Anybody else find that the stage between 12 and 15 months was a tricky one to entertain and teach? Don't get me wrong, it is full of milestones. Everything from speech to walking to waving can occur in this momentous time. Babies reciprocate a lot of what they've learned. And yet I always found developmental toys a challenge. Everything is so prohibitive, "CHOKING HAZARD", "NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER THREE YEARS OLD", the labels threaten. Kylie at How We Montessori circumvents all this, and has some pretty good ideas specifically for developing fine motor skills.
You don't have to be a loyal disciple of Maria Montessori to get something out of Kylie's "lessons" with 13-month-old son Otis. She uses a mat on the floor for each activity, and Otis can even get everything out himself. Of course, each activity must be put away before you begin the next. I don't know about you, but I'm a little in awe of the capacity and concentration of such a young child.
Read more about Maria Montessori's philosophy on the hand-brain connection and how Otis is learning to exercise it at How We Montessori.
(Images: How We Montessori)