Start your Montessori journey...

Love Little Moon is a Melbourne based, online, small business dedicated to providing the best Montessori toys for babies and toddlers. We endeavour to provide Australian families with quality and affordable educational toys from birth to 2 years to assist their learning and development.

Common Questions

How do Montessori inspired toys differ from traditional toys?

Montessori materials or toys usually target one skill. Take the ‘Egg in Cup’ toy for example - will be added to our range shortly. The simple goal of this toy is for the baby to learn to remove the egg and place it back in the cup. That’s it. There are no distractions. No flashing lights. No button that tells you how to say a colour, number, and object in 3 different languages is all overwhelming for a small child! All there is a focus on that one goal. And although it may seem boring to an adult, babies tend to love this object as they keep practicing this skill over and over again until they master it.

Can Montessori toys be plastic? Or do they have to be wooden?

Typically they are wooden, that’s not to say that plastic is all bad. Plenty of plastic toys can be Montessori. But there are a few reasons why we prefer wood. Firstly, its beauty. Wood is a natural material that babies and adults alike are naturally drawn to. It looks and feels pleasant to touch. In that first year of life, babies are exploring all their senses and so it is important to capture this interest in a toy that we can do with the material. Wood is also more durable with a long life cycle and so often wooden toys are still in great condition when purchased second-hand. They also make for beautiful toys to hold on to and pass on through siblings in a family and even generations. Some great examples are wooden building blocks, wooden puzzles and wooden stacking toys such as the balance stones.

Are open-ended toys Montessori?

No. They are the exact opposite, or what we call ‘close-ended’ toys. They have a specific purpose – a task or problem that the child needs to work through to solve. These types of toys give children a great feeling of satisfaction as they learn to master new challenges. They also encourage a high level of concentration as children become engrossed in learning a new skill. And once they eventually do solve it, children love repetition and so we find they continue to practice ‘solving it’ over and over again. The key to selecting a close-ended toy for a child is to ensure that the toy challenges them in a new skill but is not so tough that they lose interest.

Can Montessori materials be colourful?

Yes and no.
They can be colourful if that colour has a purpose. I can explain it best through the following pictures in the links Alphabet Puzzle and Montessori Alphabet Puzzle. We often see various versions of the toy to the left claiming to be ‘Montessori’. Probably because it's wooden and aims to be educational. But let’s take a look at it. There is so much going on. We have letters, numbers, shapes, and symbols all on one board. How confusing for a child who is just learning this all for the first time! But in terms of colours, there is no meaning behind them (aside from a pretty rainbow order). There is nothing in common between the yellow 7, heart, h, I, and v. Then we take a look at the other toy. They have also used colour but in a more purposeful way. Red represents the consonants and blue represents the vowels. There is also only one area of language that this toy covers – the alphabet. A good example of colourful Montessori material is the wooden rainbow stacker or a busy board/activity board.

Collapsible content

What skills do Montessori educational toys help with?

- Fine Motor Skills and Gross Motor Skills

- Hand-eye Coordination

- Problem Solving

- Conflict Resolution

- Cause and Effect

- Introduction to Math and Physics

- Introduces and advances sensory development

- Social skills

What age range of toys do we sell?

At this stage, we are focused on the younger little people that include:

- Newborns

- 1-year-olds

- 2-year-olds

We plan on expanding our range and are open to suggestions on what you would like to see.

1 of 3