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Black-and-White Mobiles (at birth)
- The first mobiles are black and white. They are hung 8-10 inches above the infant's head. The mobiles are changed out as necessary to maintain the infant's interest. These early black and white mobiles help infants develop visual discrimination, tracking, and focus.
- The first black-and-white Munari mobile can be ordered here
- A black-and-white whale mobile can be ordered here
- A mobile hanger can be ordered here
- When the infant is ready for the next level of challenge, a Gobbi mobile (named after the creator) is hung within the range of the infant's random arm movements. Over time, the infant begins to realize that his/her hands affect the mobile. S/he then starts to attempt to impact the mobile intentionally, which helps to deepen concentration and arm control.
- A Gobbi mobile can be ordered here
- Directions for how to make your own Gobbi mobile can be found here
Wooden Ring on Elastic
- When the baby is ready to work on grasping, a wooden ring (approximately three inches in diameter with a thickness of half an inch) is hung from elastic. It is hung at a height that allows the infant to practice grasping it and pulling it to his/her mouth. This work allows the infant to unify tactile and visual interaction with objects.
- A wood ring on elastic can be ordered here
There's a great overview of the mobile series on the At Home with Montessori site. It's amazing to me how so many infant toys seem like too much stimulation when compared to the simplicity of these Montessori objects!
Henry seems to get more and more interested in mobiles every day. We bought a $12 wire mobile with clips from the Michael Olaf company, and I made some simple black and white cards to hang from it. I also bought the wooden arch from the same company and printed some black and white clip art cards (Editor's Note: pure Montessorians would've only used flying animals to go above the child's head, but at least I used real images).