Once the first birthday is over, your child's development continues at such a rapid pace as hardly ever before or since. The skills for which the foundation was laid in the first year of life are now quite evident and almost every day your child seems to learn something new.
What can you as a mother or father do to help your little one develop optimally during this important time? In addition to lots of love and attention, you can provide a well-prepared environment. And in such an environment, the right toys are of the utmost importance.
We have put together a selection of the most beautiful learning and play materials with which you can support your child in the spirit of Maria Montessori.
The colorful rainbow is one of the most popular toys in Montessori and Waldorf institutions. On the one hand, it invites to systematic play, to order, to stick and to stack. On the other hand, the colorful bows can be integrated in countless ways into the most diverse play worlds. Your child will certainly want to work with it for several years - possibly even into school age.
For children around their first birthday, the flattering shape of the bows encourages grasping, turning and rocking. Not long after, it turns out that the bows can be pushed into each other. Gradually, the various possibilities of arrangement become apparent and the child can soon stack the individual parts on top of each other and build small structures, from an arched house to a marble run. The arches roughly correspond to the color gradient of a rainbow, going from rich red to cool blue and purple. This characteristic becomes important when a child learns to distinguish and name colors during the second year of life.
And if a tooth comes up in between, such a rainbow can also serve as a teething ring - the high-quality lime wood and the vegetable oils with which the bow is treated make it possible.
Manufacture in Swiss manufacture.
At a glance:
- Stimulates creativity in addition to the understanding of order and also stimulates creativity
- Can be used in many ways, even for older children
- Sustainable production and beautiful design
When a baby slowly becomes a toddler, the interest in understanding and ordering the world in its structures grows. The experience that certain objects fit into or complement each other is a very basic one.
This puzzle board with its five shapes addresses the new understanding of order without overwhelming with too many different elements. When you put the puzzle together with your child, let him try it out a little bit himself first. Then you can slowly start naming and asking about the shapes and primary colors.
Children are fanatical repeat offenders at least into their third year, and you will be surprised at the enthusiasm with which your little one will put the puzzle together again and again.
At a glance
- Introduction to the puzzle principle and the understanding of shapes
- Simple and intuitive to use from about 12 months
- Pleasant size, easy to grasp
- Popular with Montessori toddler groups
The enthusiasm for latches, handles and locks of all kinds takes hold of some children as early as the first year of life. By the age of one and a half, at the latest, they also have the motor skills to handle them.
Opening and closing all kinds of objects (such as knobs, small doors, hooks and eyes) is very important in Montessori education, because this skill makes it immensely easier for children to move freely in their environment.
The Montessori.Store Busyboard approaches this requirement in a very playful way: six colorful little doors with various metal hooks and latches hide six even more colorful surprises. There's plenty of motivation to try again and again.
At a glance
- Appeals to children's interest in opening and closing objects
- Trains fine motor skills
When locomotion (whether on four or two legs) goes smoothly, many toddlers look for new challenges, and climbing is naturally at the top of the list.
The Montessori.Shop Climbing Triangle satisfies this important urge in a completely safe and child-friendly way, so that chairs, shelves, etc. quickly become uninteresting. For climbing beginners, the triangle can be set nice and flat. With increasing self-confidence, your child will soon want to climb steeper.
Then the practical board, which looks a bit like a chicken ladder, comes into play. This can then be climbed on all fours at first, but soon also invites balancing. Your child's dexterity will visibly increase and he or she will make more and more daring climbing attempts. The triangle will remain interesting right up to kindergarten age.
And if it is not so popular at times, it can be easily folded and stored in the closet.
Made in Switzerland.
At a glance
- Designed for little climbing monkeys 12 months and older
- Height adjustable and combined with practical board
- Can be folded and easily stored away
- Made of solid beech wood, sturdy and safe
But no matter what toys you finally choose for your children, the main thing is that it gives your child fun and joy, and, of course, supports and strengthens it in its development. Our product range will make your choice much easier. Please have a look. We look forward to seeing you!