I have liked these little counting blocks for a while, but I wanted to make them compatible with the Montessori colour code, that is why I made them myself out of a square wooden dowel. These can be combined so wonderfully with gemstones or other building blocks.
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- 11 wooden square dowels (2 x 2 x 50 cm preferably beech oder any other hardwood)
- Plywood (22 x 22cm)
- 4 thin square wooden dowels (0,5 x 21 x 1cm)
- Homemade beeswax polish oder babysafe varnish
- Food coloring and liquid watercolors or colored ink
- Brush, small bowl and paper towel
Cut 10 pieces each of a wooden dowel into 1 - 10 cm length. Pine dowels are longer and lighter. In beech wood the blocks would be heavier, the pores finer and the blocks themselves more exact.
With a mitre-box saw on 90° , the edges will be even and straight.
Dye the wood blocks from 1 - 10cm with food colouring in the Montessori colours: dark red, green, pink, yellow, light blue, purple, white, brown, blue and gold.
I have left the wood natural for white and used the golden indian ink for gold.
Die Holzstäbe mit Bienenwachspolitur oder mit speichelfestem Lack behandeln.
Glue the thin wood borders onto the plywood, after this has dried the counting blocks can be arranged on the board.