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 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 +
Beechwood Cylinder Blocks
This is a beautiful set of cylinder blocks.
With these Cylinder Blocks, children can continue their love of posting objects and at the same time they learn to discriminate objects by size, volume, thickness and height. This set comprises of 3 blocks.
Begin by offering the first block which has one block. Once this has been mastered offer the second which has three blocks and then the last which has five blocks.
The three-finger grip required by the child to use this material is an important preparation for handwriting and holding a pencil.
Object Permanence Box
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
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 Egg and Cup
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.
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
Knit Ball Imbucare Box
Imbucare is the Italian for the word to 'post'. Infants love to post objects into these boxes.
The Imbucare Box with Knit Ball is a material to follow on from the well known Object Permanence Box. The child builds on knowledge learned from the previous activity. He /she knows how to put the ball into the box and will firstly notice the different texture of the ball. He /she will then notice that the ball does not fall into the hole. It requires a small push, strengthening the hand.
The ball dissapears. Where has it gone?! The child has to use the three-finger grip on the knob of the drawer and pull out the drawer. And hey presto, there it is!
A child who is actively developing his /her knowledge of object permanence will repeat this activity over and over. Hand-eye coordination is refined in the process.
Weight: 636 grams
Dimensions: 15cm long x 15cm wide x 10.5cm high
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.
Weight: 784 grams
Dimensions: 29cm long x 15cm wide x 11cm high
Multi Lid Shape Sorter
The Multi Lid Shape Sorter offers great value for Montessori minded parents. It comes with 7 lids and 4 shapes. Ideally you would begin by offering your child the box with one lid and one shape. Once your child has mastered each lid with one shape they are now ready to sort! Provide them with all three shapes and one of the coloured lids.
Progressing in this way follows an important Montessori principle, that is introducing the materials to your child going from the easiest to the most difficult. The child builds knowledge on concepts learned step by step.
The Shape Sorter is a classic material and aids in the development of problem solving skills, shape recognition as well as hand dexterity and fine motor skills.
Dimensions: 14cm wide x 14cm long x 10cm high approximately