At Little Bubs and Co we believe in Montessori learning - which is why most of our toys have been picked with that belief in mind.
In this article we will look at what Montessori learning is and what makes a toy Montessori.
What Is Montessori Learning?
The Montessori Method of Education was developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori, and is a child-centered education approach based on scientific observations of children.
The idea behind Montessori education is that a child is eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
What makes a toy a Montessori Toy?
1) Offer limited choices
Montessori learning/education is given your child limited choices when setting out their toys.
Simply put, having too many choices makes it overwhelming and dissatisfying for your child.
When you have too many toys to choose from it becomes harder for your child to concentrate and stick with one toy. Rather than concentrating on the toy and enjoying it, they will jump from one toy to the other.
Store away your child's toys in containers/boxes and rotate boxes each day. This focuses your child's play and stops them getting bored too.
2) Montessori toys are simple
The best toys for your child are simple ones.
A simple puzzle with a triangle, a circle and a square in three different solid colours gives your child organized information about the shapes. This sort of puzzle has three essential geometric structures to distinguish between.
Your child will learn from this sort of puzzle the relationship between the three as they take the pieces out and put them away.
Having a toy without the smiley faces and random shapes allows your child to absorb that the shapes are related to each other rather than being distracted.
Simply put - when a child has too much distraction in a toy they are not absorbing the important elements of learning.
Our Shape Sorter is a perfect toy that offers simple learning.
3) Montessori toys are made of natural materials
When choosing a toy choose one from natural materials such as wood and metal.
A rattle made of wood or metal will give your child much more information about the world than a plastic one. The metal is cool to touch at first and then begins to warm, offering a different feeling. Wood has many textures and provides various feelings for your child.
Furthermore when your child wants to 'taste' the wood or metal material it provides them with a distinguished taste.
Plastic on the other hand generally stays the same temperature, offers no real different of texture and normally tastes of chemicals.
4) Montessori toys allow for exploration
All the toys we give our children should require their participation and action for us. The best toys for your child allows them to explore and involve their own will, decisions and ideas.
We find that building blocks, especially non themed ones allow freedom and your child's own exploration.
Our 80piece Building Block set offers your child the freedom to build their own designs.
5) Montessori toys are set in the real world
In order for your child to develop a real imagination a secure relationship to the real world, they need to first learn about what the world is really like.
Give them real toys that offer real consequences, such as dropping a ball in a hole for it to roll out again. This aids the development of your child so much more than hitting buttons that make random noises.
As mentioned, here at Little Bubs and Co we truly believe in aiding the development of your child. Most of our toy selection is chosen with Montessori learning in mind.
However we recognize that Montessori learning isn't for everyone which is why we also offer a variety of toys to suit all needs.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting us by leaving a comment below.