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Hi, welcome to the Wellness Guide! Have you heard about Montessori toys? They are toys that follow the method created by the doctor and educator Maria Montessori and are very efficient when the subject is to join fun with learning.
Simple and with a single focus, the idea is that when playing with them the child practices an activity rich in content. It can be with shapes, numbers or puzzles. They are pieces that do not work with batteries or talk by themselves, they need the child to “exist”. And, most importantly, they work on skills such as motor coordination and logical reasoning.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Montessori Toys: Our Picks
- 3 Buying Guide
- 4 Purchase Criteria: Factors to compare Montessori toys
- Montessori toys are simple and value content rather than form.
- Montessori toys aim to meet the needs of each stage of child development.
- Motor coordination and cognitive skills are some of the aspects worked with Montessori toys.
The Best Montessori Toys: Our Picks
Because they are a special category of toys, they have some peculiarities. Therefore, we have created a Buying Guide for you to understand everything about Montessori toys and the method that supports them. Check it out!
What is the Montessori method?
To better understand Montessori’s idea, it is important to know that her method should be applied based on “development plans”, because, according to her, in each phase of life certain specific needs and behaviours predominate.
Basically, she divides these needs into age groups, since at each stage the child is developing in something.
For these development plans to be applied correctly, Maria Montessori outlined general profiles of behaviour and learning possibilities for each age group.
What are Montessori toys?
All of them have the principle of respecting each phase of child development and follow the natural evolution of the little ones, providing only what is necessary for a certain age group. But, above all, they are toys which allow the child to explore and discover the world.
What are the benefits of Montessori toys?
They stimulate motor coordination, work perception, encourage social interaction, teach autonomy and much more. In addition, they can be used to teach letters and numbers, for example.
What are the differences between common toys and Montessori toys?
Many of today’s toys have so much information that the little ones end up lost. In addition, most of them arouse interest only momentarily. This is because, despite the excess of information, they are poor in content, so the possibilities of play are quickly exhausted.
In contrast, Montessori toys, although simple in their lines, shapes and materials, are designed to stimulate the little ones. They offer activities that can last for hours and reinvent themselves every day.
|Montessori toys||Other toys|
|Functions||Have a single purpose||Have several activities|
|Generate interest||Content that holds attention||Children lose interest quickly|
What are the types of Montessori toys?
- Fit geometric shapes into tables, trains, clocks
- Toys to fit numbers together
- Multiform tower
- Labyrinths and trellises
- Coloured tubes with little balls
- Balance scales
Below, we have listed each of these toys as the skills they work on. Note that some toys work on more than one skill. Check them out!
|Sensory stimulation||Mobiles, rattles|
|Cognitive skills/logical reasoning||Rodari, nesting toys, jigsaw puzzle, trellis, balance scales|
|Visual perception||Toys with colored pieces|
|Motor coordination||Rodari, nesting toys, balance scales|
|Autonomy||Tower of geometric pieces|
Purchase Criteria: Factors to compare Montessori toys
Before buying a product for your child, it is necessary to analyze whether it will meet all the needs of the little one. In general, Montessori toys have very similar characteristics between them. But there are still points that must be analyzed. Check them out:
These aspects end up changing from toy to toy and therefore should be used as criteria. To help you analyze each one, we will explain better about each item, below!
Age of the child
As mentioned above, the Montessori method should be applied from “development plans”, that is, at each stage of life is necessary to work something different.
Therefore, it is important to verify for which age the toy in question is indicated. This ensures that your child gets the most out of the toys.
Skills worked on
Each toy works on one type of skill. A trellis, for example, or any other toy in which the child needs to move small pieces, works on motor coordination. Toys with textures, on the other hand, stimulate the senses.
Toys to fit shapes and numbers together require a certain amount of perceptiveness, so they work on logical thinking. Finally, unstructured toys, such as towers of shapes, which have different possibilities for creation, stimulate autonomy.
Despite all the educational benefits promoted by Montessori toys, they are still toys and as such their main function is to make the little ones’ childhood more fun. Therefore, there is no point in buying a toy that works with such skills if your child does not like to play with it.
Therefore, it is important to let the child choose what they want to play with and the acquisition of knowledge skills will come as a consequence.
Here in Brazil, toys and other children’s articles must follow a series of safety norms. They were created to combat irregularities that can put your child at risk.
These norms demand, for example, that toys do not have very small, swallowable parts, toxic paints or any other element that represents danger.
To ensure that companies are following these standards, Inmetro was created, an organ that certifies, with a seal, companies that follow these pre-requisites. Therefore, we recommend that you buy toys that have this seal, this is your only guarantee that the product is, in fact, reliable.
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