Metal Patterns – Insets in Practical Work Frames


Areas of application for this Montessori material:

  • Grip and hold the pencil (and hold the pencil upright)
  • Refine hand control to steady the pencil
  • Develop movements of straight and curved lines, in preparation for letter formation or a continual line which can assist with cursive
  • Develop hand-eye coordination, to make small coordinated movements
  • Experience the result of pressure on the pencil (light and dark), experience graduation of colour
  • Develop fine muscles in the hand but also the larger muscles required for sitting and maintaining posture for writing
  • 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 and repetition
  • 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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Material Description

We have 2 series with 10 metal inserts in frames. The frames are pink and the metal insert, which in the middle also has a knob-handle to hold it, is blue.

The shapes included are a circle, an oval, an ellipsoid, a tetrahedron, a curvilinear triangle, a square, a rectangle, a trapezoid, a pentagon, and an equilateral triangle.

In one row we have all curvilinear shapes and in the other row all shapes consisting of straight lines.

Also included are:

  • 2 wooden surfaces on which you can place the metal inserts.
  • 1 desktop on which the child will work.

You will need from home:

  • 3 colored crayons
  • White paper cut exactly to the size of the frame


  • Preparing the child’s hand for writing. The child is helped to hold and control the writing tool, so that he has a light hand and control of his movement, so that the color does not escape from the outline of the shape.
  • Practice straight and curved lines.
  • The preparation of the child for artistic activities and the development of geometric shapes.
  • He can still learn the name of each shape and notice that no matter which way we turn it, the shape remains the same.


Firstly, the children must watch the demonstration from us.

We place on the work surface 1 sheet of paper, 3 different colored pencils and the metal insert of the ellipse.

First of all, we take out the frame of the ellipsoid, place it on the paper and we make its outline with a wooden paint. We show in very slow motion how to hold the crayon! Attention: the wood paint should end up in the same place where it started.
We remove the ellipsoid box and place its inset exactly on the drawn line so that it disappears under the inset.
We take a pencil of another color and now draw the outline of the ellipsoid again in the same way.
If we then remove the inset, the two equal lines are clearly visible.
With the third color of wood paint, color the inside of the ellipsoid. We color in the design with movements, either horizontally (left-right), or vertically (up-down). We are very careful not to go out of context. This is the most time-consuming process of the activity, so we sometimes stop while coloring and look at the child. Be careful, do not lift the crayon from the paper at all.
Now it’s the child’s turn. It repeats our actions step by step. Gradually, all ten figures can be drawn in this way. A combination of two or three inserts can also be made.
This material allows the child to “self-correct” as he can observe with the two outlines whether and by what extent he has gone outside the outline.

Environment and safety: CE marking, EN71 standard.

Not recommended for children under 3 without adult supervision.

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 14 x 14 cm each inset
Age 36+ months. Age is indicative, use depends on the child's development
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