Montessori at Home: What’s in the Box?

Montessori is a type of education that focuses on the child’s natural development. It is based on the idea that children are naturally curious and want to learn. Young children love making guesses. They enjoy guessing what an object might be, or what might happen next in a story. This is because they are constantly learning about their world and trying to make sense of it. 

Guessing games, such as ‘What’s in the Box?’, are a great way to develop their memory and sensory skills. Here is a guide to making your own guessing box at home!

Materials Needed:

    • Cardboard box (flaps folded in or removed on one side)
    • Pencil
    • Cup as a round stencil (alternatively, you can use a tin lid, bowl etc.)
    • Pen knife
    • An old t-shirt
    • Objects of varying textures or interesting features (e.g. smooth, rough, wet, slimy, fuzzy etc.)

How to do the Activity

Step 1:

Using the cup as a stencil, mark a circle with a pencil. Do this on both sides of the box.

Step 2:

Cut out the circles on both sides of the box with a pen knife.

Step 3:

On the side with flaps folded in or removed, cover the box with the old t-shirt. Tuck the sleeves into the circle cut-out.

Step 4:

Place the objects in the sensory box and get guessing!