The Insets For Design

The Insets For Design

Insets For Design


      Ten geometrical shapes in metal or plastic .The square frames are in one color  i.e pink and the inset shapes are in another i.e blue.All the shapes ,except the parallelogram ,inscribe in the circle.

The insets are square,triangle,circle,rectangle,oval,trapezoid,,pentagon,curvilinear and quatrefoil .They are have exactly the same measurements as the wooden insets of the geometric cabinet.

Square of white and colored paper cut to exactly the size of the frames and boards.

Board (14cm x 14cm) which are to be placed under squares of white and colored paper .

Good quality colored pencils in different color should be provided in holders.


     This exercise directly prepares the hand for writing by using a writing instrument .The child gains control of a pencil through an enjoyable exercise along with becoming creative .(it is an excellent exercise for order children who was badly because they acquire skill and pencil control as they enjoy the work)

It made the child creative by learning to make different designs.It help in development of perception for art work and development of aesthetic sense about color schemes. The understanding of geometrical designs and symmetry is also developed.

  • Ten geometrical shapes in metal or plastic. The frames are in one color and the inset shapes are in another. All the shapes, except the parallelogram, inscribe in the circle.
  • Squares of colored paper cut to exactly the size of the frames.
  • Colored pencils in a box of 48 or 60 different colors should be provided.

    The Montessori Metal Insets consist of ten flat metal squares, in each of the squares is a metal shape cut-out. The shape cut-outs are the same as the shapes found in other Montessori materials such as the geometric cabinet. The Metal Insets are accompanied by colour pencils, white square paper, and a tray specifically designed to hold the paper and insets. 

    The child is free to select the shape/s they wish to use and the colour/s however, the child is presented with seven (or so) sequential lessons. The lessons begin with tracing the inside of the square frame, the outline of the shape with one colour, to two colours, to filling in the shape, shading the shape, using two shapes (one at a right angle), using more shapes and making their own designs. The exact lessons can be found in teaching manuals, for those interested in doing this work at home

    • Develop fine muscles in the hand but also the larger muscles required for sitting and maintaining posture for writing
    • Focus the mind, develop and strengthen the child’s concentration
    • Make movements up and down and left to right (when filling in or shading), this is significant when reading and writing
    • Practice order, repetition, and memory recall
    • Develop geometric sense including the name of each shape, how it is constructed, how it looks when turned or moved, how it relates to other shapes
    • Develop the ability to plan and carry out artistic designs

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