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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Simple Bead Movers for Montessori Babies

There are just some toys that are absolute classics. I feel like a bead mover maze is definitely one of them. I have vivid memories of playing with bead movers as a child - usually those giant complicated cubes in doctors offices. It's no surprise that they speak to small children now. Teddy is one of those children. 

Bead movers are a wonderful Montessori baby activity. Here are some options and ideas to look for when considering a bead mover for your baby.

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Our small bead mover is one of the few toys that Teddy couldn't live without. He plays with it daily for long periods of time - spinning and moving the beads. He's had it available on his shelves for a few months now and it doesn't seem to be losing his interest. It's a beautiful, simple toy that works so well for what he needs right now. 


If you have a baby, there are tons of great options available for bead movers. When considering a bead mover for a baby I take into account the size, complexity, and simplicity of the toy. We want something that is not too large that a baby can't easily move the beads and feel that sense of accomplishment. Same thing with the complexity, some bead mazes are just designed for older kids, taking the beads on all sorts of twists and turns, wait for those until your child is older. Finally, simplicity. We want something that is a bead mover - not a bead mover plus a ton of unrelated skills jammed together into one toy. Remember in Montessori, we are looking to isolate the concept to just one thing at a time. 
 
Bead movers are a wonderful Montessori baby activity. Here are some options and ideas to look for when considering a bead mover for your baby.

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While I love our Hape bead mover, it's not the only one on the market! These all look like great choices for a baby or toddler that may be interested in this type of work. 

Bead movers are a wonderful Montessori baby activity. Here are some options and ideas to look for when considering a bead mover for your baby.


Would your baby / did your baby like bead mover toys? 
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