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The Basket of Known Objects

The Basket of Known Objects is one of the most simple and effective Montessori activities for babies. It promotes exploration, language, sensory development and movement... Best of all, it's 100% FREE!!

As its name implies, this activity requires placing 4-6 safe objects that you find around the house into achild-sized basket. It can be introduced around the age of three months, or when you see that your child is beginning to grasp objects. If your baby can sit up against pillows, you can...

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Gobbi Tutorial, Part II (Hanging the Gobbi)

To see Part I (Making the Gobbi mobile), click here.

My dear friend Junnifa, who's taking the Assistants to Infancy training, was kind enough to give me guidance and sent me the two pictures that show how to hang the Gobbi mobile. I love her beautiful results! Thanks Junnifa!!! :)

Materials:
  • Large piece of paper or whiteboard
  • Pencil or marker
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Dowel
  • More embroidery thread (optional)
Instructions:

First, draw a straight line on a piece of paper or a whiteboard. Line up the...

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Dog Days of Summer

When Zach was a newborn, we had a hammock set up in our family room/bedroom. I spent several nights dozing with him on that hammock in the fog of early motherhood. We eventually took it down to put up the mobiles, but a few days ago Zach was grumpy, so my husband decided to rock him. Within minutes, our baby was asleep with his hanging wooden ring safely tucked in his hand (check out the toes!!)...





When my husband's younger sister was a baby, she received as a gift a cloth frog that could...

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Texture Beanbags

Zach wants to touch EVERYTHING these days. I have to be careful where I stand when I am holding him, because he'll reach out for anything within arm's length! I've learned to keep the shopping cart in the middle of the aisle after a few near-catastrophes in the juice aisle.

I wanted to capitalize on his interest for tactile experiences, and I could tell he was getting bored with the objects in his activity area and needed new objects to manipulate. A quick dash to the fabric store, four small...

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Suggested Color Gradation for the Gobbi

Hi crafty reader! If you're planning on making a Gobbi mobile, I have some info that might come in handy (don't hate me if you already started, because I just got this from a helpful friend who's taking the A to I course! You can always make another one; babies LOVE these mobiles!). Here are the suggested DMC embroidery floss shades for each of the potential Gobbi colors:

Yellow: 745 - 744 - 743 - 972 - 742

Green: 703 - 702 - 701 - 700 - 699

Teal: 3811 - 3766 - 3810 - 3809 - 3808

Blue: 3752 - 827...

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Gobbi Tutorial, Part I

Disclaimer: I am NOT what you would call "incredibly crafty" and I'm also pretty bad at writing tutorials (How I successfully wrote 12 Montessori albums, I'll never know). I also haven't taken the Assistants to Infancy training, so if there's a different/better way to do this, please leave your comments below for the benefit of all readers.

A few months ago Iwrote about the Gobbi mobile, which is a favorite among babies starting around 8 weeks of age. Several readers have asked me for a...

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As easy as a ribbon, a bracelet, and a bell

While Zachary observed his Gobbi mobile recently, I realized that from one day to the next he had started moving his arms. These movements weren't the reflexive jerks of a newborn; they seemed to have a different energy and trajectory.

I mentioned this to my husband, so he decided to hold out a rattle near Zach's right arm to see what would happen. Zach flung out his arm repeatedly while keeping his eyes fixed on the rattle, and several times struck the toy, causing it to chime happily.

This...

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Topponcino Tutorial

I'm very much a "fly by the seat of your pants" type of sewer, so I unfortunately don't have a pattern or very precise measurements for the topponcino. However, I can share with you how I made it and you can check out the pictures of my topponcino, in case you want to make your own.

Materials:
  • muslin fabric (or other thin cotton fabric) for topponcino
  • soft cotton fabric for cover
  • cotton batting
  • embroidery thread
  • sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Cut out two ellipses from the muslin,...

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