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Welcome to my shop where I hope to inspire the love of learning through fun hands-on educational learning by doing activities. So, if you are looking to engage your little one at home without the assistance of electronic devices, but are not sure where to begin, then Montessori Inspired Hearts sensory play kit is a place to start! This learning kit will stimulate sensory play with play dough, develop numeracy skills with a Montessori Hundred Board, advance fine motor control and dexterity, and more!
Please note, that this Montessori-Inspired Hearts Learning Kit can be modified for smaller children, including toddlers. However, it is mainly designed for preschoolers and kindergartens.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment …[as such] “growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori.
Please NOTE: the PLAY DOUGH is ALL NATURAL completely NON-TOXIC! It has been hand-made from food-grade ingredients by me with love. Only red-colored play dough is scented with strawberry fragrance oil, which can be omitted upon request. And since my play dough has NO artificial chemical preservatives, it WILL develop mold eventually! See HERE the official U.S. approved Patent (1) commercial play dough and HERE US Patent (2). So, the play dough should last from 1-6 months. But please, inspect for black dots (mold) prior to each use and discard immediately if you see any and use my recipe to make a new batch. Please discard it after 6 months.
Moreover, in my opinion, if a sensory “toy” cannot be sanitized, cleaned, or wiped, it should NOT be stored for long, as inevitably, it will be a breeding ground for bacteria/viruses, etc. I create play dough with little people in mind so it is SAFE for YOUR CHILD and for the ENVIRONMENT!
Also, the play dough WILL dry due to improper storage or handling/playing and by wetting hands and mending it, it will regain its elasticity and softness!
Lastly, while the TASTE-SAFE version is available by omitting glitter and/or fragrance oil (leave a comment under your order), the play dough has very high salt content, so it’s NOT recommended to be eaten.
Playdough should be stored in an airtight jar, I prefer to wrap it in a food wrap as well. Keep it in a cool dark place with low humidity.
Recommended for children 6 M+. Adult supervision is required.
ALLERGEN INFO: PLAY DOUGH:
Contains: wheat, corn. Does NOT contain: nuts, dairy, eggs, or soy, but is handmade in a facility that contains those items so even though the utmost care is taken to produce play dough in a clean environment, cross-contamination could occur.
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♡ MATH number recognition and formation, strategies for addition, number sequencing, place value, visual matching, numerical order, and patterning, skip counting, comparing numbers (greater than/less than), rounding, fact families and more.
♡ PRACTICAL LIFE SKILLS: Practical life activities are the heart of Montessori education as they play an essential role in a child’s development. Practical life activities such as threading pipe cleaners or transferring small objects offer many benefits such as the refinement of fine motor skills, the development of focused attention, and preparation for writing and reading. “Montessori Practical Life is more than the wonderful feeling of doing real work, of being helpful to others, this work also sharpens valuable mental skills including planning, organization, task initiation, working memory, self-regulation, flexibility, goal-directed persistence, and sustained attention. These are executive functions of the brain, and are more reliable predictors of academic achievements than even IQ scores.”—The Universal Child, Guided By Nature by Susan M. Stephenson.
♡ FINE MOTOR CONTROL: when children practice small muscle hand control by kneading, tonging, pinching, transferring, threading, etc, they develop the strength, dexterity, and control needed to manipulate many everyday items such as a pencil, spoon, button, scissors, zippers, and more … “He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori. The Absorbent Mind.
♡ BILATERAL COORDINATION is the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time in a coordinated manner. For example, when the child holds a pipe cleaner with one hand and threads pony beads with the other, or while using scissors, s/he is developing bilateral coordination.
♡ DEXTERITY, which is perfecting skills and ease in using their hands.
♡ HAND-EYE coordination, which is the ability to coordinate the information received through the eyes to control, guide, and direct the hands in the accomplishment of a given task.
♡ SENSORY PLAY: using play-dough provides a wide array of developmental, learning, and especially sensory benefits. Tactile stimulation is extremely important for the developing brain since the “sensitive period” (which Dr. Montessori defined as a period of special sensitivity to particular stimuli) from birth till the age of five is sensory refinement. So, it is extremely important to trigger sensory stimuli through the power of tactile play since whatever is perceived through the hand, goes directly to the brain!
♡ CRAFTING: children are innately very curious and imaginative, so providing a thoughtful stimulating prepared environment with lots of opportunities for artistic expression, will naturally spur creativity and self-expression!
♡ PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS: math helps us think analytically and have better reasoning abilities.
♡ LOGICAL THINKING is the process of using focus and self-control to solve problems. Logical thinking helps us make inferences, deductions, understand the consequences of our actions, as well as set and follow through on goals. Math develops attention, concentration, memory, and logical thinking.
♡ SPATIAL AWARENESS, which is an understanding of the positioning of objects in relation to oneself in that given space. It is also an understanding of the relationship of these objects when there is a change of position ~ think puzzles, symmetry games, patterns.
♡ ANALYTICAL THINKING: mathematics develops the ability to think, investigate and find concrete solutions. AND MORE …
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