Land, Air & Water – Montessori Materials

A lesson on Land, Air & Water can be used for teaching several different concepts.  For example, use it to discuss Earth and what makes it unique from other planets.  Explain how approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water and that the presence of water and oxygen in the air allows living organisms to survive on Earth.  We also used a map of the world to show which portions of the earth are land and water.  To help visualize land & water features, Montessori Print Shop has a great set of Aquatic & Land Feature Photos on sale right now.  Check out those cards and many more items on sale here.

This lesson is also a great time to discuss various types of transportation and where they take place.  For example, a boat drives in water, an airplane flies in the air and a car drives on land.   We purchased Montessori Print Shop’s Air, Land & Water Sorting Cards for $2.79 and sorted them under our jars of land (dirt), air & water.  The boys were both VERY enthusiastic about the sorting.


If you add fire to the mix, you can discuss the classical 4 elements studied by ancient philosophers.  It was believed that the 4 elements were the most simple and essential parts of everything that existed. 

Here are some other great ideas from Montessori sites around the web:

If your children learn best through a visual aid or through imaginary play, create a Land, Air & Water mat with felt or construction paper.  Montessori Mama has a beautifully made Land, Air & Water Mat you can use as an example.  If your not crafty, check out this exquisite Land, Air & Water Quilt that Kylie, from How We Montessori, bought on etsy.  Read more about their purchased quilt here.

A Bohemian Education has a great idea to utilize toys you probably already have in your own home.  Place them in a basket and have your child sort them under hand-written “Land”, “Air” & “Water” labels.

To the Lesson has a wonderful post sharing trays that are great supplements to the Land, Air & Water theme. 

The book Montessori at Home! has a fun hands-on activity on page 172 called “Where land and water meet.”

What’s your favorite way to teach about Land, Air & Water?

This post is linked to Montessori Monday.  Click here to see more Montessori Monday posts.

10 thoughts on “Land, Air & Water – Montessori Materials

  1. Great activities and resources, Lori! Studying land, air, and water is so much more interesting with various hands-on activities and extensions like the ones you’ve listed. And I LOVE your photos … your boys’ expressions are always priceless! :)

    • Thanks Jennifer for stopping by to say hello. I fell in love with your land, air & water mat. It’s on my to-do list to recreate for our own school room. Thanks for sharing your message about Montessori with all of us on your great site.

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