As Nora has gotten older, it was time to switch out her Montessori work from the work she had at six months. Most of this work has been placed on her work shelves in her bedroom space for the last several weeks.
Ribbon Basket -- This is just a small basket filled with different ribbons. The ribbons are different colors and textures to keep Nora's interest. Nora loved these. I left the top on this basket, which provided even more fun for Nora.
Object Permanence Box -- This classic Montessori work was an instant hit, but not for the box. Nora loved the ball. She would take it and bring it up to the hole, but was reluctant to drop the ball. Eventually she dropped the ball and was very excited it came back out. I'll probably leave this out for awhile until she really gets the hang of it.
Peg and Cup -- This is another traditional infant material. I made this from a cup and peg that I found at a craft store. I rubbed it in a bit of olive oil to protect the wood. Nora absolutely loved this. Henry has a set of rainbow peg people that she always wants. This gave her, her own person to chew on. Plus trying to place it into the cup was a big challenge and great fine motor work.
Seashells Sensory Basket -- This small basket included a small glass jar filled with tiny seashells and a larger shell. The large shell allowed her to explore the texture of a seashell and the smaller jar allowed her to safely see all sorts of shapes and colors of the shells. Nora loved to shake the shells and put the jar in her mouth. Henry also loved this work.
Grain Sensory Bottles -- These are a new addition to our work, and one of the first things I put in the kitchen for Nora. We have a low cabinet filled with the children's plates/cups/utensils and Henry's other kitchen things. Nora loves this cabinet but was being a tad messy when dragging it all out. To distract her, I placed these sensory bottles in the cabinet.
The bottle are filled with quinoa and wild brown rice. The jars themselves are from a craft store and the basket (that I love and need a million more of!) is from the Target dollar spot. Nora loves these jars. They both make a great sound and are interesting.
Language Basket -- This language basket continues to be popular with Nora. This basket was on her play shelf in our living room.
To be clear, this work is addition to the Montessori-friendly toys that Nora uses in our home. I love this work, it has been so engaging and I can't wait to prepare more for her!