Children’s toys are both blessing and a curse. They clutter up the house, make annoying noises and empty the wallet. At the same time, they occupy children when we are trying to make dinner, do chores and enjoy down time. I want my kids to get something out of their toys. I wrote a previous post on toys that inspire responsibility. I am also passionate about toys that inspire learning. My kids go to a little Montessori school in town and I love how focused they are with their “work” and decided to bring it home. The attention to detail, engagement and most of all of sense of pride for solving problems warms my heart. I recently bought a few for the house and not only are they occupied, our quality time spent together has increased.
A few of my favorites:
Wooden Math Station. This toy aims to teach the basic concepts of counting and math while promoting hand and eye coordination.
Phonetic Reading Blocks. Gain experience with words and rhyming. These interactive blocks help children see the connection between words.
Pattern Blocks.Great for building early shape, color and number recognition. Inspires creativity and artistic exploration.
Cutting Fruit Set. Not only will your children be able to learn more about different types of food but also the concepts and whole and parts.
For more information on bringing Monetessori practices into your home, I highly recommend “Teaching Montessori in the Home” by Elizabeth Hainstock. This bestselling book helps parents connect with their children while utilizing Maria Montessori’s tools. The Montessori Program inspires discovery and awareness.