As parents or caregivers, it is easier for us to get overwhelmed by the number of toys available online and in the isles of toy stores that are supposed to make learning fun and interactive.
And If you see some electronic toys and some with screens then we wouldn’t recommend them in the first place.
Well, the regular followers of this blog know that at PSK we teach parents to follow the Montessori philosophy to raise their children.
Now the Montessori philosophy is not just limited to the teaching methods.
There are also many developmental toys for infants that are designed according to the Montessori Philosophy. Our years of experience in teaching parents to raise a prodigy kid has always involved Montessori toys because our research confirms, that they are really very effective!
Now, what makes Montessori Toys effective, and the best choice for your infant’s development!
Montessori toys are not complicated
When you ask us what are the best type of toys to give to your little one. Then we say, without wasting more than a second, “the simple ones!”
Think about it, your child is a newborn and trying to make sense of his surroundings so complex things would just overwhelm your little melon. So give them simple toys, organize information for them. Let them figure out the easier things first.
For eg: Instead of introducing them to all shapes in different colors, give them just the common ones like a circle, triangle, and square. Let them learn to distinguish between the two. Let them absorb the thought of those 3 different shapes. After a while when they are used to those shapes then introduce them to newer and complex ones.
Montessori toys are based on real-life and actuality
What this really means is that you need to introduce your infant or toddler to toys that have an element of a cause-and-effect relationship.
For eg: First read them about things that happen. Let them imagine. You can read from a book that says something about a kid throwing a ball and the ball bouncing back. Then show them actually like how the ball bounces back if they throw it.
Montessori Toys are also developed based on such kind of practicality. The goal is to introduce them to the daily-life things that are new-found to them.
Montessori toys are made of natural materials
The Montessori learning philosophy has always favored toys made of natural materials. Plastic toys don’t really have that Montessori element attached to them since they do not provide any exposure to textures and different temperatures. The wood material provides a different kind of texture that intrigues a baby to hold on to the toy and explore it further. Along with that, playing with plastic toys also means that your baby will be ingesting harmful chemicals and micro plastic which is not the case in wooden toys.
Montessori materials are functional
A development toy for an infant (under the Montessori philosophy) means that a toy should particularly have an element that makes the baby invested. It should require their participation and action to use. Such types of toys allow children to interact, explore, and build something out of curiosity.
Don’t purchase toys that have that element of sitting back and relaxing. That is an idea of entertainment/infotainment for us grown-ups.
In short, the babies should never be passive spectators when it comes to learning.
Montessori play offer limited, precise choices
The Montessori learning philosophy is particular about offering limited choices to kids. Think about it, we as adults get confused and overwhelmed when we are offered a variety of choices. Sure it may sound exciting but it really isn’t.
The same is the case with kids having a plethora of choices when it comes to toys. Montessori philosophy says that kids should be offered limited choices so it is doesn’t become hard for them to decide which toy to play with.
Offering limited toy options also allows them to fully absorb the benefit from that limited set of toys.
Once they have pioneered their way with a set of toys. It is then time to introduce them to a newer set of toys.
I hope we have cleared some air around the Montessori development toys for infants. Now you know what kind of educational toys you should be buying for your little one.
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Educated decision-making for your child’s toy selection!