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Montessori Activities: Fabric Matching Pairs


Prep time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Estimated Cost: All home-based objects

Mess Level: Non

What you need

  • Fabric ideas: Cotton, Wool, Jute, Silk, Linen, Velvet, Satin, Leather, Rayon and Demin

  • Scissors

  • Tray/basket


1. Mix the pile of fabric randomly.

2. Take the 1st piece of fabric from the top of the pile.

3. Feel it with your hands.

4. Take the next piece of fabric from the pile and compare if they are the same through touch.

5. If they are not the same, i.e. they don't match, put the 2nd fabric aside to the right of the pile.

6. Continue to compare one fabric at a time until a match is found.

7. Place the matched pair on the top left corner of the mat.

8. Continue matching in the same manner until all pairs are found.

9. After your child has gained sufficient experience, use the 3-Period Lesson to teach the name of each fabric.

10. To increase the challenge, use a blindfold for your child to rely solely on his touch to match the pair, instead of sight (optional)


Matching and sorting activities help children to develop a range of thinking skills and build the foundations for later concepts

Way to adapt:

  • Cut matching pieces and ask your child to match the right pairs. These could be pairs based on the same fabric colour, texture, or shape.

  • You can then blindfold them and see if they can still match based on touch.

  • Get them to count as they go and describe what they are feeling.

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