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The Gobbi Mobile -- Montessori Baby Week 11

The Gobbi mobile is  quintessential Montessori. It's easily one of the most recognizable Montessori infant materials. These beautiful, airy mobiles are made from a single color spheres in varying shades. They are then hung at a 45 degree angle, with the darkest color hung the lowest and the lightest color in the highest position. 


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This mobile helps babies work on their visual discrimination skills. The slight change in color is both intriguing and beautiful. And, it has grabbed Augustus' attention in a big way. The Gobbi mobile is the third in the Montessori visual mobile series. It is often introduced between six and eight weeks, sometimes a bit later. 


Gus was so interested in his Octahedron Mobile, that I delayed the Gobbi a bit. So, we introduced around 9.5-weeks and he was skeptical at best. Then, he got super sick and didn't spend much time in his movement area or with the mobiles at all. But, finally feeling better these last few days, Gus has been very into the Gobbi. 

You could really introduce it as soon as you see that interest in the Octahedron mobile starting to fade. It may be, like Gus, that you have to introduce it a few times before you see a lot of interest. But, you don't need to wait as long as we have now! Always follow your own child. 


He has spent upwards of 30 minutes happily cooing and smiling at the mobile. Following it with his head and eyes. This mobile was the same that I made when I was pregnant with Nora. It was a time consuming but rewarding process, and is, my personal favorite mobile. It was made by stringing embroidery floss around a styrofoam ball until the ball was completely covered. 



For more specifics about making the Gobbi mobile, see this tutorial at The Full Montessori
If you're interested in buying a Gobbi, check here or here

Have you made a Gobbi Mobile? Did your baby enjoy it? 

Comments

Kristien said…
I'm in the process of making my Gobbi now for my A to I training. At first it was intimidating, but as I started it was really relaxing and therapeutic. It's beautiful to see Gus so engaged and concentrated in the photos. Thanks for sharing!
Have fun with it! My only advice is to make the hole in the center much larger than you think you need! But, it really was relaxing while pregnant with Nora!

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