Printable Nature Montessori 3-Part Cards (Chinese, Korean, English)

Printable Nature Montessori 3-Part Cards (Chinese, Korean, English)

Although we made these Chinese nature Montessori 3-part cards after my children had learned the words, I hope your family can benefit from these printables! I love sharing what we make, because if we don’t get to use them, hopefully they can save time and cost for others.

Our Montessori cards have realistic images which are important for reinforcing concrete concepts.

Since Chinese nature words have only a few strokes, they are great first Chinese characters to teach for those who are ready to read Chinese.

Translations in English and Korean are available for families who would like to use these for sight word review in other languages!

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Printable Nature Montessori 3-Part Cards (Chinese, Korean, English)

What are Montessori 3-part cards?

If you’re new to Montessori, each set of cards consist of 3 parts that are displayed in a divided stand, tray, or folder.

The 3 parts include:

  1. Picture (photo or realistic drawing)
  2. Label (the picture’s name)
  3. Control card with picture and label together

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Montessori Chinese nature flashcards

What you need for nature Montessori 3-part cards activity

  1. Nature 3-part cards
  2. Color printer
  3. White cardstock paper
  4. Paper trimmer or scissors
  5. Optional: Laminator and laminating pouches (consider for durability)

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Printable Nature Montessori 3-Part Cards (Chinese, Korean, English)

Nature vocabulary in Chinese, Korean, and English

Below are the 12 terms included in the Montessori printables in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hanyu Pinyin, and Korean!

Many thanks to our former nanny for help with the Korean translations!

  1. sun
    • 日 (rì)
  2. sky
    • 天 (tiān)
    • 하늘
  3. cloud
    • 云 / 雲 (yún)
    • 구름
  4. leaf
    • 叶 / 葉 (yè)
  5. twig
    • 枝 (zhī)
    • 나뭇가지
  6. soil
    • 土 (tǔ)
  7. flower
    • 花 / 花 (huā) appears different depending on Kaiti SC vs TC font
  8. grass
    • 草 (cǎo)
  9. tree
    • 树 / 樹 (shù)
    • 나무
  10. rock
    • 石 (shí)
  11. moon
    • 月 (yuè)
  12. water
    • 水 (shuǐ)
Chinese word tree Montessori flashcard in nature

How to use Montessori 3-part cards to teach nature words

Observation / speaking

If your child is learning how to say and pronounce nature words, bring the picture/word cards out on a nature walk and see what you can find an match!

Always try to reinforce concepts with real, 3-dimensional experiences; memory is enhanced when multiple senses are stimulated!

At home, your child can match picture to picture while discussing what they see in the images.

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Preschool child matching Chinese characters on flashcards


When your child is ready to learn how to read, you can show them how to match the words in addition to the pictures!

Start out with 2-4 sets of Montessori nature cards and see if your child can match the sets. Then offer more cards!

Printable folder for Montessori 3-part cards
Printable folder for Montessori 3-part cards

Organizing and displaying Montessori 3-part cards

To make the activity attractive and easy to access for my preschooler, the 3-part cards are organized in matching color envelopes in a tray.

Our folder template is included with the printable 3-part nature cards!

We used sturdy colored cardstock paper so that my son would know which folder had the nature 3-part cards!

Get your Montessori nature 3-part cards here!

Have you used these Montessori nature 3-part cards?

If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below! What age(s) are your kid(s), and how did it go? We’d love to hear about your learning experience!

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