I never thought I was one of those moms sending their kids to a Montessori school, but it can’t be a coincidence that the founders of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and many more of the most successful people in the world. world went to Montessori schools. It’s also not a coincidence that many high-tech executives and entrepreneurs are very strict about keeping their children away from tech, social media, etc. While it may be tempting to get the latest flashy gadgets and toys for our kids, the value in getting back to basics can’t be overstated – and in fact, those “basics” aren’t that basic. Montessori toys are incredibly thoughtful and thoughtful and no one has perfected them better than Lovevery.
Lovevery’s Play Gym is AMAZING. You can use it from day one and I have yet to find a parent who has used it and doesn’t swear by it. However, the brand is best known for its subscription play kits, which send essential stage-based play elements to children’s brain development. Their kits combine neuroscience with Montessori, so who better to ask questions about Montessori toys than CEO and co-founder Jessica Rolph. Read on to find out the benefits of these special toys and the “must haves”.
Momtastic: What are the signatures of Montessori toys?
Jessica Rolph: Montessori Row Toys are made from natural materials like smooth polished wood or cold stainless steel to promote a meaningful experience. You won’t find batteries or flashing lights and these toys are based on real life to help every child make sense of the experiences they have had or will have on their own. Montessori toys focus on one skill at a time to avoid overwhelming the child and to promote deeper learning. They also encourage independence by empowering children to take care of themselves and their environment. Montessori toys nurture every child’s role as a competent member of their family and beyond.
Momtastic: What age range do Montessori toys cover?
Jessica Rolph: You can start interacting with your child using Montessori aligned play objects from birth. For example, a high-contrast Montessori ball, like the one from Lovevery’s Play Gym, can be used with newborns to practice following moving objects and sounds or rolling on the floor once they start to walk. pass on your stomach in order to practice reaching and grabbing. Montessori toys are also wonderful tools to support the development of toddlers as well as preschool and school age children. A child can even stay in a Montessori school or learning environment until the age of 18.
For any child, Montessori toys can promote creative play and teach cause and effect in ways other toys cannot. They support cognitive milestones, encourage speech development, and develop fine and gross motor skills.
Because a Montessori toy encourages concentration and has more uses than a regular toy, it means that a child needs fewer toys. Less clutter not only benefits the child by allowing them to immerse themselves in longer rounds of play, but it’s also great for parents.
Momtastic: Can you highlight the “must have” Montessori toys and why they are so great to aid in development?
Jessica Rolph: Item permanence box: Around 7 months, a baby will begin to remember objects from one apparition to the next. A ball that falls inside the box only disappears for a moment, which helps your baby learn that when objects can’t be seen it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re gone forever, a concept called ” permanence of the object ”. I love this toy because it allows each baby to practice so many different skills and they always love to watch the ball disappear!
Jug for toddlers: Toddlers love water games as a sensory experience, and a grooved pitcher helps them develop precise hand-eye coordination and self-control. Pouring is also a great practical life skill that they can start practicing at this age in a fun and engaging way.
Montessori shelf: It’s a great addition to any playroom or nursery and makes it easy for parents to incorporate Montessori play principles into the home. Lovevery has just launched a Montessori game shelf. Ours includes hidden storage and trays for easy toy rotation. Toy rotation is a classic Montessori technique where only a few toys are kept outside at a time with the others out of sight. With fewer options, a child will engage more meaningfully with each toy, playing deeper and spending more time exploring each object.