you help me?

• June 6, 2021 at 10:53 am

Hi! Where did you find the cards? I’d love to have these for my classroom

• June 6, 2021 at 10:42 pm

Hi, same question as others. Where do we find these cards? Are they on your site?

• June 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm

Hi, I will email you where you can fin them 🙂

• May 11, 2022 at 12:58 pm

Hi I would like know where you got those cards, would appreciate your sharing.
Thank you

• May 18, 2022 at 2:04 pm

I emailed you the link 🙂

• February 6, 2022 at 10:42 am

Hi Anya, your website is beautiful! Can you email me the pdf for the knobless cylinder cards please? Thank you!

• March 7, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Where can I obtain the Knobless cylinder comparison cards?

• May 18, 2022 at 2:02 pm

I emailed you the link 🙂

• May 10, 2022 at 1:50 pm

where can i find the cards

• May 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm

I emailed you the link 🙂 Anya

• June 19, 2022 at 9:36 am

Would you mind sending me the knobless cylinder comparison cards?

• August 15, 2022 at 6:54 am

Hi there! Loved these extension activities. Would you mind sharing the pdf version of these cards?

• September 10, 2022 at 1:01 pm

Hi Anya, I would love to get these card extensions for the knobless cylinders. Thank you for your help.

• November 23, 2022 at 8:39 pm

Hi Anya
I am also looking fot the card extensions (beautiful ones) for the knobless cylinders, please! And thak you so much for your help!!

• December 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm

Please email where I can find the cards. Thank you

• January 9, 2023 at 10:56 am

Please can you share the link for the knobless cylinder comparison cards.

• January 30, 2023 at 7:12 am

Hello, i would really appreciate it, if you would send me the cards. We could really use them in my kindergarten class 😉 thank you.

• February 22, 2023 at 9:12 am

Hi, can you tell me where I can find the cards extensions for the knobless cylinders please

• February 25, 2023 at 4:13 pm

Hello Anya! I love the extension cards! can you please email me the link for the same? I would really like to use them in my montessori classroom. Many Thanks! 🙂

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