Purposeful Movement

MRD on October 03, 2017

Dr. Montessori regarded movement as an essential element in a child's intellectual development. Part of the magic of all Montessori's materials comes from the movement routines associated with their use. The brain stores, processes, and retains information more efficiently when stimulation produced by movement supplements the information perceived by the senses.

"Our new conception stresses the importance of movement as a help to the development of the brain, once it is placed in relation to the centre. Mental development and even spiritual development can and must be helped by movement. Without movement, there is no progress and no health (mentally speaking)." (The Absorbent Mind).

We must keep in mind that not all movement has an impact on the child's intellectual development. Only purposeful movement can help the brain to assimilate information quickly and efficiently.

Our Sensorial Materials Three-Part Cards help familiarize young children with the Sensorial materials and their names. The Sensorial Materials Three-Part Cards also become a Purposeful Movement activity involving fine and gross motor skills, vocabulary development, and memory.


24 Sensorial materials depicted (12 shown above)

The Sensorial Materials Three-Part Cards feature a control card printed with a picture of a Sensorial material on the front, and the written name of that material on the back.

A pre-cut picture and label that matches the control card.

In addition to the classic Three-Part Card matching activities that promote fine motor skills, the following variations incorporate purposeful movement through gross motor skills.


Object to Picture (from shelf to rug)

The control cards are placed on the rug with the pictures facing up.

The child carries the matching materials from the shelf down to the rug.

- gross motor skills and memory


Picture to Object (walking to shelf)

The child carries a set of control cards and matches the pictures to the materials on the shelves.

- gross motor skills


Object to Label (from shelf to rug)

The control cards are placed on the rug with the labels facing up.

The child carries the matching materials from the shelf down to the rug.

- gross motor skills and memory


Label to Object (walking to shelf)

The child carries a set of control cards and matches the labels to the materials on the shelves.

- gross motor skills