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Updated post for 2018!
I have always associated Easter with Spring, outdoor and good weather. So in our family, the kind of toys we buy at Easter are essentially nature and outdoor orientated. Following the Montessori principles (real tools, to practice life skills or explore the world), I present you my selection.
This year, we are offering a bike to my son and a two wheels scooter to my daughter so only one gift as it’s quite expensive.
But here a list of the things I have offered in the past or ideas that I will forward to our family:
Easter plastic eggs: the best buy ever! We do an Easter egg hunt and the first time we did it, my daughter was 2. Then we had to hid the eggs in turn until the Summer, it was her favourite game. And there are so many activities you can do with a set of Easter eggs (make sure to have two of each colour, I’m planning a blog post with ideas so stay tuned).
I remember fondly my first microscope and I can wait to offer one to my children (BIG HINT to grand-parents!!!). Anything that encourage the children to get in touch in nature is great!
I am planning to buy this one this year, after our current one (plastic structure) broke.
Why buy two globes when you can buy this unique dual functioning globe. The Earth and Constellation Globe has a day-time and night- time view and is in fact two globes in one. In the daylight the 22.8cm diameter globe shows political boundaries, oceans, equator, longitude and latitude lines, country names, capital cities and other major cities for each country in the world. By night the illuminated star map shows constellations with their common names.
The Earth and Constellation Globe has an automatic light sensor so when the globe is turned on and the surrounding area is dark the globe will transform into a beautiful glowing globe showing the star constellations
Both my children have a magnifying glass and use it for outdoor exploration but also in various activities inside. It can be left on the “nature’s table” if you have one.
We bought a pair a few years ago at Kew Garden. Now that Louis is 5, we need a second pair as my daughter is not forthcoming to share hers (I remember that she bought it with her own pocket money). I would advice a real efficient pair of binocular and not bother with a toy’s one.
We bought the garden one for my daughter. This one is next on the list for her.
Nature treasure hunt cards: to be honest, I should be able to do this game myself but lacking the time, I’m thinking of buying this one. Just to have an incentive to explore when we are out and about. Sometimes, it’s me who needs a push as the children most of the time have their own ideas.
With 40 interactive activities and games divided into five categories, Kids’ Garden encourages children to engage with the outdoors and to appreciate the green world around them.
We have just received our first Mud and Bloom box and we are trialing it this month. I will share the activities we have done with our box.
The boxes are for 3-8 year old’s and will be delivered through your letter box at the beginning of each month.
Each box includes everything you need for two seasonal activities: one gardening and one nature craft – along with instructions, quizzes and games aimed at teaching children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall.
Since | first wrote this blog post, we have launched our very own subscription box. The upcoming topic is Frog! (March 2020). Have a look here.
My children love to help in the garden and we have tools for them and gloves!
The gloves are super important for them!
My son received one when he was around 2 and he enjoys it so much. He liked to transport wood and stones from one side of the garden to the other side. Last year, I dug my first vegetable patch and I had to remove lots of stones. My son participated greatly by taking them away.
Choose a metal one that it's sturdier and heavier, so it's not falling when your child fills it in. And as he will have to make an physical effort to push it, that will give him a real sensation.
We did the experience last year and I'm planning to do this again this year. However, it might be better to wait for a warmer weather to start it. With the kit, you will receive a voucher to order your butterfly's eggs so you can decide when to start (make sure you have 10 days at home ahead of you and warm weather).
this is the one my child is currently using. We offered it to my daughter 7 years ago and my son inherited it. It's great for balance and confidence. Highly recommended.
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If you want more ideas for Easter, check my "spring books" collection.
Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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