The Hanger for Colored Bead Stair provides the Child with an exercise to understand the abstract concept of a number.
How does this activity help the Child?
- selecting a number slider
- placing the slider on the top bar in the groove
- selecting the corresponding colour bead stair
- counting the number of beads to ensure that this is the correct selection
- hanging the bead stair below the number in the top groove.
The Child finds it very difficult to visualize a number, without having a concrete representation of the number in the form of the bead stair and the number slider. This activity helps guide the Child to transition from the concrete to the abstract form of numbers.
Contents and Dimensions of the Hanger for Colored Bead Stair
- the Birch plywood hangar with hooks
- wooden tiles numbered 1 to 9
- a small, birch ply box to hold the tiles
- 2 stainless steel screws with an Alan key to put the hanger together
- sold as a flat packed product
- note – the coloured bead stairs are sold separately
30cm x 14.5cm x 17cm / (11¾” x 5¾” x 6½”)
- The Coloured Bead Stair
- The Coloured Bead Stair Activity Set
- Holder for Coloured Bead Stair
- Single Bead Stair Tray
- Double Bead Stair Tray
Further Reading and Resources
NAMC training centre offers a very useful blog about the Montessori Philosophy: Moving from Concrete to Abstract
Maria Montessori (1870-1952)