Mar 012018



4.5 to 5 years


A selection of crayons in a basket.
A floor mat.


To define the function of the adjective through an activity.


To experience the function of the adjective.


  1. This is a group activity. Gather about 6 children. Tell the child that we are going to work on the floor.
  2. Place the different crayons on the floor.
  3. The Montessori Directress says to each child, “ Please can you pass me a crayon”.
  4. The child passes you one of the crayons. You respond by saying, “No, that’s not the crayon I wanted.”
  5. The child passes you another crayon. You respond by saying, “No, that’s not the crayon I wanted.” Repeat this a few times.
  6. The child may get impatient and ask, “Which crayon it is that you want?”
  7. At this point, the Montessori Directress says, “I wanted the long crayon, or the thin crayon, or the thick crayon.”
  8. She consolidates the lesson by saying, “Did you see how difficult it was to know which crayon to give me until I described the object? That’s because I have to DESCRIBE the object first so that you know which one to pass me. Those types of words are called “DESCRIBING” words or adjectives. They are very important types of words.
  9. Repeat the exercise briefly but this time naming what it is you want and ask the children if they think that this way is easier?
  10. Thank the children for playing the adjective game with you.



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