Montessori Toys Ireland

Let’s Grow Early Learning Shop supplies Montessori Toys from Dublin in Ireland. Included are items made by skilled people with special needs. These items are identified with the Happy Hands symbol. We offer Happy Hands gift packaging as well as Happy Hands assembly on some items.
I place the Happy Hands items at the start and then by age. I am often asked “What is a Montessori Toy?”. As Woody says ” A toy – a child’s Plaything” . Toys and Games are played for enjoyment. The Montessori classroom is filled with unusual items designed to achieve an incremental step for the child. These items are called Montessori Materials. In the classroom a child is instructed on the use of the materials. Once mastered the child is rewarded with a sense of achievement and an I can do spirit.
The child wants to learn and today has multiple outlets for enjoyment. A Montessori toy attracts the child to play with it. It is well made with a beautiful finish. Playing with the toys and games is enjoyable and at the same time achieves a learning step for the child. The toys in this section have features found in the Montessori materials such as the element of discovery, self correction and isolation of difficulty.
Reading, Writing and Maths are not part of the child’s natural learning they must be taught to the child. Indirect preparation is important. Building listening, speaking, gross motor and fine motor skills, concentration are all incremental building of a skill set for reading, writing and maths.
Adult supervision is required and if appreciated by the child adult participation is welcomed. Playing with the child allows communication while having fun. New words are learnt, interesting exchanges are made, insights into each others worlds are gained. The adult is able to pass on valuable information. The child may choose to play on their own using the toy to be in their world. Maria Montessori observed that children prefer doing the real thing rather than pretending to do it.
Maria Montessori loved to bring the children outdoors – she moved their classroom into the garden. I encourage using outdoors as a learning setting.

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