Friday, December 07, 2007

Montessori Inspired Age Appropriate Toys (9 to 12 Years)

NAMC Montessori Inspired Age Appropriate Toys 9-12 boy playing basketball
Children in this plane of development begin to explore play at a different level. They enjoy arts and crafts, science kits, and outdoor activities. Boys in particular, still enjoy more complex building sets. Both boys and girls are interested in reading fiction stories, especially those in a series, magazines, and how-to projects. They may also develop a special interest in hobbies or collecting items of interest. These activities help foster a new sense of independence, rational thought, and learning skills. Here are some ideas for the 9-12 year old.

Montessori Inspired Age Appropriate Toys (9 to 12 Years)

9-12 years:
  • Sports equipment (basketball hoops, soccer balls, inline skates, trampolines, footballs, jump ropes, bicycles)
  • Pottery wheels
  • Chemistry sets
  • Microscopes
  • Books, books, and more books
  • Sewing machine
  • Lego (Technics and Mindstorms)
  • Snap circuitry boards
  • Advanced art supplies such as origami paper, pastels, acrylic paints
  • Strategy games
  • Paint kits
  • Garden kitsNAMC Montessori Inspired Age Appropriate Toys boy with beaker
  • Friendship bracelet books/kits
  • Remote control cars
  • Model kits
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Games that allow them to quiz each other, such as Professor Noggins cards or Brainquest

NAMC Montessori Inspired Age Appropriate Toys boys with microscope
Whatever stage your child or children are in, it’s important to remember that toys and play time still define a lot of who they are. Watch your child play and join in. Encourage them to be creative. Ask why something works or why they built it the way they did. Above all else, listen to what they have to say. You might just learn a thing or two along the way.

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© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, December 7, 2007.


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