Handmade Holidays: Quality Montessori

We live in a plastic, blinking, noisy, battery operated world, and while I have some appreciation for those things, I really think there's something special about simple, natural, hand-crafted toys that will last forever. That being said I'm SO excited about what we got for Leolani this Christmas. I'm also excited that I actually ordered it before December. I'm usually one of those crazy people shopping on Christmas Eve but this year I want to do my part to allow retail employees to stay home on Christmas Eve, AND support small businesses.

I've also been totally enamored with Montessori inspired toys. I think they're so beautiful and completely in line with my clean and simple aesthetic. I've done some reading on the philosophy and teaching style and while that appeals to me as well I haven't gotten myself organized enough to really do it. Despite my reluctance to start, I'm often browsing Montessori toys on Etsy. Quality Montessori is one shop I always end up looking through, and I decided to take the opportunity that Christmas brings to pick something up for Leo, and while it was difficult to choose, I decided on the  Montessori Baby Toy Gift Set.

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It arrived a few days ago, and I was probably more excited about it than Leo will be. I thought I would wait till Christmas to open it, but I couldn't resist and tore open the box as soon as it arrived. It is just as lovely in person as it was in the listing photo. Smooth, small and light weight but still sturdy. I won't give it to her till Christmas (silly, I know) and I can't wait to see her little fingers wrap around them! By then she should be reaching for objects in front of her and it'll be so fun to watch her play with her first Montessori toys. I'm pretty addicted now to this sort of quality toy and will be buying more!