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Red rods - Toys

Red rods - Toys
Product Code : 100012
Brand Name : 123 Montessori
Product Description

Ten rods identical with the Red Rods in length, but divided into red and blue sections. The shortest rod is red. The second is twice the size of the first; one half is painted red and the other half is blue. The third rd is three times the size of the first and is divided into three sections; the first painted red, the second is blue, and the third red. All the other rods are divided in a similar fashion, alternating red and blue, the first section always being red. The number of sections represent the numbers of the rod.

A floor mat



  • Carry and assemble the rod as you would with the Red Rods.
  • Do the Three Period Lesson to teach the names, be sure to count the red rods each time.
  • Continue through the activities as the child is ready. You must be sure the child understands the quantities before moving on from the naming.
  • Some children will be able to do this work in one sitting.
  • Be sure to review previous names before moving on to new ones.
  • Continue through the series on consecutive days.



Stage A: Naming and Counting


  • Invite the child to come and work with you. Bring the child over to the Red Rods and discuss with the child how he knows how to use them.
  • Tell the child that we have other set of rods that are almost like the Red Rods.
  • Show the child the Number Rods and tell the child that they are almost like the Red Rods except for they are red and blue.
  • Have the child bring over two mats. Unroll one horizontally and the other vertically. (See diagram)
  • Have the child bring over each number rod and place them randomly onto the vertical mat.
  • Sit in front of the horizontal mat.
  • Ask the child to build the rods as he would with the Red Rods on the horizontal mat. 
  • Point out that we will always start with the red section to the left.
  • Isolate the first three rods.
  • Point to rod 1. Say, This is one.Count.
  • Point to the blue on rod 2. Say, This is two.Then count.
  • Point to the red on rid 3. Say This is three.Then count.
  • Repeat this a few times. (This is the 1st Period of the Three Period Lesson.)
  • Move the rods so they are on the same horizontal line. Do the 2nd Period of the Three Period Lesson.
  • Do the 3rd Period of the Three Period Lesson.
  • Ask the child to replace the three rods back with the others.
  • Take out rods 4, 5, and 6.
  • Count each section of rod 4
  • Repeat as you did with the first three rods.
  • Repeat for rod 7, 8, and 9.
  • Then repeat with rods 8, 9, and 10.
  • Depending on the child, this may be taught over a few days


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