There are a few toys that I leave on the shelf for a few weeks, as they require some time for a young child to master them. Practise makes it perfect. She practises putting cylinders through holes, a wooden toy into the cup, and putting wooden shape through the hole in the box. It brings her so much satisfaction to accomplish it by herself. It is amazing, that at early age they take so much pride in being able to accomplish tasks on their own. I adore those happy looks she gives me every time she manages to do something she could not done on her own before.
These toys are on the shelf to represent different textures and materials. They are easy to grab, good to feel and fun to shake.
Little Bell just discovered pull toys. Don’t you love to witness their “A-ha” moments and share joy of new discoveries like this. She figured out that you can pull the toy and it will follow you behind. She loves it.
Emotional maturity is one of the key elements of brain development. Learning and knowing how to read people’s emotions is essential for building strong interpersonal connections. The more emotionally mature the person is the more they will be able to be happy in their relationships, whether it is at work, in the family or with friends. Emotional education can start quite early. Little Bell has her favourite book of all times – brings me to read it numerous times a day – called “Funny faces”. This brilliant book contains photos of young children showing different emotions: “happy”, “sad”, “angry”, “excited”, etc. We talk each of these through and I try to reflect on each by showing similar emotion. Our girl is quite good at detecting other people’s emotions especially when they are obviously upset. I give majority of the credit for it to this book.
Here we are. Again, the key is to know your child and follow their interests, also give some challenge, and let them take their sweet time to master skills. They will make you proud 🙂
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Here are some great books on Montessori-Inspired activities for babies and toddlers:
Beginning Montessori With Infants and Tots Birth to 24 Months
Child’s Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler