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
This Object Permanence Box is perhaps one of the best known infant and toddler Montessori materials. It gives the child the opportunity to practice hand-eye coordination and helps improve hand, wrist and finger control.
The child has to coordinate his hand movements together in a precise way so that the ball falls into the box. It then dissapears momentarily out of sight allowing the child to experience object permanence, where just because you cannot see the ball, it doesn't mean that it is gone. The ball is then delivered to the front of the box ready to repeat the activity over and over.
The concept seems simple to us adults, but mastering this is a big step for children.
7 Months +
Weight: 756 grams / 427 grams
Dimensions of Large Box: 30cm length x 15cm width x 10.5 height approximately
Dimensions of Medium Box: 24cm length x 10.5 width by 8.5cm height approximately
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
Ball Push Toy
The Ball Push Toy allows the baby to develop hand-eye coordination. They have to place the ball in the hole where it sits until the baby pushes the ball down with his hands, strengthening a baby's fingers and palms. The ball momentarily disappears and delights the baby when it rolls out again for the activity to be repeated.
The Ball Push Toy comes with balls in Red, Yellow, Blue and Green. The holes in the toy are coloured, one in each of those colours. Later the baby may become more aware of the colours and he /she will match the balls to the corresponding holes.
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