The Object Permanence Box with Long Drawer follows on from the object permanence box. The child has further practise exploring the concept of object permanence and to keep his interest an additional challenge is offered to the child with this drawer.
The child has to use his three finger grasp to open the drawer and comes to the realisation that he has to pull the drawer out quite far with his arm in order to retrieve the ball. The child is given further opportunities for problem solving.
Weight: 738 grams
Dimensions: 25cm long x 9cm wide x 9 cm high approximately
The rolling cylinder with coloured ballsis the ideal material for babies who are just beginning to crawl or slither. Place it on its side and roll it just a little out of reach as incentive and motivation for your baby to move forwards. The colourful balls and gentle clacking sounds made attract the baby.
The bars on the Rolling Ball Cylinder are suitable for grasping. However even though this material is not all that large, take care not to introduce it too early as it may be a little heavy for younger babies.
I also find it nice to introduce something the baby has not seen before at this important moment when they are just venturing out into the world of crawling, so to entice them to move all the more eagerly!
6 Months +
Weight: 315 grams
Height: 13cm, Diameter across the top: 9.5cm
The Munari Mobile is the first mobile in a series of four visual mobiles, designed to help develop the visual sense.
You can introduce this mobile from as early as two weeks. The Munari is made up of two dimensional shapes and a glass ball, which reflects the light. As babies are born only able to see in black and white, the mobiles are made designed with these two colours; two shades which offer the greatest contrast.
The light materials allow the mobile to move very slowly, allowing the baby the opportunity to practise the important skill of tracking it.
As this is a visual mobile it should be hung at about 30cm above your baby, out of arms reach while your baby lies flat beneath it on a suitable mat on the floor.
Note: Don'thang the Montessori mobiles above a baby's sleeping area. These mobiles are designed to help develop tracking and concentration. They are typically hung in the baby's movement area when they are awake and alert.
This Ring Slide is fantastic for exploring object permanence - the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be perceived.
Children post a ring through one side and it disappears. They post a second and it is only with the posting of the third ring that the first ring posted reappears and drops out landing onto the vertical wooden stacking rod.
This is a great material to explore cause and effect.
Your child has opportunities to refine their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills with this material.
Weight: 727 grams
Dimensions: 34cm long x 12 .5cm wide x 12.5cm high
Age: 13 months +
This set of Montessori puzzles comprises of two puzzles. Each puzzle has 3 pieces. The first is a puzzle with a blue circle, a yellow triangle and a red square. The second puzzle has three blue circles, one small, one medium and one large.
Each piece has a large knob on the centre to help the young baby/toddler grasp the pieces using the three-fingergrip. Initially the child may only remove the pieces and later on will become interested in replacing the pieces.
I would demonstrate this material to the child without any words and later you can introduce the language for the different shapes.
Dimensions:34cm long by 11.5cm wide approximately
Weight: 200 grams
Montessori Mystery Bag
Start using the Montessori Mystery Bag by introducing the names of these geometric solids. Upon mastery, put one of each kind, or the ones that your child knows the names for in one of the cloth drawstring bags provided.
Show how to pick out one and guess what it is before you pull it out. This allows the child to develop the stereognostic sense, the same sense we use when we are searching for keys in our handbags!!
You can put one of each kind into each of the two cloth bags and take a bag each. Pull one out and have your child find the same solid from their bag and vice versa. Have fun with different games!
This set comprises of one yellow cloth bag, one blue cloth bag and one red cloth bag. There are 20 solids in total, with ten varying shapes and two of each kind.
3 Years +
Size of Pieces: 2 to 5 Cm
Important: Small pieces present a choking hazard. Do not use with children who still mouth objects. Use under adult supervision only.
Montessori Coin Box
This Montessori Coin Box material offers the infant a great fine motor challenge. The coins will not fit into the slot in every position as with the balls used in the object permanence boxes and the imbucare boxes with balls. They have to turn their wrist and be more precise with their movements in order to succeed. The coins disappear into the slot and when they pull the drawer open there they are again! They may need your help initially to replace the drawer.
Another exercise in object permanence - the knowledge that an item is still there, even though we can't see it.
Suitable for babies once they are sitting and can be introduced after activities such as the Imbucare boxes and the 3D Object Fitting Exercises of Egg and Cup and Box and Cube.
Weight: 688 grams
Dimensions: 15cm length x 15cm width x 11cm height
Montessori First Puzzles
When introducing puzzles to children start with the most simplest ones possible.
Offer these puzzles individually one at a time, showing a new one upon mastery of the previous one. Start with the largest circle. The triangle and square are harder as unlike the circle, the child has to line up the edges correctly.
Don't worry if the baby only removes the pieces to begin with. It will take some time before they are able to put them back in.
The beauty of this puzzle is that it is self-correcting. It is the child who figures out they may have made an error, rather than an adult. These puzzles develop problem-solving skills and help with hand-eye coordination. The large pegs help with the three-finger grip.
Language of square, circle and triangle can be introduced.
7 Months +
Weight: 359 grams
Hang the Kicking Ball from a mobile and place the baby underneath the ball so that he/she can kick it with his / her feet. Great for foot-eye coordination! Kicking is a greatpreparation for crawling. The kicking ball makes a gentle rattle sound when moved.
When your baby is ready to practice slithering or crawling the kicking ball rolls only slightly out of reach and not as far as a traditional spherical ball and so it offers the opportunity and motivation for the baby to go after it.
When your baby is ready to grasp objects, the design of this light ball offers opportunities to practise transferring objects between two hands. Simply detach the ribbon from the ball.
For babies from 4 - 5 months
Weight: 94 grams
Dimensions: Approximately 11cm in diameter
Cube and Box
The Box and Cube is a material to offer to your baby once they have mastered the egg and cup.
Montessori materials are offered to children in sequential order going from the easiest to the most difficult. They are always building on previous skilled learned.
The square dimensions mean the baby has an additional challenge and he / she has to line up the corners of the cube and the box in order to succeed in fitting the objects together. More precise hand movements are necessary and so the child refines his / her hand movements even further.
This material give the baby further opportunity to practice using both hands together.
Weight: 73 grams
Dimensions of Box: l x w x h - 5cm x 5cm x 2.5cm
Dimensions of Cube: l x w x h - 4cm x 4cm x 4cm
Babies love stacking!
At first your baby may only remove the rings. Later you could show your baby how to remove a ring and place in the ring holder on the base. Once this is mastered you could show the baby how to stack the rings.
As with many Montessori materials fine motor skills are needed to pick up, grasp and place the ring on the peg. It helps the baby to develop hand-eye coordination.
This small, light and simple Ring Stacker set comes with 6 colourful rings.
Weight: 243 grams
Dimensions: Diameter 17cm across the base x 11cm high
Flip Lid Imbucare Box
Imbucare is the Italian for the word to 'post'. Infants love to post objects into these boxes.
The Flip Lid ImbucareBox has the additional challenge of the flip lid. It allows the infant to develop their hand-eye coordination and reinforce the concept of object permanence where an object exists even though they cannot see it. The child has to push the yellow ball into the hole on the box and only when he /she flips the lid over, is the ball revealed.
The Flip Lid Imbucare Box is great for building fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and strengthening the hand.