Incorporating Montessori play in your space is a perfect way to begin. It's not always as easy as a "Montessori toys" search online because many items that pop up aren't in line with Montessori. Here are positive and engaging ways to provide meaningful and purposeful play for your child.
Mobiles are presented in a series dependent on a baby's age and developmental stage.
Laying a mirror down next to their play area allows them to look at themselves, and see so much more of their environment.
Once babies can grasp at objects, it's all they want to do! You'll want to offer an array of objects that are easy to grasp and hang on to.
These are amazing and a favorite in our home. They roll, they're reflective and babies are fascinated by them.
You'll want to choose something that is engaging and attention grabbing without being too much of a distraction or too disruptive to their ears.
Support your baby's natural desire to move and challenge them with these foam pieces. They will love crawling up the "steps" and sliding down the slide and it's an easier transition than an actual staircase.
This wagon is great for new or experienced walkers. Push it, pull it, or climb in or out -- it also doubles as a container and they'll surely stash some items away for later.
Along with all Practical Life activities, offering peg puzzles is a great way to build fine motor skills and encourage a pincer grip.
Toddlers try to make sense of the world through sorting. They put "like" items together. They'll sort in amazing ways: size, color, shape, texture, even taste!
From matching shapes, to learning the names of shapes -- toddlers are curious. Building blocks are great and so are these.
Not to be confused with sensory bins (!) sensory experiences mean encouraging the use of the "senses": sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste. Among other things, this might be mean a nature walk, or baking, or going for a swim.
Offer activities that are process oriented rather than product oriented. Open-ended play builds cognitive skills and allows children to feel more inspired to complete a task.
There's a misconception that imagination has no place in a Montessori environment. That's simply not true. Pouring water in Practical Life instantly becomes tea. Play silks become capes. Fantasy, however, should wait until after age 6.
Books should be diverse and rich in content, avoid fantasy (like talking mice, etc.) and have beautiful pictures. When possible, real photographs are preferred over artistic illustrations.
The ability to make and recreate a pattern is one of the first stepping stones to mathematical thinking. Something like this also builds hand eye coordination, logic and reasoning skills, spatial awareness, problem solving skills and encourages creative thinking.
Around this age, you can begin to introduce board games. Ones like this encourage cooperation. Cooperative games cultivate emotional development, and children learn to follow directions, think strategically and take turns.
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