"The first six years of life are immensely important in terms of learning. During this period, children have extraordinary abilities to learn almost effortlessly; they “absorb” information from their environment, whatever that environment might be." ~forsmallhands.com
Have you heard the term "Montessori learning" and wondered what it was all about? Named after Italian medical doctor, Mari Montessori, the Montessori way of teaching young children is recognizing each child is uniquely different and deserving of respect. It is acknowledging their individual needs and teaching according to those needs in an environment that allows the child to engage in meaningful activities. Giving the child opportunity to learn through play and helping them recognize their own capabilities. The more I learn about the Montessori way of teaching, the more I am intrigued by it.
Children love to have purposeful work and feel so loved when they are needed. My boys love when I give them household chores. Sure, they do not do it perfectly or even properly most of the time, but they are learning valuable skills. Skills they will take with them into their adult lives. I believe part of being a family is getting the whole family to help out. I am not one of those moms who tries to do it all so it can be done "right". My children sweep floors, empty trash cans, put away laundry, set the table, help with the cooking, etc. They are learning what is means to be responsible even at a young age. This is why I was so thrilled to discover For Small Hand's online store and their partner site, Montessori Services! They offer everything you could possibly need for the Montessori home or classroom.
I was sent several of their child size cleaning tools for this review. My kids were so excited when the package arrived! In the box was a child size broom, mini-dustpan & brush set, lambswool duster, child sized carpet sweeper and wall organizer.
Everything is so cute and little, I love it! What I appreciate most about these cleaning tools is they are not children's toys, they are real and very well made.
This little broom has a nice solid handle made of bamboo and the brushes are angled for easy sweeping. Perfect size for children ages 3-8. My 10 year old daughter even loves to use it and it actually fits her well as she is small for her age. I am very impressed by this broom, it is every bit as nice as our full size kitchen broom.
Cooperation at it's best!
Of course a child size broom is not complete without a child sized dust pan! This dustpan also comes with a handy little clean up brush. The brush is made of nice soft bristles and snaps into the dustpan handle for easy storage. I like that the dustpan has a rubber lip to help guide crumbs easily inside. My boys enjoy sweeping up their messes and get to exercise their gross motor skills at the same time.
I was thankful to receive the Lambswool Duster, my sons love to dust but usually bring out a wet rag which isn't good on wood. This duster is so soft and it's little wooden handle is the perfect size for small children. And for only $3.95 you cannot beat the price!
child size carpet sweeper! My son J Bug (pictured above) whips that puppy out every time he sees a bit of something on the carpet. He cleans with great enthusiasm and I am tickled pink to have a clean rug! I am impressed by how well this carpet sweeper actually cleans up. It has 2 bottom compartments to capture debris and opens easily to empty contents in trash. It even comes with a cleaning tool to clean hairs and such out of the roller brush. The cleaning tool stores neatly on the front of the sweeper (see dark grey tool on lower part of handle).
Who knew clean up time could be both entertaining and educational! I am so pleased with these products. It is so good for me to see my 3 and 4 year old sons eager to help in the household chores. I can't wait to add more items to our home that make having small hands not an issue.
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Disclaimer - For Small Hands sent me the child size cleaning tools free of charge in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine, I was not committed to write a favorable review. I received no other compensation. I am disclosing this information in compliance with the FTC Regulations.
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