What is Montessori Play and Toys?
Montessori education is based on the principle that children learn best through self directed play and exploration. Montessori toys are designed to support this approach by providing children with open-ended, hands on activities that encourage them to learn while having fun.
One of the key benefits of Montessori toys is that they are designed to be less distracting, allowing children to focus on the task at hand. This makes playtime more gentle and less over whelming, allowing children to fully engage with the activity and develop their skills.
Montessori toys also encourage imaginative play, which is essential for a child’s development. Imaginative play allows children to explore different scenarios and develop their creativity, problem solving and social skills. Montessori toys such as blocks, wooden animals and puzzles are perfect for encouraging imaginative play.
“I’m using this cube for educational purposes, from 2 year olds to 12 year olds and they are learning so much vocabulary from them, and having so much fun: these are spanish children learning english.”
Margaret, English Language School, Madrid
Another great aspect of Montessori toys is that they are designed to be educational. They are created to teach children practical life skills and basic concepts such as numbers, shapes and colours. They also help children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. Montessori toys such as stacking cups, geometric shapes and sorting trays are great examples of educational toys.
Montessori toys are also great for equipping children with learning skills they need in their early years. They help children develop their cognitive, emotional, and physical skills. Montessori toys are designed to be self correcting, allowing children to explore mistakes and learn from them.
As a new mum I had never heard of the term Montessori and it wasnt until my kids began to play and take an interest in the world around them that I learned about the importance of play for children’s development. I was fascinated by how my kids played, how they engaged in imaginative play, sensory play and how easilty they could be addicted to screen time.
The pandemic allowed me the opportunity to spend lots of one on one play time with my two young kids and the creation of Cubefun was born out of my youngest love of animals and my eldest love of art. The fact that it is an educational toy was a by product of the design. I am proud to say, with my children’s help, I was able to develop a screen free toy that keeps my kids and other kids entertained during many playtime sessions.