Montessori Braiding Board
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This wooden Montessori board is perfect to learn how to braid. It makes children work on Coordination of movement and fine motor skills. It is made of a wooden eco-friendly base with three different colour cords of the same length attached at the top.
One of the obvious purpose of this Montessori Braiding board is of course to use this braiding skill for everyday life challenges. In fact, this material can also be seen as a Montessori Practical life activity.
Material: Wood, Rope
Size: 30 cm x 9.5 cm x 1.4 cm/3.8 cm
Age: +2 years old
Education and fun go hand in hand: Using the Montessori Braiding Board for an activity is a fun task for children aged 3 years and up and is perfect for learning how to braid.
Learning to braid is not just for girls, it is a great task for both genders. The Montessori Braiding Board is a practical life skill which adheres to the Montessori principles of beauty, simplicity and realism. The Montessori Method of teaching emphasises active learning, independence and learning in harmony with each child’s unique pace of learning.
This braiding activity is a perfect example of how one Montessori task can teach and develop many different skills. The Montessori Braiding board engages tactile and visual sensory skills and enhances fine motor skills. It helps strengthen their fingers in readiness for writing and encourages dexterity.
Also, by physically sorting the different coloured cords and by handling tangible objects, the child is able to engage on a physical level and in this way, this Montessori task encourages hand-eye coordination and brain development.
Children have a natural desire to make sense of their world and because of the different colours of the cords they can see exactly what they are doing thereby creating a sense of order in their own world. This makes them feel capable & allows them a sense of purpose by being in control of which cord goes where as well as encouraging problem solving skills.
The child sees the colours of the braiding and can see when they have braided incorrectly as the pattern doesn’t look right. In this way they can undo the braiding and redo it in the correct sequence thus learning logical thinking and self-correction, or control of error.
This activity also develops the decision making skills of the child as they are the ones who get to decide what cord goes in what order to get the correct pattern.
Why buy this item: Children love a challenge and they feel a sense of achievement on successfully completing the Montessori Braiding Board. It is a practical life skill that engages both tactile and visual senses, in a way that is fun & like a game, rather than being work.
Children will return to this activity over and over because of the sense of achievement and satisfaction that they get from completing the braid successfully.