We've teamed up with Mira Herbert of Puzzle Heads to create our own line of Montessori Puzzles for Toddlers. After meeting her at a Montessori conference and seeing her beautiful puzzles, we both thought we'd make the perfect team. She's adapted her puzzles to make them suitable for children 2+ years and in-line with the Montessori philosophy. We're excited to offer her puzzles!
Here's what Mira has to say about her work:
My handmade puzzles have a strong inspiration from the Montessori philosophy as a result of my involvement with my children’s Montessori education. My puzzles are truly handcrafted from start to finish by my very own hands. I've designed and drawn the images, I prepare the wood panels, I silkscreen the artwork colour by colour on each and every panel using water based, non toxic paint, I finish them with 3 coats of non toxic water based varnish, I cut them one at a time with a scroll saw and I sand every single piece to ensure each puzzle is not only beautiful to look at but wonderful to hold. True old fashioned quality craftsmanship from my hand....to yours.
My puzzles feature a single subject matter boldly presented in the centre of the panels with lots of natural clear varnished wood surrounding the image. This showcases the beauty of the wood, the natural grain and draws your attention to the subject. I choose subject matter that is common in everyday environments - like Monarchs, and include information like body part names or facts that a parent or caregiver can use to enrich the learning as desired.
Isn’t the Monarch one of those beautiful butterflies that stirs up the imagination, reminds us that spring is in the air, and is such a prize when you can exclaim to your kids “Look, look, over there, see the Monarch – isn’t it beautiful?” It can open up the next phase of the conversation about “Did you know that delicate butterfly can fly thousands of miles south for the winter to Mexico and California….can you imagine?” And how is it that the Monarch creates such an incredible chrysalis, rimmed in fine gold accents?
These puzzles are created from my own original designs and drawings. They are made from Baltic Birch plywood 11" square (28cm) and 3/8" thick (1cm).
Relive the wonders of nature through your child’s eyes and learn about butterfly facts (did you know they taste with their feet!?) printed on the base of the puzzle. A beautiful puzzle to enchant you and your child for many years.