Metal Insets are a classic Montessori Language Material, used for Motor Preparation for the ages of 3-6. It is a work that is appropriate for the first year student, but is well loved by all ages. Even children who are already writing get a lot of out Metal Insets, as tracing the shape from top to bottom and back again can be a great preparation for cursive writing. At first glance, one can imagine that this material is useful for preparing to write and as a preparation for geometry. The list below outlines the aims of Metal Insets:

-Development of eye hand coordination
-To gain mastery over control of small movements
-Develop control of a pencil (pressure, and steadiness)
-Develop a geometric sense
-Stimulate artistic sensibilities
-Develop ability to a plan a design