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Love Little Moon is an Australian small business dedicated to providing Montessori toys for babies and toddlers. We endeavour to provide Australian families with quality and affordable Montessori toys for all ages to assist learning and development.

How do Montessori toys differ from traditional toys?

Montessori 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 toy 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?

Although typically Montessori toys 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 which we can do with the material. Wood is also more durable and so often wooden toys are still in great condition when purchased secondhand. They also make for beautiful toys to hold on to and pass on through siblings in a family and even generations.

Are open-ended toys Montessori?

No. Montessori toys 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 Montessori 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 toys 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.

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