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I've been wanting to buy the wooden triangles for a while but Montessori materials can be a bit expensive. Fortunately, these shapes are easy and inexpensive to make at home. You are probably thinking that you should make them out of cardboard. But NO!
Make them out of craft foam sheets!
Super duper easy to cut out, and durable. No x-acto knife required! Also because they are flexible you don't have to worry about your kids bending them in half and creasing them up.
My favorite is the batch of 12 blue scalene triangles. I love how versatile they are. Even if you are not specifically following the Montessori method (as we are not), they are terrific for free exploration and an excellent sensory experience in making shapes and the science of geometry. Kiddo really enjoyed experimenting with them.
Montessori purists may be horrified at my lack of structured presentation of the materials! I will not deny that I may be a bit lazy when it comes to that! In any case, my son loves playing with them, and I'm sure he benefits from exploring our homemade Montessori triangles, even if it's not according to the "rules".
A scalene triangle is a triangle with a right angle, and three sides of different lengths. You could make any number of interesting Montessori inspired triangle sets as long as all 12 scalene triangles are the same size. It would be fun to experiment!
Lucky you, I have a template for you to use!
Click on the image below to get the printable Montessori scalene triangle template:
Don't forget the craft foam!
Update: I found this triangle set which is pretty affordable!
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