Friday, August 17, 2007

Montessori Mystery Bag: Sensorial DIY Material

The Mystery Bag is one of the most beloved items in the Montessori classroom. Fortunately, it is super easy to recreate at home with your own materials.

It is similar to the items in the bag below (see the Hainstock article), just add a blindfold so that your child can identify items by touch only and you're set to go! The main criteria in choosing these items is that they should be identifiable by touch, so take out the flashcard with label and add a movable alphabet letter cutout instead.

Create a cloth bag with a drawstring and fill it with your original items from the first exercise or add new ones such as:
  • different types of leaves
  • textured fabric strips
  • an old skeleton key
  • a small padlock
  • a small comb
  • a teaspoon
  • a tablespoon
  • a regular spoon
  • buttons
  • a rubber band
  • and any other interesting item to identify by touch!

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