Model Instruments & 3 Part Cards



A delightfully detailed set of realistic model instruments with a PDF set of corresponding Three Part Cards.

The cards are designed by Montessori Child's own Jessica Langford, based on the sets used in her own Montessori Pre-school classroom. We send you the PDF of the cards so that you have the flexibility of making copies, replacements or resizes as you desire. 

Each image has been chosen specifically to relate closely to the appearance of the matching model instrument.

 Shown in gallery photos with our Floor Mat / White Tray / Small Basket with Handle for illustrative purposes only (not included) - Set Includes 8 x Model Instruments & 8 x Three Part Cards.

To introduce the names of the instruments a "Three Period Lesson" could be offered. Choose two or three instruments at a time (try to choose a few that are visually dissimilar) and follow this pattern:

  1. Place one instrument (at a time) in front of the child while clearly stating its name (eg "This is a violin"). Repeat this for each object. After presenting each object with it's name move on to...
  2. Place the instruments together in front of the child and ask the child to identify the instrument that you name (eg. "Show me the violin" or "Point to the violin"). If the child correctly identifies each you might like to 'mix them up' and repeat the step a few times. If the child consistently identifies the instruments correctly you can move on to...
  3. Place one instrument (at a time) in front of the child and ask the child to identify it by name (eg "What is this?" or "What is the name of this?"). 

*Please note: Before the Three Period Lesson you might like to tell the child these are just "models" of the real instruments! If you have a real instrument handy for comparison it will help the child to understand this concept.


The corresponding "Three Part Cards" can be used for a variety of purposes:

  • Use just the large 'control' card (with picture and word) to lead the child towards abstraction by identifying illustrations.
  • Encourage 'matching' skills as the child matches the object to the large card.
  • Promote more advanced matching skills by allowing the child to match the smaller picture-only card to the control card.
  • Introduce early literacy skills such as letter identification and whole-word recognition as a child matches the word-only card to the control card.
  • Play a 'memory game' with the control card and picture card. Flip the cards over to show the blank side up. Assist a child to flip one of the larger cards first, to reveal its picture, then flip one of the smaller cards to try to find its mate. 

When presenting the 'Three Part Cards' as a matching game please remember to encourage the child to keep each image or word visible. Don't present it as a "snap" style game (where the matching card covers its mate) because this removes the 'control of error'. If all cards remain visible then the child can review his or her work to identify and correct any errors!