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Montessori Friendly Play - A Visual Timeline 6 to 9 Months

Here is another part in my Montessori friendly play series! This has been so much fun to put together and I love these older baby toys!


In this timeline, another shift has occurred, babies aren't just randomly grasping any more, but they are using that grasp to do something the object. They are making more and more purposeful movements, starting to get places, and starting to do things. This is one of my personal favorite ages. 

Remember, this is just one possible way to introduce Montessori materials to your baby. You do not need everything on this list, and your baby might not enjoy everything on these lists at the exact time listed. These are approximate and will change slightly based on each individual child! Use this as a guide and not a strict schedule. This is particularly true here, where your child's ability to sit independently might influence the time they are able to complete some of these tasks. 

This is also not meant to include EVERYTHING a baby could use at this time. It gives you a general idea of the types of things a baby might enjoy at this time, but not necessarily a comprehensive list of everything available. 

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Here's a look at Montessori friendly play from 6 to 9 months! 

A visual timeline of Montessori friendly play from 6 to 9 months old

6 to 7 Months 

Large Roller 

These large ball rollers are similar to the bell rollers from the last timeline. But, they are a bit bigger. They are meant to help encourage a baby to crawl and roll after the object. They often have colorful balls inside and make a very pleasing noise as they roll. 


For More Information: Moving, Moving

Treasure Baskets

Treasure baskets are an amazing way for your baby to explore. They basically consist of a basket full of a bunch of interesting things for your baby. These will be popular with your baby for a long time. Often you can even take those rattles and toys your baby was using as a little baby (1 at a time) and put them all together to make one. They can also include natural items or safe items from around the house. 


Large Blocks 

Around this age, babies will love to start to grab more than one thing at a time and eventually bring those hands together. This could be to bang and then eventually stack the blocks. We start with large fabric blocks that I made, but baby friendly wooden blocks are also available. Often just a couple in a basket is enough!

Examples: First Blocks | Commercially available soft blocks | Our soft blocks (Gus reaching for them)Blocks in basket | Soft blocks on shelf

For More Information: How to Make Soft Blocks

Sensory Bottles 

Sensory bottles are a fun way to let your baby explore smaller objects that might not be safe on their own. These can be colors, liquids, or small natural items. Place in a small jar and let your baby explore.

Examples: Little color bottles | Gus with Sensory Bottles | Baby with Sensory bottle | Smelling sensory bottles

For More Information: Rainbow Sensory Bottles 

Teethers 

I'm adding these back on the list just to remind everyone that teething needs remain strong, and you can continue to use them. Instead of presenting one at a time, you can try several in a basket.

Examples: Silicone and Wood | All Silicone

For More Information: Teething

7 to 8 Months 

Egg Shakers and Bells 

As baby gets better at grasping adding musical instruments to the environment is really fun. These help to connect the baby's movement to the sound, plus baby's love to dance! Just make sure any loose parts are safe for baby to chew - because exploration with the mouth will happen. 


Drums 

Another way to incorporate music and movement with your baby is a drum. A small and simple drum can provide a lot of engagement by your baby. They love to bang with that new control.

Examples: Plan Toys | Hape | Video Baby with drum | Video with drum |

For More Information: Music Baskets and Shelves to Love

Egg in Cup 

The egg in cup is one of the first works that your baby is purposefully completing a specific action - in and out. The shape of the egg is easy for that beginning grasp and it brings so much satisfaction to place the egg in and take it out of the cup. This can be purchased, or DIYed. 


For More Information: Egg and CupWooden Egg and Cup

Palmer Grasp Block 

The palmer grasp block is similar to the egg in cup in that it is early in and out work for your baby. It is a bit more precise since the cylinder needs to be placed just right to work. Its awesome for wrist development and hand-eye coordination. 


For More Information: Palmer and Pincer Blocks

Large Rocking Ring Stacker 

First, I want to say that my example pictured is not the best. Ideally, the first ring stacker should have a graduated base (wider at the bottom than the top) and larger holes. Start with a couple rings, and add more as you go! I just pictured what we have, and it works alright, but its not self correcting and is harder for a baby to use since the hole is smaller. 


For More Information: Rocking Ring Stacker

A visual timeline of Montessori friendly play from 6 to 9 months old

Pull Up Bar

The pull up bar is one of the first ways your baby can start to consciously pull up in your environment. It is hung low to allow for independence. The exact age a baby will use this will vary a lot - since baby's develop at their own rates. It is usually accompanied with a mirror so baby can see his or her movements. 


For More Information: DIY Montessori Pull Up Bar

8 to 9 Months 

Object Permanence Box

This is one of my favorite Montessori materials. After exploring in and out, babies can now add a new dimension to their play - in, disappear, out. This helps them understand that objects don't disappear completely just because you can't see them any more. The inside is a ramp so the ball comes out with ease! Gus and Nora were both obsessed with our object permanence box for many months. 


For More Information: Object Permanence Box

Larger Balls 

Adding a larger ball to your environment can help to encourage your child to move and crawl faster and farther. They provide a new gross motor challenge and an interesting change from smaller balls.

Examples: Large OBall | Gus with larger ball | Environment with larger balls | Baby area with larger balls

For More Information: treasure basket of balls

Peg and Cup

The peg in cup is another great in and out work for Montessori babies, but here instead of using a whole hand grip, a baby is moving to just using fingers. This is a early pincer grip skill, helping them to strengthen their hands. This is often helpful as babies learn to pick up smaller and smaller bits of food too.

Examples: Peg and Cup | Peg and Cup | Peg and Cup on shelf | Baby with peg and cup |

For More Information: In and Out Work

Pincer Grasp Block

The pincer grasp block takes the pincer grasp even further requiring a baby to have a really nice pincer to be able to put the block in and out. This is similar to the peg and cup, but even more precise.

Examples: Pincer grasp block | Pincer grasp block | baby with pincer block | pincer block example | video with pincer block

For More Information: Palmer and Pincer Blocks

Playtime between 6 and 9 months really begins to change from rough movements to very precise action. It's such a fun age! Remember, these ages are just approximate and you should always follow the interests and needs of your own child. Next time, I'll be back with ages 9 to 12 months!

Did your 6 to 9 month old love any of these? 
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