Since Emil was 8 months I set up Montessori shelve with materials appropriate to his age. Shelf is low and easy to reach. On his shelf he has:
- Thick and Thin cylinder – an early opportunity for a child to discriminate size. The child has to sort out which cylinder to place where by the size of the hole and the thickness of the cylinder.
- Peg and Cup from pinkhouse
- Interlocking Disc from pinkhouse
- Wooden Ring with a small colourful beads
- Sensory Bean Basket with different fabrics like satin, felt, cotton, fleece, minky, and terry cloth.
- Wooden Classic Beads from Manhattan Toy
He also has a basket of books, each week I rotate them for new ones. If you didn’t notice before I LOVE children’s picture books and we already have so many so I keep them away at the moment offering one or two at the time.
We have so many other Montessori inspired toys (from my older daughter) scattered throughout the house. I rotate the toys gently. I keep his favourites out and those that are used less I rotate every couple of weeks. However there is never more than 10 toys available to him (considering his age).
As an important note I’m showing Emil to put his toys away, back in the same place they came from when he has finished with them. It will be a while until he is able to put away his toys himself but I am sure he already knows where they go.
And, yes soft toys. He has few and his favourite bunny which stays in his cot.
Children learn so much through play, I love this age as they explore and see and find new things, never too young to have toys x
It’s important to teach them early about putting toys away. I think with some of my kids I was too lax and it’s come back to haunt me.
I know it isn’t the easiest habbit to teach but it is brilliant if we do x
Love that you are teaching him to put toys away. I’m still wrestling with this very concept 12 years later!
It takes lot’s of reapiting for sure. Thanks Linda x
I find this post very interesting. The play has a significant role in the development and life of children.
It definetly does. Thanks Nick.
Kristine Nicole Alessandra
My grandson knows to put things away after he is done playing. He also asks for the cover of his sippy cup and puts it back in the refrigerator. Kids learn by example. There is no such thing as “too early to train” for them to learn to be organized.
I so much agree Kristine x
the little basket of books is so cute! The wooden toys as well look really good quality and I’m sure they’ll be things you can keep for a long time x
I hope so 🙂
From reading this blog, I remembered the times when I was young and always used to play toys with my brother! My mum always made sure that we would pt them away after we finished!
Well done to mum 🙂 Thank you Niraj.
Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
This is a great way for little ones to really discover each toy, rather than simply moving on to the next one.
I agree 🙂 Thank you Sarah x
These look like some fantastic toys and I love that you have them out on a shelf within easy reach for him to access too! Kids definitely learn things like us so setting good examples like putting toys away etc are always a great idea.
Thank you Jess x
I love the Montessori way of education, I find children learn more and are much more alert to situations
I used to love making my kids sensory boxes when they were little. Best way to learn is through play
Playdays and Runways
I love seeing all the Montessori ideas for home and also for nursery settings. I find it so calming
Learning through play is so important. I don’ know much about Montessori to be honest, you have some great toys here
Thank you Melissa.