Reviewed by Karen
I’ve always been intrigued by the Montessori method to learning and as a parent who I would describe as ‘winging it’ a lot of time I do often wonder if I could make my life easier by following the Montessori method.
If you haven’t heard of the Montessori method, then please allow me to give you a brief overview. The Montessori method was developed by Maria Montessori in Italy, and it focuses on children learning through independence with a hands-on learning approach rather than the more formal teaching methods you may find in other educational settings. On the back of the flashcard box, you will find the following sentence which sums up the game perfectly ‘It provides an important tactile experience that encourages curiosity, hones the senses and promotes independent learning.’
The flashcards arrived in a simple box which is fully recyclable. The box is bold and eye-catching with lots of different colours to grab the attention of any young toddler. The flashcards feel robust and hard wearing. There is a simple design on the front with a cut out shape and a bold word for the item that is pictured. There is a small hole in the back where little fingers can push the piece of the jigsaw out. Once the jigsaw piece has been removed there is also a I washed out the original design to help children to understand which piece goes with which flashcard. There are 12 flashcards in to total and they range from food to vehicles to animals and aeroplanes. It is suitable for children aged 1 – 3 years old but my eldest who is almost 5 enjoyed getting involved with my 2-year-old when she was playing.
Rather than handing this toy to my toddler I chose to leave it out somewhere that she could find it and start experimenting herself. The minute she found the box she dug straight in. At 2 years old she was able to identify each of the items from the pictures and once she had matched the flashcards up and added the correct pieces to the correct flashcard, she was busy creating new games for herself. I sat back and watched her entertain herself for a good half an hour before she asked if I wanted to get involved. Anyone wanting to enjoy a hot cup of tea in peace this game is a must!
One of the things I like the most about these flashcards is that they are not only a game for entertainment, but they are great for education and imagination as well. The flashcards helped us to create a story, talk about what food we would like to eat and where we would travel to on our holiday. Plus, the box is small enough to be added to a changing bag, although not the lightest toy, to keep your little one entertained whilst you are out and about
In my opinion these would make a fantastic stocking filler or birthday gift and at £14 they are reasonable.
These can be bought from Amazon here.