Hey guys! Look at what the husband made us: Montessori baric tablets! This is a fun Montessori material that teaches children to discriminate based on weight. Montessori baric tablets consist of several wooden tablets that vary in weight. My husband made ours to fit inside of this awesome tray that he also made a few years back for sorting work.

The poor man’s list of DIY projects for me is pretty much never ending, but we do love our homemade Montessori materials! To make these tablets, all he did was buy 3 different kinds of wood. Then, he sawed them into pieces of equal length and width. Don’t forget to sand the edges to avoid splinter! Really it is simple for a full tutorial, but feel free to ask questions. Learn how to make and use Montessori baric tablets! #montessori #montessoriactivities

Montessori Materials: Baric Tablets


From three and a half years and older.

What are baric tablets and why use them?

Montessori baric tablets are tablets of wood that vary in weight. Baric refers to weight or pressure so children use this material to discern differences in weight.This material consists of three boxes of 6-8 wooden tablets: light, medium, and heavy.

All of the pieces of wood are the same size, but a different wood is used in each box. Each wood varies in weight (and color as wood naturally has a different color depending on the type used).

These tablets can be used to build observation and concentration. Like many Montessori materials, this is also a predatory work that leads up to more complicated math activities later. This work is also a preparatory exercise for mathematics and understanding measurement later!

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How to present Montessori baric tablets

There are a few ways you can present and use Montessori baric tablets. Today, I’ll chat about how we used this material for the first time.  When you present this work for the very first time, it is important to show your child how to use the material. The very first step of this work is to wash one’s hands. You and your child can do this together.

Also, do note, when I present this lesson (or any Montessori lesson), I try not to talk very much. Try to keep this at a minimum so the focus of the child is on the material and not on you.

Invite the child to sit with you. Get two boxes – light and heavy. Get out one light and one heavy tablet. You can show your child how to hold them. Exaggerate your movements and really show how you are exploring the material. You can close your eyes, too. Now, give the child the tablets. Ask the child if they feel the same or different?

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If your child cannot distinguish that the weight is different, it may be appropriate to put the material away and return to it a different day.

Get out all of the light and all of the heavy tablets. Mix them up in one pile. Tell the child that you will sort all of the tablets. The heavier ones will go into one pile. The lighter ones will go into another pile. Close your eyes. Take two tablets at a time. Exaggerate your movements and feel the pressure of the different tablets. Place the heavier ones where you said you would, and the lighter ones where you said you would. Repeat for all tablets.

Now, invite your child to try. You may want to use a blindfold!

Note: after your child has mastered using light and heavy, you can introduce the medium weight for an additional challenge.

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Alternative presentation

Have the child hold his or her hands out, palms up. Place one light tablet onto hand. Place a heavy tablet onto the other hand. Have the child feel the tablets. Ask the child which one is heavier (or lighter).

Control of error

Because the tablets are made from different wood, they will naturally vary in color. A child can check their work by seeing if all of the sorted pieces of wood are the same color. It may be convenient to use a blind fold.

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