The Montessori materials are tools to stimulate the child into logical thought and discovery. They are provocative, enticing and simple.
Each piece of Montessori equipment presents one concept or idea at a time and has what is known as a “control of error”. If the child has done something incorrectly it will be self-evident. The geometric shape, for example, won’t fit the hole; the water will spill on the table or the last label will not match the last picture. Being able to see his or her own mistake allows the child to work independently.