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 toddlers and in-line with the Montessori philosophy. We're excited to offer her puzzles! Her pumpkin puzzle is for children 2.5+ years old. There are 12 pieces that intricately fit together. Each piece is a different part of the pumpkin, making it perfect to learn pumpkin nomenclature. This puzzle is great for the home or for the classroom as a transitional puzzle between the Toddler Community and the Children's House.
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. They are made from Baltic Birch plywood 11" (28cm) by 9.5" (24cm) and 3/8" thick (1cm).
Lovely heirloom puzzle
Posted by Louise on 28th May 2013
Reminds me of the Playskool brand wooden puzzles (also made in Canada) that my mom held on to for her grandchildren. These are even nicer though - beautifully painted and finished. I look forward to many children enjoying this puzzle over the years to come. A lovely product.