Currently On Our Shelf...

I thought I would share some of the materials I’ve been offering my son, Wilson, lately. He learned to crawl a few weeks ago, which has boosted his self-confidence and ability to get things for himself (for better or for worse!). Here are some photos, if you’d like to see…

Wilson's work shelf is actually the bottom of a larger shelving unit that houses a lot of our books and decorative items. When he gets older (and taller), I'll start placing activities on the second tier as well. I had to get down on the floor to take this photo, so you're seeing it from the view of a baby! Aren't you curious what's inside those baskets?

Wilson's work shelf is actually the bottom of a larger shelving unit that houses a lot of our books and decorative items. When he gets older (and taller), I'll start placing activities on the second tier as well. I had to get down on the floor to take this photo, so you're seeing it from the view of a baby! Aren't you curious what's inside those baskets?

Typically in a Montessori environment, children are encouraged to choose one activity at a time, putting it away before taking something else. At 9 months, Wilson isn’t able to do this yet, so I try to model for him how to put his baskets back where they belong. For this reason, I’m keeping it very simple with three choices: a basket of toys that roll, a percussion basket, and a basket of play fruit.

Wilson recently started crawling, and loves to chase after the rolling toys. We have quite a few that I’ve been switching in and out of the basket to keep it interesting.

Wilson recently started crawling, and loves to chase after the rolling toys. We have quite a few that I’ve been switching in and out of the basket to keep it interesting.

Another favorite material is anything that can be shaken! Here is a variety of shakers, even one that I made (the small jar with colored sprinkles in it). Wilson loves hearing the different sounds and mouthing the various textures and materials.

Another favorite material is anything that can be shaken! Here is a variety of shakers, even one that I made (the small jar with colored sprinkles in it). Wilson loves hearing the different sounds and mouthing the various textures and materials.

The play fruit is part of a larger set that I find to be really well made and tactilely satisfying for kids of all ages. I chose fruits that Wilson loves to eat so that I can start teaching him their names and signs.

The play fruit is part of a larger set that I find to be really well made and tactilely satisfying for kids of all ages. I chose fruits that Wilson loves to eat so that I can start teaching him their names and signs.

Wilson's shelf is very close to our kitchen, which has proven to be a very interesting (and dangerous) place for a crawling baby. I'm currently tweaking it to be more baby-friendly, so stay tuned for a post on that in the coming weeks!

PS. Looking for more ideas for infant materials and activities? Take a look on Pinterest!