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.
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.
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
This ball is designed in a way that is easy for your baby to grasp. The bright colours and different textures of each section will attract the baby. Ideal as a first ball as it does not roll too far away!
Humming Spinning Top
The child has to lift and press the handle of this spinning top to start it spinning. They become mesmorised as it blends into a rainbow of colour and emits a humming sound which changes in tone and volume, depending on the speed.
I would introduce this before your baby has the fine motor skills to use this, right just before they are about to crawl. It would make a great incentive as something to attempt to crawl towards.
A suction cup keeps this beautiful top stable while spinning.
Sturdy tin construction
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.
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
Single Cylinder Block
The single cylinder block should be offered at around 9 months, when you begin to notice the child working hard to grasp objects with the thumb and forefinger. Children love to practice this grasp, and this material is perfect for helping them perfect it.
9 Months +
Weight: 255 grams
Dimensions: l x w x h - 8cm x 7cm x 6cm excluding height of cylinder when placed in block.
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
Object Permanence Drawer
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
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.