Italian educator and physician Maria Montessori developed the famed Montessori specialised education system in 1897. Following the respected approach, Montessori toys help little ones develop their fine motor skills, pattern recognition and problem-solving skills without even knowing it!
With the emphasis placed on independence and respect for a child’s natural social development, for many parents Montessori offers a perfectly balanced education.
Montessori saw that children already held something special within them; she conceived that if they were allowed to develop in a natural environment, they could prove their innate ability to care for the world around them, and those within it. Here are the top five Montessori toys and accessories your baby and toddler will love.
Top 5 Montessori Toys
Stepup Baby Montessori Learning Tower, £119
Inspired by Montessori philosophy, the genius step lets children learn, play and interact in the kitchen in a fun and safe space.
Putting little ones at the perfect height, it’s a truly wonderful way to involve children in the world around them – seamlessly turning daily tasks into joyful discoveries and opportunities to learn.
Elegantly designed using superior grade, 100% birch wood the Stepup Baby Montessori learning tower allows confident little walkers to climb up on their own to countertop height.
From preparing dinner to taste testing, washing up or baking – this revolutionary toddler tower promises to change family life for the better. It’s also handy for the morning teeth clean and come Christmas, it could even help little ones get involved with decorating the tree!
Lalaboom Beads, £17
Letting children’s imaginations run free, Lalaboom has been thoughtfully developed following the respected Montessori approach of creative education, thanks to the bright colours and varied textures to stimulate young minds, little ones will be learning and developing their fine motor skills, pattern recognition and problem-solving skills without even knowing it!
Bursting with colour and promising endless play opportunities, the dynamic Lalaboom beads have been designed to grow with baby from 10 months to 4 years old. Created to pop, snap, twist, mix, screw, clip, lace, build and stack, the super fun, bright and educational toys will awaken little one’s senses, as they spend hours exploring the wonderful world of Lalaboom.
Jam-packed with the Lalaboom signature beads, the imagination-sparking toys, which can be easily pulled apart to be cleaned, can be taken anywhere, keeping little ones busy for hours!
Little Helper Montessori Bookcase, £49.99
This toddler friendly bookcase is the perfect height for tots, with 4 staggered shelves at a toddler friendly height.
This white wooden bookcase complements all other furniture in Little Helper’s range and is perfect for bedrooms and playrooms. Reading is an important part of your mini me’s development and with this bookcase you can teach your tots to keep their own books tidy, therefore teaching them life skills, all part of the much loved Montessori method of learning.
Montessori Garden Shape Sorter, £59.98
This Montessori Garden Shape Sorter promotes colour and shape recognition and problem-solving skills, allowing baby to pull the wooden carrots out of the holes and try to insert them back into the correct slots or plant and harvest them.
Each shape is designed to fit through a matching hole in the wooden cube, and the vibrant colours are easy to grasp and hold a child’s attention for hours.
5 Piece Climb & Slide Foam Play Set, £139.99
This soft play set helps babies and toddlers to develop crucial developmental skills, such as balance and coordination.
Toddlers from six months can climb and slide on this pastel soft play set that includes a ramp and stairs for climbing and sliding. The muted colours make this soft play equipment a wonderful addition to your nursery.
Soft play is great for tots to help effectively develop dexterity, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning, creativity, and other sensory skills together with colours that stimulate little minds and encourage early colour identification.
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