Montessori Friendly Toys at 10 Months

What do babies need from a Montessori perspective? The clear answer - a prepared environment that gives them love, and allows them to explore their interests. Usually that environment includes a few quality materials for a baby to explore. The exact materials should be those that interest the child and meet the needs of the child using the environment.  

I'm sharing Augustus' favorites around 10 months here. Some he started using earlier, some he is still using at 12 months! So, the time range is approximate. 

Montessori friendly toys around 10 months!

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If you look closely there is a clear theme here among Gus' favorites for this time period -- pegging toys! He loves to put things in and take things out. And so we used materials to help fill this need. Here are Gus' favorites around 10 months: 

1. Handmade fabric blocks
2. Small bead mover
3. Montessori egg and cup and peg and cup
4. Imbucare box
5. Pop Up Toy
6. Circle Single Shape Puzzle 
7. DIY in/out  bucket and shape
8. Wooden Drum
9. Object Permanence box - HANDS DOWN Favorite
10. Basket of musical shakers - egg shakers/wrist bells/bell rattle
11. Basket of balls - sensory balls, rainbow ball, o-ball, crochet balls
12. Palmer and pincer blocks

Now, this isn't everything that Gus used at this time. We also frequently had treasure baskets of everyday stuff for him to explore. I'll try to share those a different time! Also, he still used some of his favorites from around 8 months! 


You may notice that some of these are different from what Nora used at around 10 months. And, there are a couple of reasons for that. One, we are in a different place on our Montessori journey. Two, they are completely different humans. They have different skill sets, different interests, different desires, different abilities. And, remember, so will your child. So, don't follow this as an exact guide to what your baby should be using at 10 months. Follow your child, use this as inspiration, where applicable! 


What did you baby enjoy around 10 months? 
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