I initially got introduced to Montessori through Lovevery baby. They’re a subscription based service, where every two months they send you a variety of Montessori based toys for your child’s development. I completely fell in love with Montessori when I started seeing how well it worked for Soleil and I knew I wanted to create a Montessori play area for her.
In case you haven’t heard about Montessori. It is an educational method that was developed by Italian physician, Maria Montessori. The philosophy is rooted in the idea that children have an innate ability to learn and discover through their natural curiosity. In other words, It allows the child to learn for themselves through hands-on play and exploration.
Did you know that 85% of the brain is formed by age 3? So getting an early start on development was a no-brainer for me. The goal of Montessori for babies is to help develop their concentration, perseverance, problem solving and other skills that will serve them well throughout childhood and adulthood.
To create a Montessori play area at home doesn’t have to break the bank. You can set your area up by designating a lower shelf in your living room for your baby. The toys should be easy to access and neatly organized. Set up about 8 at a time and rotate them out every week or two.
How to create a Montessori play are at home.
You’ll need low styled shelves that your child can grab things from as they please. I like to group them by activity. For example I’ll group all Soleil’s musical Montessori toys together and then her object permanence toys together. So when she’s playing in that section she can learn all about that subject through different toys. It’s pretty exciting after Soleil has been playing with her Montessori toys and then I see her use that skill in real life. It really is an amazing approach to give our little ones the best start.
“Passive” toys like Montessori toys require babies to engage by using them. Instead of “active” toys where you just push a button and the toy does all the work with lights and sounds. Choose toys that require some engagement so your little ones can be challenged.