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Montessori Sensorial Variations & Extensions for Knobbed Cylinders & Color Tablets


If you’re a teacher who’s already familiar with the Montessori sensorial materials, you may be looking for ways to engage your students further. Here are a few variations and extensions for the knobbed cylinders and color table that can help keep students interested and challenged. Enjoy!


There’s no question that Montessori sensorial materials offer a wealth of activities for students to explore. But, as with any exercise, sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit!

This post will look at some fun variations and extensions for knobbed cylinders and the color table. So get ready to add some new twists to your sensory learning activities!

a young son working with the color tablets

Sensorial Variations & Extensions

Knobless Cylinders Extensions

  • Construct Towers in each corner of the mat
  • Arrange yellow cylinders, green cylinders, and then red cylinders on top of one another
  • Create a spiral
  • Extension Cards from Montessori Services
  • Combine with Knobbed Cylinders and have the child find the corresponding place for each knobless cylinder within the Blocks

Color Tablet Extensions

  • Play fetch with objects in the environment.
  • Create artwork with the colors used within the boxes
  • Identify and sort objects that match the color of the tablets from the classroom or, better yet, from outside
  • Color Wheel
  • Teach color names in other languages
  • Clothespin matching
  • Color grading with paint samples
  • Color printouts to match the tablets
  • Match tablets to fabric
  • Use construction paper to have the child cut or pin poke colored tablets
  • Make a spiral of colors

Besides the standard Montessori product companies, to purchase these Montessori materials at a reasonable price from Amazon:

Look at my Montessori Sensorial Pinterest Board for more ideas and lessons.

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