Montessori Bead Stair Coloring Book

The Montessori bead stair is a classic material that you can find in Montessori classrooms. It is a beautiful and logical way for children to practice number quantity. Let’s dive into a little extension for children who are working on mastering counting to 10 with a low-prep printable!

Psst – if you scroll to the end of this post, you can grab a Russian or English version of this material!


Children display a universal love of mathematics, which is par excellence the science of precision, order, and intelligence.

– Maria Montessori

Montessori Bead Stair

The Montessori bead stair is used to teach children number quantity in a beautifully logical way. The Bead stair allows children to see number quantity, touch it, and use the colors as clues for organizing the numbers. Each number 1 to 9 is associated with a different color. This is a great way to practice those ever important number and counting skills!

Counting With The Short Bead Stair

Before using any extensions, it is important to introduce the short bead stair to the child. The printables and activities that I am showing you here are intended as an extension after the child has already started to work with the short bead stair.

You can begin by providing a 3-period lesson using the short bead stair. Select the 1-bar. Say, “This is 1”. Place it on the mat in front of you.

Select the green 2-bar. “This is 2.” Place the 2-bar underneath the 1. Continue until you have introduced all of the numbers.

Montessori Bead Stair Coloring Book

After the child has started using the bead stair to practice number quantity and number order, you can use the Coloring Book printable to reinforce these skills. 

You Will Need

  • Montessori bead stair
  • Colored pencils (or another material – markers, crayons, etc)
  • Scissors (optional)

How to Use

This printable allows the child to make their own Montessori bead stair book!

I presented the full sheets of paper to my daughter. She wanted to cut the cards herself. 

The child can color the images of the beads. The little book even comes with a cover page where they can practice writing their name. My daughter wrote “Natasha”.

Side note: I am obsessed with this phase of learning to write and mastering difficult letters like “s”. It is the cutest! 

After the child has finished coloring the images and cutting out the cards, you can bind the books together using a stapler or a binding machine. 

Now, the child will have their own little numbers book! 

Alternatively, you can keep the material separate as “cards.” The child can use the cards like an object to picture matching work. 

They can match the beads to the cards. Because they have colored the cards themselves, this can really help to spark a new interest and pride in their work!

I chose not to trim the cards that my daughter cut out, and in this case, we left the cards for matching work. I’m really glad we did that!

I kept the cards and the beads on a tray on the shelves. She ended up returning to this work too many times to count, even though she knows numbers to 20 very well.

There’s something about using a work that she contributed to making that really made this one special!

Please Note

This material comes with 2 different fonts: print and cursive. You can select the font that works best for your classroom needs. You do not need to print both. 

I also created a Russian version of the cards for us to practice with. You can download the Russian version at the end of this email. 

Free Download – Montessori Numbers Book

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Russian Language Materials – Tips For Bilingual Families

It is also very important for me to make sure that my children are (at least) able to speak Russian fluently. I was very young when my family left Russia, but they have helped me to preserve the language with my children even though we don’t have any Russian speaking family or friends near us. 

It is hard, especially since our home is a mix of four languages at any given time. 

When it comes to Russian, I do my best to speak Russian to them when my husband is not around. When we are all together, we tend to speak English since this is the language everyone understands fluently. 

I also present many materials in Russian. We use 3-period lessons for helping them to master new vocabulary and commit it to memory. 

When presenting the work, I would do it the same way in Russian or English. The difference would be the language. 

For example, I would say, “Это три” instead of “This is three.” 

We try to keep it simple, low-pressure, and fun! 

If you wish to download the Russian version, you can do so below. Since I have received several requests for more Russian work, I will continue to work on making more of these materials available for download. 

Russian Download – Montessori Numbers Book

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2 thoughts on “Montessori Bead Stair Coloring Book”

  1. Thank you for making Russian materials!! I wish I had thought of that last school year when I had several students who came to school with no English. I know the idea is submersion, but I think it will be so nice to include student’s primary language so they feel more comfortable and excited. When I spoke (the very little) Russian I was able to learn with my students- they became so happy and excited to share and learn! Thank you, thank you! I love your work!

    1. Dear Stephanie,

      Your comment brought tears to my eyes! That’s so lovely that you were willing to try to learn Russian with your students! I can understand the type of huge impact that would have on them!

      I appreciate your kindness and sweet comment here! Please feel free to get in touch if you have requests or if there are materials you need for the upcoming school year 💖💖 admin@welcometomommyhood.com

      Have a great day!
      Yuliya

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