Use Clay to Make a Montessori Math Labyrinth Toy

In this one-time class, young children will make their own Montessori-style Finger Labyrinth toy with clay. They will also learn several different ways to use their toy to play mathematical, self-calming, and sensory games.
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40 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
The intended learning outcomes for this class are aligned with the Australian and UK early years curricula. They are also consistent with the preschool/ early years curricula for NZ, China, and most European countries. This class utilises the Michigan Essential Literacy Practices Framework, and the Mathematics Learning Trajectories. 

1) I can engage in increasingly complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns. 
2) I can use numeracy, and mathematical thinking and action, in my play such as making patterns, groups, categories, arrangements and shapes.
3) I can experiment with ways of expressing ideas, concepts and meaning using a range of materials and symbols.
4) I can begin to recognise patterns and connections between oral, written, and visual representations.
I hold a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and have specialist skills in designing immersive education programs for young children, birth to age 8. I am a former member of Mensa. I have undertaken postgraduate training and development in Early Childhood mathematics, including the professional mathematics education training through Standford University School of Education. 
There is no homework in this class. However, children may wish to decorate their project after class. I will also provide a handout after with suggestions for additional activities, play and art to extend children's learning.    

Children will need assistance from an adult to prepare and set-up prior to the session. Once you have the materials, this will typically take approximately 10 minutes.  
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ESSENTIAL MATERIALS There are lots of choices when it comes to dough or clay for this class. Please note that in all of my classes I am highly flexible, and I like to adapt to what is easy for you as a family. ⌛️ Some modelling clay or dough. In the class we will *first* work on practicing the skill for making the toy. The easiest way to do this is using --> **play dough** <-- particularly for younger learners. Many children *also* like to bring: - Air dry clay OR - salt dough (made from 2 cups flour + 1 cup salt + 1 cup water) OR - similar self-hardening dough. We usually use this after we have practiced with the play dough, to make a toy that you can dry out and that will be permanent. If you just want to work with play dough, that is absolutely fine. You will need the equivalent of about 4 x tennis ball sizes for each material you are using. If using salt dough, please bring a little extra flour to class, as it can get quite sticky. Alternatively, your child can make a less-permanent toy using sand, water, and white glue. This will last maybe two or three weeks depending on your climate. If you would like instructions on how to create “modelling sand” please contact me before class. ⌛️ A printer and some paper (to print the labyrinth template – this will be provided on enrolment). ⌛️ A fork ⌛️ A marble or similar small round object. You can substitute with a paintbrush or pencil that has a rounded end. ⌛️ A rolling pin. ⌛️ A child-friendly/ non-sharp knife (such as a butter knife) for cutting the dough. OPTIONAL MATERIALS ⌛️ Some things to decorate your labyrinth with. For example, some little pebbles, pressed or dried flowers, shells, sea glass/ glass stones, etc. _____________________ AFTER CLASS These materials are NOT essential to participate in the class. They are OPTIONAL after class if you want them: ⌛️ Some fine-grain sandpaper (to smooth away any fine bumps in the dough/ clay after it has hardened. ⌛️ Paints, paint pens or collage materials to decorate your labyrinth once it is dry ⌛️ Something to seal your labyrinth with – a varnish or acrylic spray, or water-proof ModPodge, will make the toy water-resistant and longer-lasting. These can usually be purchased from an art/ craft store for between $7 - $12 and a can or jar will last for many projects.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
40 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
⌛️ Children will need approximately 5 – 10 minutes assistance to prepare and set-up their materials prior to the session. 

⌛️ Children will be using a skewer in this class to make marks in their dough, and may require parental supervision. 
Finger Labyrinths are a traditional toy. The template being used for the toy is the teacher’s own design. 

The finger games and activities provided in this class are based on the following Stanford University research:
⌛️ Seeing as Understanding: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning (by Jo Boaler, Lang Chen, Cathy Williams & Montserrat Cordero). 


Alice Campbell (she/ her)
Lives in Australia
Early Years Teacher, Nurse & Therapist - Small Personalised Groups - Play-Based & Nature-Based Learning - Humanised Relationships
106 total reviews
195 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Alice. I am qualified as a nurse, Early Childhood Teacher and Play Therapist. 

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