The Magic of Montessori Toys: 5 Ways They Benefit Your Child
We love our Montessori toys because they’re interactive, they offer learning experiences through play, and they support child development. Montessori toys are simple yet powerful when it comes to developing cognitive, fine motor, and social skills. Come along as we explain the top five benefits of Montessori toys and why we love them!
- Support independence and self-expression.
Montessori toys offer children the opportunity and environment to create whatever comes to mind. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to self-expression. By allowing children to build, assemble puzzles, or explore shapes and colors, they’re developing self-expression and developing their creativity. As a result, they become more confident and independent in their decisions.
- Develop fine motor skills.
Montessori toys help children develop their fine motor skills such as picking up small objects, sorting shapes, cutting paper, and building with small blocks. They become stronger and have more control over their grip. This helps them when it comes time to use pencils, scissors, or any other tasks that involve hand-eye coordination.
- Encourage curiosity and exploration.
Montessori toys are designed to stimulate children’s senses and encourage them to discover their environment in their own way. Because Montessori-inspired toys are made from natural materials, children have the freedom and space to explore different textures, shapes, and colors without any restrictions. This is what shapes their curiosity and desire to learn new things.
- Develop problem-solving skills.
Montessori toys help children develop problem-solving skills by giving them the opportunity to figure out how things work. Some examples include throwing an object and observing gravity in real time, or reassembling puzzle pieces to fit their correct place. Our popular rustic puzzle is great for helping your child with fine motor skills, sorting, and problem-solving skills.
- Foster learning through play.
When children are exposed to different Montessori toys they are forced to learn through play and experimentation. For example, when I first introduced these mushroom Montessori toys to my son, he had to figure out how to play with them. After playing and manipulating the mushrooms, he learned that the tops are interchangeable! This goes to show that learning can be fun when done the correct way. Montessori toys allow for children to learn in their own unique way and at their own pace.
We at LYTL know the benefits of introducing Montessori toys to children at an early age. We have experienced that first hand with our first-born son (Blog post coming soon.) It is never too early (or too late) to introduce them to Montesori toys; even if you just start with one or two. Simple is best when starting out with Montessori toys!
They are our top two best sellers (and our personal favorites)!
Curious on how we started our Montessori toy store check out our story here!