Sunday, July 8, 2012

Big and Small Cylinder Block

This cylinder block has two cylinders, one tall and wide, one short and narrow which fit into two corresponding holes in the block. 

When working with the cylinder block your toddler will soon realise that whilst, the smaller cylinder fits both holes, the large cylinder can only fit into the large hole.
Assist in the development of visual discrimination of size and diameter. 

Suitable for toddlers aged 12 months and up.

Made from a variety of Native Australian Timbers and is unsealed. May be sealed with olive oil, beeswax polish or left in its natural state. 


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Single Knobbed Puzzle

The single knobbed puzzle is available as a circle, square or isosceles triangle. The knob and the puzzle inset are turned from a single piece of wood eliminating the need for glue. This also means that the knob can never come loose during play. (the square and triangle puzzles have a glued knob - you can't turn a triangle or a square on a lathe! But they have been glued using non toxic glue and are very securely attached)

Your child will enjoy taking the inset in and out - with the circle puzzle being the easiest and the triangle and square more difficult as they require rotation to fit into the base. The isosceles triangle presents the greatest challenge as it only fits the base in one direction.

Suitable for children from 9 months.

Made from a variety of Native Australian Timbers and comes unsealed. Can be protected by covering in a layer of olive oil or beeswax polish.


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Ring Stacker

With 6 identical wooden rings and three posts that are designed to hold 1, 2 or 3 rings only, your little one will enjoy using the Count to Three Ring Stacker for many months. 
At first your baby will be mostly interested in taking the rings on and off the posts. But one day you might find the time is right to count aloud as your little one stacks. Repetition of this process, accompanied by the positive reinforcement of your voice and participation will lead the child to imitation. Soon they will be counting for themselves.

This material is not designed for the purpose of teaching counting - learning this skill is merely a happy consequence of repeated use! 

Introduction to the mathematical concepts of counting, quantity, addition, greater than and less than. 

Made from a variety of Native Australian Timbers and comes unsealed. May be sealed with olive oil or a beeswax polish.


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Pincer Grasp Cylinder Block

The Pincer Grasp Cylinder Block is presented after your child has mastered the use of the Palmer Grasp Block. The knob is turned out of the cylinder. This means that there is no need for glue and the knob can never come loose. 

The knob encourages the use of the pincer grasp. This is when your child grips the knob between the thumb and the first two fingers. The development of the pincer grasp features prominently in the Montessori approach, as it prepares the hand very well to be able to hold and control a pencil later on. 

Turned by hand, from various Native Australian Timbers. Comes in an unsealed state. May be protected by sealing with a coat of olive oil, or beeswax polish. 


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Palmer Grasp Cylinder Block

The Palmer Grasp Cylinder is designed for use by the infant who is sitting and using two hands together. The cylinder is grasped with the whole hand (think of how you would grasp something when wearing a mitten and this is the shape of your baby's hand when grasping in this way). 

The block is the first introduction to the series of cylinder blocks which grow in complexity right up to the full-size 10 cylinder blocks found in the 3-6 classroom - the Children's House. 

The young baby will love to move the cylinder in and out of the block over and over again.

Made from a variety of Native Australian Timbers, the block and cylinder come in a raw, unsealed state. The natural wood grain can be enhanced by oiling the wood with olive oil or polishing with beeswax. 


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Interlocking Discs

The Interlocking Discs are a classic Montessori Infant Material. Designed by Gianna Gobbi (who also created the Gobbi Mobile), they offer a unique grasping and hand development opportunity to your child. Can be presented to the baby from 12 weeks, or as soon as they are grasping objects.

The discs when grasped with both hands require wrist rotation, which is an important aspect of fine motor control.

When placed on a flat surface they roll a short distance and provide incentive for movement.

They encourage crossing of the midline and hand to hand transfer which have implications for the development of the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Made from assorted Native Australian Timbers and glued with a non-toxic glue. Can be sealed with beeswax or olive oil to protect the wood. Comes unsealed.


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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hand Operated Water Pump

A moulded plastic, hand-operated water pump for toddlers. BPA free plastic.
This little water pump is great for small hands. Simply place in a tub of water and pump the handle up and down until water flows out the spout. Develops bi-lateral coordination as the child's hands are performing separate actions which together, create the vacuum needed for water flow. 
Perfect for water play tables and great for bath time too!


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Mini Maraca

This quality musical instrument is perfect as an incentive to grasp and move the arm. Babies will learn about cause and effect with the tiny maraca (only 15cm high and the perfect weight for little hands). A lovely musical tone, neither too loud nor too quiet. Offered to the young child who is grasping and reaching with intent (any time after 12 weeks of age).


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Egg and Cup

The Egg and Cup is used for the sitting child who is using two hands together and transferring objects from hand to hand.

The concept of 'in' and 'out' delights the infant, especially when you say the words as they perform the actions! Offered from 6 months and up, but used well into the preschool years as an imaginary play item.

Made from natural timber which can be sealed using almond oil, olive oil or beeswax. This protects its surface and maintains its beautiful lustre.

$12 for one egg and cup

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Grasping Beads

Grasping beads are offered to the child to ease the transition between the reflexive palmer grasp and intentional prehension. The child moves from grasping anything that touches his palm, to being able to voluntarily grasp and let go of objects at will. The beads offer varied sensory stimulation due to the combination of texture, temperature, weight and shape. Offer to your baby when you notice them observing their own hands (usually between 10 and 12 weeks of age).
The Grasping beads also make great teethers and will be used throughout your baby's teething periods, well beyond their use as a grasping material.

Some of the materials I use to make your baby's grasping beads include wood, resin, coral, stone, glass and pottery. Every set is unique and is made with materials on hand at the time of ordering.


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Colour Categorisation Cards

The child that has had plenty of experience with matching work will be ready for the added cognitive step of sorting and categorisation.

Sorting, categorisation and classification are all skills that we use when thinking and reasoning about the things we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. They help up to heighten our awareness, focus our attention and verbalise the patterns that we notice. The ability to sort and classify exercises the brain pathways that will later be used in mathematics, science and language. The young child looks and listens, thinks and learns, defines and redefines. Attributes are sorted and classified and then sorted and classified all over again when something new is added to the child's framework of knowledge.

There are three stage in sorting and classification work.
Stage 1 - sorts objects that are identical in every attribute except for one
Stage 2 - sorts objects that differ in more than one attribute
Stage 3 - classification of objects that are similar but not identical

The Colour Categorisation Cards are for Stage 3 sorting work. There are 60 cards to sort and classify, representing 10 everyday objects, and 6 colours. Real photographs are used, not illustrations.
Cards are printed on 100gsm paper and laminated. Corners are rounded for safe handling.


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Butterfly Life Cycle

This is matching work for the older toddler as it covers Stage 2 (identical objects and pictures) and Stage 3 (non identical objects and pictures) of the matching sequence.

Your toddler will love looking at touching the realistic models of the stages of the butterfly's life cycle and can at first, match the models to identical picture cards.
When they are able to do this easily you can introduce the non-identical photo cards showing a real butterfly in metamorphosis.

As an extension, the almost three year old might enjoy ordering the cards and models to show the order in which each stage of the life cycle occurs. There are many books available about the life cycle of butterflies, which will further enhance your child's understanding of and interest in this amazing natural process.

Cards printed on 100gsm paper and laminated. Corners rounded for safe handling. Realistic models.


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Fish Matching

The very young toddler (from around 12 months of age) can be introduced to matching work when using identical physical objects. This is known as Stage 1 matching work.

The Fish Matching Sets cover two levels of matching...Stage 1 (identical objects) and Stage 2 (identical objects and pictures) so will last for a long time on your activity shelf.

Show your toddler how to match by lining up the fish from left to right and placing pairs underneath one another as you find them. A second level of complexity can be added when your child is able to match the fish models easily. First remove one set of models from the bag. Now show your child how to lay the cards out from left to right and then place the matching models onto the cards. Your toddler may also need a demonstration on how to open and close the drawstring bag.

There are five different Fish Matching Sets. When you order one set, I will pick a random selection of fish models to go into your bag. When you order all 5 sets you will get enough models to create 5 separate bags. Bags can be rotated to keep your toddler's interest, and you can use more than one bag at a time to increase the difficulty of the work.

Cards printed on 100gsm paper and laminated. Rounded corners for safe handling. Realistic models.

$20 for one set
$85 for all five sets

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Silhouette Matching

Your toddler will enjoy matching the colour illustration to the black silhouette of each animal. The coloured cards can also be used alone for naming work.

This is Stage 3 matching work - where the child matches non-identical pictures or objects. The ability to complete this work successfully usually begins at around 2 years of age, but may be earlier or later depending on the other opportunities for matching work that your child may previously have had.

Introduce this matching work by first sorting the cards into two piles - coloured and silhouette. Then lay out the silhouette cards from left to right on the work mat. If you need to make two rows, start your first row along the top of the mat and work downwards. Now show your child (using actions only, no speaking) how to find the matching animal cards and lay them on top of the silhouette cards. Your child may also need a demonstration on how to open the drawstring bag.

These cards come in 6 sets, Insects, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals. Printed on 100gsm paper and laminated. Corners are rounded for safe handling.

$15 for one set.
$80 for full set of six.

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Penguin Puzzle

The Penguin Puzzle is made from wood and the puzzle pieces are coated with a non-toxic paint. Your toddler will love unstacking the puzzle pieces from Daddy Penguin all the way down to Baby Penguin. Built in control of error, means that each puzzle piece only fits in its own slot, and the puzzle can only be completed when each penguin has been placed in the correct order from smallest to largest.

Comes with a set of matching cards for the older toddler. The child matches each puzzle penguin to its silhouette, which is a tactile velour. This adds the extra sense of touch to help the child match correctly. 

Also included, a laminated picture card with an emperor penguin and a laminated chart of the life cycle of the emperor penguin.


Also available in a Dolphin Set.

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