Sunday was the start of 39 weeks, we’re officially closing in on the end of this pregnancy. I’ve been seeing my midwife once a week, a month of dinners are waiting in the freezer, and the bag for the birth center is finally packed and ready. I thought as I’m waiting for my body and the baby to get ready for birth, I’d share this week a few ways we’ve prepared for baby’s arrival in the Montessori way.
Today, preparing for baby with Montessori infant activities.
Activities for Babies Ages 3+ Months
This one is from Goose Designs on Etsy. They also sell grasping bells and rings. (I attempted to make my own Gobbi mobile. It was an epic failure. Next time around I’m just going to buy one from Goose Designs.)
Treasure Baskets & Discovery Boxes
Treasure baskets and discovery boxes are essentially the same thing with minor variations. A treasure basket is filled with a variety of items (between 15 – 20). The items in the basket should appeal to the 5 senses (sight, touch, taste, hear, smell) and made of varying materials, preferably natural materials. In the past, I’ve done baskets based on color (red, yellow, blue), room (kitchen, sewing), and season (fall with gourds and pumpkins).
A discovery box is a miniature version of a treasure basket. With this I put 6 different items of varying sizes, weights, and textures and let them explore.
Activities for Babies Ages 6+ Months
Activities for Babies Ages 9+ Months
Preparing for Baby Series
Preparing for Labor*