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Grain Matching - Food Unit

Contributed by Connie Jones Ostrowski from the 2011 Seattle PNMA Sharing Fair.

Curriculum Area: SENSORIAL

Age Group: 3-5

Prerequisites: Rough and Smooth Touch Tablets

Direct Aim: Classification skills, sorting/matching different textures of grains


  1. "Today I would like to show you some different types of grains. Let's see if we can match them up."
  2. Take out each container of grain and take a close look and briefly describe the texture, color, and say the name of the grain.
  3. Show the grain 'wheel' and say, "Now I will find the match."
  4. Match them, placing the containers of grains to the corresponding spot on the grain wheel.

Variations/Extensions: After doing basic match ups for a week or so, you could add a 'texture art project' using the same grains and with glue on cardboard.

Materials: Use a basket or tray, create a 'grain wheel,' dividing the circle into 10' pie slices and cover with different types of grains. The more varied, the better.

Source of Materials or Supplies: Go to the bulk section of your grocery store (PCC or Whole Foods) to acquire varied grains. This was used for a Food Unit to demonstrate the different kinds of grains used as staple foods around the world.

Ideas for Grains: black quinoa, oats, emmer, buckwheat groats, corn, wild rice, millet, brown rice...and things made from grains (cereal, wheat flour rainbow pasta)

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Creative activity for any study of grains! I featured your photo and post in my Montessori-Inspired Corn Unit at

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb @ Living Montessori Now

Great idea. I would add an extension of cooking the various grains to try them for a snack. Also grinding and adding them to the PL shelf in pouring and various transfers......thank you!

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliz

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