“Part and Whole” Activities

Young children work on puzzles that encourage them to find the “correct” shape to go into the matching hole. For example, a square puzzle piece cant fit into a triangle hole. To build those analytical , logical and reasoning skills; a great sense of visual observation skills are required.

Doing simple “part and whole activities” helps build those visual observation skills, critical for improved thinking and reasoning abilities.

It also helps child prepare the Mathematical mind;in preparation for fraction study, math equations, geometry etc.

There is a “Part Whole puzzle” that I have seen some children use in classrooms: Here’s the link for it – https://www.amazon.com/tag-Part-Whole-Perception-Puzzle/dp/B000BT5DP2

So how to encourage children to do “part and whole activity” at home? How does that activity look like? what do we need to set it up?

Relax, these activities are very simple and easy to set up.

Roll out play dough and flatten using rolling pin. Then make about 4 circles of similar size. Cut each circle into 2 parts with different line pattern like straight line, wavy, zig-zag etc using disposable knife or spreader. Have children put the play dough pieces back matching the corresponding line patterns.

A simple DIY “Part and Whole activity” can be done using old catalogs, magazine, sale papers or store ads. Cut whole pictures of one category from the above materials like fruits or vegetables. Then cut each “whole” picture into ‘2’ parts. Have children match the correct parts to each other and glue on a blank paper.

Check montessorireflections_geetha on Instagram for more pictures/activity ideas for the “Part/Whole concept”.

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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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