Montessori philosophy believes that choosing toys in a Montessori home should challenge a child’s interest and imagination, without being too difficult or too easy.
If your child destroys a toy, it is often because the toy is either too simple, too difficult, or is in a deteriorated condition. Toys should inspire a sense of joy, wonder or fulfillment as a child plays with them. (Of course, first and foremost, toys should be safe!)
Types of toys
Many toys found in a Montessori environment are both fun and educational. Some of the criteria for selecting the best educational toys and games are:
Children will be strategic and use their imagination when playing with toys. There will be a positive challenge for them, that when they have successfully completed the task they will feel a sense of accomplishment and want to do it again.
Children will have an enjoyable experience and love what they are learning. Toys should contribute to the enhancement of life skills that will prepare your child for a life-long love of learning.
Children need smart toys and games that are fun, have a purpose, and are also durable and attractive. It is important to choose quality, over quantity, when selecting toys and games for your child.
In part two of this segment, we’ll get into more detail about the presentation of toys for your toddlers and preschoolers.
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