The Pink Tower was designed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It remains unchanged through time and you’ll find it in any Montessori classrooms across the globe . Probably it is most favorite and iconic of all pre schooling materials.
How does it look like – It has 10 wooden cubes , size ranges from 1 cubic centimeter to 10cubic centimeters.
(a unit of volume equal to a cube one centimeter long on each side)
Why it is in Sensorial Area of the class room ? –
The Pink Tower is a scientifically designed material in the Sensorial Area of the classroom. Dr. Montessori proved that working with the Sensorial materials enables the children to refine their senses and get a clearer understanding of what they are seeing, touching , smelling or feeling. It helps with the development of intelligence.
NOTE that all cubes in the Pink Tower are all the same color, shape and texture. It helps the child to focus on one important quality of the it – “The Size of Cube”
How it work on senses and Hand-Eye coordination ? –
In a very first attempt to build the Pink Tower, they may not be able to do it absolutely right, they may not be able to control their movements . Through repetition and development of their hand-eye coordination, the child is able to make their hands move in a precise way. This is the key to self-control.
With their visual perception, the child assess whether they’ve built the Tower in order. This control of error helps the child realize what’s wrong and correct it. Through this, the child become more confident and independent .
How it is a Preparation for Language and Maths? –
Indirectly the Pink Tower prepares the child for Language and Maths. It prepares the hand for writing, as children need to use the 3-finger grip to carry the cubes. Through language games, new vocabulary is introduced to the child such as cube, large, small, bigger and biggest. This enables the child to further explore their environment and find something small, large or something “bigger than this”. It also encourages the child to use descriptive language in the environment.
The Pink Tower also prepares the mathematical mind. As the child works with 10 cubes which represents the numbers 1-10. It also introduces Geometry, as the child explores the different cubes and their dimensions. These concepts are not introduced to the child, but are absorbed by their Absorbent Mind.
So, why is the Pink Tower pink?
Answer the mystery as to why the Pink Tower is pink, Dr. Maria Montessori experimented with different colors and she observed that the children were more attracted to the color pink, compared to the other colors. After all, now you know just how amazing this simple tower of blocks is.
Who would have thought that such a simple material could introduce so many different concepts to a child?
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