Montessori Sensorial: Fabric Basket

I created a Fabric Matching basket. Very easy to do and a great sensorial and language work for your preschooler. The basket includes same size pairs of fabrics. In our case, I included different designs but traditional Montessori is same color, same size, different textured pairs. This basket is a derivative.

To introduce this work to your child, first include only one of each pair. Sit with your child and go through each fabric using “economy of words”. So, you would say, “Striped. Spotted.” Then add the other part of the pair and categorize the fabrics by finding the match. Do this step with the child first, then allow the child a turn.

I also prepared fabrics of different textures that I plan to introduce with a blindfold (to isolate the quality). Invite the child to feel each piece of fabric and describe with economy of words, “rough. bumpy. smooth. soft.”

This work belongs in the Sensorial area of a Montessori classroom and typically holds the same color and same sized fabrics of different textures. Here is how you would present the traditional Fabric Matching work:

“Today, I would like to show you some new work, fabric feeling. Let’s go wash out hands first.”

  • Lay the fabrics neatly on the mat in a single horizontal line.
  • Feel a few fabrics intently. Look away to emphasize that you are doing the work with your hands and not your eyes.
  • “Now I want to find a match, I want to find two fabrics that are the same. I want to match this fabric using just my fingers not my eyes.”

  • Isolate one of the fabrics at lower left.
  • Feel the contrasting fabric, put it down. Feel the control, put it down. If you have found a match, feel the fabric again and place it next to the control: “These two are the same, they match,” and place one on top of the other.
  • Move the matched pair to one side and match the rest.
  • Offer the child a turn.


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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and


  1. says

    Ohhhhhh….I love it! Kale has recently started getting into matching activities and I think adding in the sensorial aspect would make this activity a hit with him!

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