Montessori Shelf | 9-10 Months
Montessori Shelf 9-10 Months
The shelf at 9-10 months seems to be less interesting to Isla than in past months. Which I actually truly have embraced because she has really started to explore the rest of our home. We have baby proofed everything to the point that nothing in our home, in her reach, is off limits to her. She freely explores and is so focused when playing independently. I have a few different low shelves and cabinets for her to access elsewhere that I will share soon! I do rotate half of her shelf every 7-10ish days but these are the items that she has been most interested in from 9-10 months. You may have noticed that I switched out the picture in her frame, which I have also decided to swap out every month! I used a $5 Flat Wrap Sheet that I picked up at Paper Source! Her clock and frame can be found in my Montessori Living Space post!
Montessori Shelf 9-10 Months
A closer look!
Schleich Animals + Laminated Cards
She loves the Schleich Animals in our Parent Infant class and I personally feel that it’s a great activity that I can keep going for a long time! There is a lot to talk about when it comes to describing animals and their habitats! I took iphone photos of the animals and had them laminated so sometimes when she’s playing we’ll match them together, but if she’s on her own she is just looking at the cards. She can also now find the monkey and the lion in the basket when asked— her understanding of language from month 9-10 has sky rocketed. It feels like she picks up a few new words each day now just from basic conversation and signing.
Her ball cylinder is so beautiful and well made! If we’re playing together we roll it back and forth, but if she takes it off her shelf she loves to flip it back and forth like an hourglass. She seems pretty perplexed that she cannot get the balls through the spindles (I’m thinking a shape sorter is in our future soon).
You can find all the sources to our DIY Garden in this post! But this might be her all time favorite. She loves to make the butterflies fly through the air and land on the flowers. The investment in this piece was really very low because we already had the “garden” and you might too!
Wooden Toy Blocks
These wooden toy blocks are a household favorite! Full disclosure, Nicholas and I may love it more than Isla…We play with these blocks the longest out of anything on her shelf. Isla loves to knock them down, and only in the last few days (a few days shy of 10 months) has she started to show interest in stacking one block on top of another. Sometimes she lets go and stacks it, most of the time she hangs on to it and pretends to stack it. Either way, it has been cool to see her progression of understanding stacking. These blocks have all kinds of cool shapes which make for some cool towers (thats last no more than 3 seconds before being smashed down!). We have a lot of fun with this block set as a family.
Wire + Bead
This wire and bead toy is actually the top from an activity cube, but I’ve found that the cube and the wire and bead attachment are better kept separate. The wire and bead top doesn’t stay in place, so when the cube is flipped around it’s tossed off immediately. We keep the cube upstairs and the wire and bead downstairs. More so than moving the beads, I can see the wheels turning in Isla’s head when she puts different items, like the bugs from her garden or even just her hands, through the wires.
This Jellycat Bunny is not on her shelf, but has its own place in between the spindles of the lowest step of the staircase. It seems Isla will go no where around the house lately without her bunny in hand. I picked ours up at our local Hanna Anderson only because she spotted it and was pointing and smiling at it— she had all the sales associates laughing and smiling with how obsessed she was with it the second I handed it to her. Probably my best impulse buy of motherhood thus far.