This Infant Montessori Box is ideal for parents who want to introduce Montessori into the home from day 1. The items in this box are compiled by a MACTE-certified Montessori teacher.
Each piece is designed to support a child's development from 0-18 months and includes instructions on how and when to introduce them to your child.
Includes 8 Beautiful and Natural Montessori Items Designed To Support Your Infant's Development From Birth
The infant box is designed to support your child's development from approximately 2 weeks to 18 months.
A Munari Mobile is the perfect mobile from birth to 3 months to stimulate a baby's developing vision. It helps to strengthen eye muscles and enhance a baby's focus and concentration.
The Accordion Tummy Time Cards are self-standing and are perfect for stimulating a baby's developing vision and language comprehension from birth to 6 months.
A Gobbi Mobile is the perfect mobile from 3 months. It has 5 green spheres in graduated shades to stimulate the visual sense and introduce colour gradation.
Our wooden rattle with ball is great for teaching cause and effect, as the infant between 4-8 months learns to grasp and shake the rattle to hear the noise it makes.
Egg Maracas help to improve fine motor skills and the concept of cause and effect between 8-12 months. Baby shakes them and they makes a noise.
The push frog is a great early developmental toy for babies between 8-12 months old. It encourages movement and helps to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Let your baby play with this small push toy during tummy time.
The Fine Motor Set can be used from 8 to 18 months to develop the pincer grasp. Begin with the ball and cup, then introduce the egg and cup, and, finally, the most challenging, peg and cup.
The ring stacker is introduced to develop fine motor skills and focus around 8 months old, as babies learn to place the rings onto the dowel. As the baby gets older, around 12-18 months, the concept of sequence and size can be introduced.
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A Montessori approach is an amazing way to help children develop:
Natural curiosity about the world
Love of learning
Critical thinking skills
And it does this in a few simple ways:
1. Less Is More
“The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” - Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
While some Montessori materials can be expensive, the beautiful thing about Montessori is that less is more. This allows you to invest in fewer high quality items instead of piles of plastic toys.
Maria Montessori and other researchers have found that children learn through repetition. Performing the same actions over and over help establish neural connections, cementing a concept in a child's brain.
To encourage repetition and keep the playspace to feel less overwhelming, you can setup a Montessori shelf with a limited amount of activities:
For infants (under 12 months): place 1-3 toys on the shelf at a time
For toddlers (12 months and up): place 3-6 toys on the shelf at a time
You can also encourage your child to choose just one activity or toy at a time, placing it back in its place before choosing a new activity. This helps children focus and prevents them from becoming overwhelmed by a room cluttered with toys all over the ground.
2. Follow Your Child's Interests
This concept is so simple but it helps your child develop a true love of learning. If your child shows interest in something, whether it be birds, the beach, or even ice cream, provide them with opportunities to explore that interest.
Don't feel the pressure to create the perfect Montessori-themed shelf for every interest. This can be time-consuming to regularly organize. As parents, we already have so much on our plate!
It can be as simple as getting books from the library on the topic, exploring the topic out in the world (i.e. going for a walk to look for different kinds of birds, taking binoculars and a bird identification book along), printing out some information on the topic from the internet and talking about it, or doing a simple craft related to that topic.
For babies and young children, it can be as simple as giving your child the freedom and time to explore. Dr. Montessori observed that children 0-6 are “sensorial explorers”, which means they want and need to explore the world with their senses.
When they’re under 3, these “interests” will more likely be the development of different fine and gross motor skills - stacking things, climbing, nesting objects into one another, etc. When you notice their interest in a certain movement, simply provide more opportunity for that movement.
For instance, if they are regularly using a set of nesting cups, offer sets of tupperware that fit into each other or pots, if they’re strong enough to lift them.
3. Teach Care For the Environment
Montessori believed that a child's environment is a key component to learning. Yes, there are more strict ways to set up Montessori in your home but if you're just getting started, don't stress about the details.
What's important is that your child learns to respect and care for their things and the things in their environment.
This can simply be reminding them to handle their toys with care, watering the plants, cleaning up after a meal, or making their bed.
4. Sit On Your Hands
This one is so simple. It means don’t intervene until your child asks for help or becomes overly frustrated, once you’ve modelled or demonstrated a skill.
This gives them the opportunity to become more independent and enjoy the satisfaction of doing something for themselves.
I will warn you though, it sounds simple but it’s actually quite hard in practice!
With kids and busy schedules it can be easy to jump in and do things for them - dress them, make their plate of food, and clean up their messes - but there's so much to be gained by allowing children to do things for themselves.
Next time your child is working on a task, whether it’s your infant reaching for a toy or your toddler putting on their shoes, simply sit on your hands or count to 10 in your head. Wait to intervene until they become visibly frustrated or ask for help.