Pairing activities

This video lesson is designed for 3-6-year-old children. It guides us through various sensorial materials used to perform various pairing activities and the story behind Dr. Maria Montessori’s sensorial materials.

The Montessori Sensorial materials are scientific, elegant, universal, and beautiful. These tools are designed to rouse a child’s interest in learning and build the child’s overall development. 

Montessori sensorial materials like other Montessori materials are versatile. The same material can be used differently to teach unique skills, such as pairing. 

Pairing activities are also important for a child as it helps them classify, teach patterns, and language grading. These sensorial pairing activities in the Montessori environment are purposeful, developmental, and scientific. These activities boost the child’s five senses, enabling them to learn better.

Benefits of Pairing Activity Using Sensorial Learning 

  • Improve concentration
  • Train visual memory
  • Enhance short-term memory
  • Build attention to minute details
  • Improve the ability to find similarities and differences in objects
  • Help to classify objects that are grouped by similar traits
  • Improves vocabulary
  • Acquires cognitive growth and motor skills
  • Promotes critical thinking and problem-solving

A list of Pairing Activities to be done by Using Sensorial Materials

  1. Identical pairing activities can be done using matching color tablets, touch fabrics, baric tablets, or thermic tablets.
  2. Complimentary pairing activities can be done using Geometric solids or pairing cylinders.
    1. Partial Pairing activities can be done using geometric solids paired with 2D shapes.

List of Pairing Activities that can be Easily Set up at Home

  1. Matching types of fabrics: Cut 2 small squares of each fabric, such as silk, wool, cotton, nylon, gauze, and jute. Place them on a tray. Ask the child to close their eyes and try to identify matching the fabrics by touch and feel. This activity is similar to the Montessori Touch Fabrics activity.
  2. Pairing boxes: pull out some different boxes from the kitchen. Remove their lids and mix them. Place them in a tray and put the tray on the shelf. Ask them to match the lid with the boxes and close them. This way a child will learn two things: 1. pairing and 2. closing the containers.
  3. Matching footwear: Clean and wash 3-4 pieces of footwear and draw the outlines of that footwear on a sheet. Place the cards near the footwear basket. Invite the child to match the footwear with their outlines.
  4. Matching fallen leaves: Go to the garden and pick 7-8 pairs of different fallen leaves. Mix the leaves in a bowl. Ask the child to pair them based on their shape. You can also introduce the vocabulary such as the name of plants or trees that the leaves belong to, watering capacity, whether it is an herb, shrub, or tree, and so on. This activity is also an example of a going-out activity.
  5. Matching locks with keys: This activity is a practical life activity that helps a child to match the keys with their locks

Invite the child to try these pairing activities at home and enhance their visual memory and concentration.

Watch the video to understand the purpose of sensory pairing activities, which senses are developed with these activities and the story behind Dr. Montessori’s Materials.

Related Pairing Activities:

  1. Sorting slotted chips and pompoms
  2. Sorting colors
  3. Pairing pasta
  4. Sorting pompoms
  5. Grading 

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 Video created by Aishwarya | I teach I learn

Primary | Sensorial | Pairing Activities (English)

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  • primary
  • sensorial