When it comes to toys it is very easy to fall into the trap of buying more and more hoping to get some time for yourself.

We often buy flashy, noisy toys that attract our child thinking that will keep him busy, but it often results in just trying to live with all the buzzing sounds that come from 3 toys simultaneously creating more chaos.

Now we need to ask ourselves what does a child really need?

With my first, I bought a lot of toys, I just wanted to make sure that he is entertained, content as has enough stimulation.

How wrong I was!

He couldn’t even focus on playing with them it was confusing…

He would just take everything out and not play with anything, just make a big mess, mix everything together and I would think that maybe he outgrew that toy lets get him something else.

Everything changed when we made a big donation bag with all the toys that we felt that don’t offer him enough room for imagination and don’t nurture his creative curiosity.

What I admire about the Maria Montessori approach is how she focuses on process, not results and the way she promotes the idea of simplicity.

“Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.” M Montessori

Everything in our culture is telling us that we need more and more, another “educational” iPhone app for your child, another v-tech toy. The word “educational” became quickly very trendy and is used even on a plastic noisy squeaky and highly irritating toy.

When we tried to simplified we got rid of all the toys that have “one use only” and especially all those that make obnoxious noise and¬†plays an annoying song over and over.

With this in mind, I put together some top items that can be used for Montessori-inspired play and of course, learning.

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Babies & Young Tots

Pop up toy–¬†Encourages eye-hand coordination while introducing color awareness, counting and matching



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