The Montessori Egg and Cup is a classic Montessori material that still proves popular with babies today. It allows the baby to practise hand-eye coordination by removing and releasing the egg to and from the cup. A very simple motion for us adults, but one that engages the baby.
Introduce this to your baby when they are sitting up and particularly of you observe that they like putting things in and out of things. Don't worry if your child is only initially interested in the egg, or if they bang one off the other.
This material gives the baby the opportunity to practice using both hands together, an important skill for later on, used for other tasks such as getting dressed.
It also exercises the whole-hand grasp.
7 - 11 Months
Dimensions: 11cm high while the egg sits placed in the cup.
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
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
Cylinder Bell Rattle (Green)
New!!! Babies love rattles, particularly when they make the discovery that is is their own movements that cause the rattle to sound. This rattle has a gentle bell sound and is a soft green colour.
Dimensions:6cm diameter across the top and 8cm high.
Weight: 37 grams
Black and White Book
Initially babies can only see in black and white.
Introduce this book to very young newborn babies. They will be captured and very attentive to the contrasting black and white images. Babies continue to enjoy these books up to about 14 weeks of age and make an ideal present to give to newborn babies.