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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Montessori Toddler: A Pegging Challenge

Theodore, like so many other toddlers, loves pegging and posting work! Basically, he loves to put small objects onto something else or into something else. I think it speaks to his sense of order more than anything else. But, oh, pegging is having a moment right now! I remember this phase well with Gus and was more than prepared to give Teddy all the pegging and posting opportunities! 


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The things is, thought, that a lot of the pegging work is becoming a bit too easy for him. While he is still enjoying it and repeating it often, it's no longer providing much of a challenge and therefore he is definitely spending less time with those items. So, I decided to pull out a new pegging challenge for him - the balls on pegs! 

You can find this material in few forms:  Option 1 (this one is 2 sizes of balls) | Option 2 (looks a little less exact) | Option 3 (this is ours)


These were a huge hit with Gus too, but they had to be introduced at the right time. I tried a little too soon with Gus and they ended up getting thrown around a lot (which is a challenge with large mostly solid wooden balls!) But, for Teddy, I think I got the timing just right! The tiny holes in these balls mean they are not very forgiving, they need to be placed *just right* in order to slide into place. 

Watching Teddy I love seeing how he rotates the ball to find the exact spot to slide it on. Gus took a two handed approach, but Teddy tends to use one hand, find the hole with his finger on top, and and rotate his wrists to get it right. It's really fascinating to watch and see his mind at work with this challenge. 


I just love watching toddlers work! This work really is a great option for toddlers that need a posting/pegging challenge. 

Does your toddler love to peg/post? 

Here's a look at the balls on pegs - a Montessori toddler toy favorite for 1-year-olds! This engaging Montessori toy is perfect for fine motor play.

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