Friday, February 19, 2016

Montessori Friendly Toys 16 to 19 Months

As of yesterday, Nora is officially 20 months old. I can't believe she is getting so close to 2. As she gets older, I wanted to share some of her favorite toys over the past few months. 


{Left to Right; Top to Bottom}
  1. Stacking Cone
  2. Ikea Shape Sorter
  3. Schliech Mama and Baby Cows -- for free play and for object-to-object matching
  4. Grimm's Nesting Boxes
  5. Animal finger puppets
  6. Ring Stacker
  7. Circle Size Puzzle {similar}
  8. Ring Counting -- used for color sorting not for counting, only one of each color used
  9. Animal Puzzle {similar} -- this is vintage Melissa and Doug
  10. Beads on Pegs puzzle
  11. Simple Shape Sorter
  12. Bean Bags
  13. Vehicles around town {UPS, USPS, Taxi}
  14. Xylophone
  15. Anatomically Correct Dolls {Boy, Girl}
  16. Stacking Cups -- we have several versions of these so just depends which we have out 
You'll notice that many of the toys have been featured before at some point or another. Much like I don't push Nora to academics, I also don't rush her to move on to the next stage of toy. Just because she can do a puzzle doesn't mean I move her on to something new. Concentration and repetition is important so I allow her ample time with every material -- more on that later! 

Also, during this time, Nora just hasn't been that focused on working with anything. She's much more likely doing practical work -- I'll share some of the work or materials I've made soon -- or reading or working on gross motor skills. And, that's all fine! I know she'll have plenty of time to work on trays and with toys as she ages. 



During this time, Nora had anywhere from six to eight of the things on this list available to her. Plus somethings that I've created for her, some gross motor toys and staples (like blocks and books). There are also some other less popular toys that for some reason didn't make this list. They may not have been well received, or she wasn't ready for them or got bored of them -- in other words, this list isn't all inclusive of everything she's touched in the last three months. In total, she had between 14-18 things out around the house for her to use at any given time between 16 and 19 months. 

Does your child have a favorite material at this age? Is it on this list? 


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  1. I love how simple and engaging these toys are. Great things to keep in mind for Ben when he gets there.

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  2. Also, all schleich animals are anatomically correct :)

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