Montessori Lessons, Part 3

Student's Kandinsky Circles

The Ant Tunnel lesson I borrowed from my mentor teacher.   

This lesson involves texture rubbings, but instead of purchasing texture plates (which can get expensive), we made our own.  The students glued buttons down to the pieces of cardboard and then I continued gluing texture lines and dots weaving in between their buttons.  The next day, we all went outside with white paper and crayons.  I show them how to use what is already around use (brick, stones, wood planks) to make texture rubbings.  The students enjoyed the rubbing the paper with crayon the most. When we came back inside, the students also used the texture plate we made, for rubbings.   

Next time we met, the students cut out the texture rubbings into organic shapes. Most of the pieces cut were used and glued to colored construction paper.  You’ll see in the student’s work how spaces were left for the ants to travel through. The final step is adding the ants. Since we were running short on time, I helped add the ants to their pieces.  The students were able to also keep the texture plates we made.  


  • construction paper (a rainbow of colors)
  • regular white paper
  • crayons
  • markers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • miscellaneous buttons
  • cardboard (5”x7”)-for texture plates 

Student's work

Student's Work

Student's Work

 Lesson Notes:  

  • Kids love to find texture!
  • Texture plates could have also been used for printmaking
  • Takes at least 2 sessions
  • Next time I would try to have them include ant hills


The Kandinsky Circle Lesson, was one that I developed during student teaching. You can click here to see that post again.  


  • watercolor paper (any paper that is really absorbent will do, tag board, mat board, Bristol paper, or higher quality drawing paper)
  • rulers
  • pencils
  • markers (water based, Crayola works well-the scented ones are the best)
  • brushes
  • water/cups

Student's Work

Student's Work

Student's Work

Lesson Notes: 

  • They looked like finger prints
  • Students got carried away with the water
  • Next time have students go back in with marker-after they’ve dried
  • Markers and water are a great and inexpensive way of creating a watercolor effect
  • I prefer scented markers because Kandinsky believed that we could experience color with all of our senses. Since we don’t want students to eat any of these materials, you can explain the link between smell and taste.

~ by florriebarnett on April 8, 2010.

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