Maria Montessori famously described the hands as the tools of intelligence. When babies develop their hands, they are preparing to take on purposeful and more independent work, such as feeding themselves.
That’s just one good reason to place a set of bracelets and a wooden peg in front of your child next time they are seated and looking to play with something new. Demonstrate how they can stack the bracelets onto the peg and allow them to try it for themselves; with this activity, your child can exercise their eye-hand coordination and refine their dexterity.
In my practice as a parenting coach, I love to recommend this type of play to my clients because you can set it up using everyday household objects. There’s no need to go out and buy toys, children are intrigued enough by what’s in the home already.
Bracelets of any size will do, but the larger the circumference, the easier it will be for a child who is just starting out. As they master placing the bracelets on the peg with precision, they can move onto more challenging objects, such as napkin rings.
P.S. Would you like my support and guidance setting-up your Montessori home? If, yes then go ahead and schedule a ‘Discovery Session’ with me. It’s free and you’ll know if we are a good fit. 😉
*The appropriate age will depend on the child’s individual development and abilities as well as interest. These are all approximate ages; it is essential to follow your child’s needs by learning to observe them.