The pink tower is a ubiquitous Montessori learning material. It is a sensorial tool used to teach preschoolers about visual spatial relationship. It also prepares them for mathematics and hones fine motor skills.
You will need::
- Wooden blocks in 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, 3 1/2″, 4″ and 5″
- Pink paint or dye
- sponge or bristle paint brushes
- beeswax polish (we make our own)
- optional: 6″ wood square 1/2″ thick, square rod 18″ long, four 1/2″ blocks (to make the stand)
- Mix up your paint or dye. I’m using milk paint in white and barn red (salem red would also work) at a ratio of 75% white, 25% red.
- Check your blocks over and give them a sanding to make them smooth.
- Use a tack rag or soft, damp cloth to remove dust.
- Paint your blocks on 3 sides and set aside to dry.
- Repeat with remaining three sides. This ensures that you don’t get fingerprints!
- Paint additional coats if you feel they need it.
- When the blocks are all dry, polish with your beeswax polish. I like to do 2-3 coats.
- Stack and enjoy working!
Pink towers – ready made – can cost up to $40 each. This homemade tower cost me under $20 to create and was such fun to make!
You can buy your wood blocks at CraftParts.