Our students have been very much engaged with a new art lesson that is currently on the Art shelf.  I love that it combines mathematical concepts with art – here, the children are tracing ten circles with a golden crayon and filling in the resulting design with water colors.  The gold, of course, corresponds to the ten bar in the decimal system materials – please find more information about that in THIS post.  While the activity is not intended to replace any math lesson with the Montessori materials, it is meant to provide opportunities for children to creatively make their own connections between materials and areas of study.

First the child traces ten gold circles using a golden crayon.
The resulting shapes are filled in with watercolors.
Here are just a few samples of the the children’s finished work: