As we continue on our Montessori journey, I decided to purchase some traditional Montessori materials. One of our favorites so far has been the red rods.
It took some time for me to convince my son that the red rods were not to be used as trains but instead were materials to use for our “special Montessori time.” Since WJ can turn pretty much anything into a train, this was truly a challenge. But he’s since relented and now only uses the red rods on our mats.
The red rods are 10 wooden rods painted red that differ only in length, from 10 centimeters to 100 centimeters. The unit of difference between each rod is exactly 10 centimeters.
The first presentation involves having your child bring the rods one by one to the mat starting with the longest and then ordering them longest to shortest with the longest on top left-hand corner. When your child is finished, all of the rods will be even on the left side. Then your child returns the rods to their location one by one.
My son didn’t have a problem with the ordering of the rods, although we still sometimes struggle with putting the materials back in their place.
I decided to add in an extension – the red rod maze. Here’s picture of our maze.
The maze is built by starting with the longest rod and then ending with the shortest.
I tried to demonstrate how to build the maze but WJ wanted in on the fun so we ended up building it together. Then I took it down and allowed him to do it on his own.
After the maze was built, I demonstrated walking through the maze without touching any of the rods. WJ really enjoyed this extension and walked through the maze several times. This is a great extension that also works on balancing.
Here he is going through the maze.
I’m looking forward to presenting him with more red rod extensions.