Best Educational Toys for a 1 Year Old

March 25, 2024

When we think about educational toys for 1-year-old babies, it’s critical that we also consider the whopping number of milestones and skills children achieve in this one short year.  Between 12 months to 24 months, a child’s brain is expanding with connections that help them piece together their world. It is a time of curiosity, […]

The Best Montessori Toys for 1 Year Olds By Developmental Milestone

December 15, 2023

Do you love the child-centered Montessori approach to learning, but don’t know what Montessori toys will actually engage your wiggly and wild 1 year old?  One year olds are busy working on gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, object permanence, problem-solving, and even language development. Choosing the right toy at the right time to […]

When a Montessori Family Hits the Road: The Best Montessori Toys for Travel

March 7, 2023

Nothing fills a parent’s mind with more dread than the unexpected tantrums and embarrassing outbursts of a young child on vacation. What if they scream through our fancy dinner? What if they refuse to sit still? It’s the stuff of nightmares! Being prepared is the best antidote for parent travel anxiety. Our well-traveled family learned […]

Curiosity-Sparking Educational Montessori Toys for 3 Year Olds

June 22, 2022

In the Montessori parenting sphere, there’s so much focus on how to play the Montessori way with your infant or toddler, but what about three years and beyond? During this time, gross motor and fine motor development are exploding; dramatic pretend play is happening almost 24/7; and unique passions or interests emerge. It’s an age […]

13 Educational Toys for Babies that Parents Love, Too

May 2, 2022

You might not think newborns and infants have any use for toys, but you’d be shocked by how much they enjoy them and can learn from them – especially when you buy suitable educational toys for babies! It’s easy to think, “Nope, there’s no way I’m buying my six-month-old a bunch of toys,” but you […]

What are Montessori Toys? Demystifying Montessori Materials for the Curious Parent

March 23, 2022

We’ve touched on many Montessori topics here at Undefining Motherhood, but today we’re unraveling one of Montessori’s greatest mysteries.  The Montessori toy is both simple and complex, somehow unlocking even the youngest child’s natural desire for intense focus and learning. Yet, there is no official standard or authoritative list of these toys anywhere.  What’s the […]

I’m a Big Kid Now! The Best Montessori Toys for 2 Year Old Toddlers

November 23, 2021

Let’s face it. A lot of toys these days are all flash and no substance. That’s why I use the Montessori method as my guidepost for selecting toys for every age and stage. Today we’re scoping out the best Montessori toys for 2 year old toddlers.  We’ll use the Montessori perspective on early child development […]

Educational Montessori Toys for 4 Year Olds

October 27, 2021

To spend an afternoon with a four-year-old is to witness a child’s personality in full bloom. These preschoolers are bouncing with boisterous energy and brimming with imagination. Purchasing educational gifts for 4-year-olds is rewarding for everyone – the child, the parent, and the gift-giver. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, unlike […]

Feminist Books for Boys: Why ALL Kids Should Read Feminist Books!

May 15, 2024

Empowering books for girls aren’t just for girls, y’all! It’s essential that we read books about strong women to boys, too! That’s why we’ve compiled this list of feminist books for boys, made up of board books and picture books for young readers. Of course, feminist themes aren’t always explicit in books like these (although […]