With this post, I’m starting a series of tutorial to make your own Montessori mobiles, which all aim at developing sight, baby’s attention skills, color and depth perception. I made and tested myself all the tutorials you’ll find on my blog (twice, for both Oliver and Emily), and I sometimes adapted them to simplify them—I’m all about easy easy!
I have to admit that when I decided to make the Montessori mobiles myself, I procrastinated quite a bit before starting: all the tutorials I found online were either too approximative or too complicated—side B has to be double side A and three times side C—but I then remembered a very important mantra:
DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT
So I forgot about all the strict rules and used a bit of that creativity that all my young students really like. Oliver loves his Montessori mobiles, he can stay up to half an hour looking at them while lying on his mat alone in his room—it’s a life savior when I need to dress/shower/make up/cook/clean!
This is a visual mobile, which means the baby shouldn’t be able to grasp, pull, batt it: ideally, it has to hang around 30 cm from the baby’s floor mat.
What you need:
- This free template to print
- Scissors (pointy ones)
- 6 white, thick cardboard papers (A4)
- 2 wooden sticks
- Nylon or cotton thread
You’ll see this material used in almost all tutorials so buy a lot of it!
What you have to do:
- Print out the six pages of the template (each on a different cardboard paper) and cut out the shapes.
- Same shapes go together: stick them together with glue (glue goes on the white surface ;-).
- With pointy scissors, make a hole at the top of each shape, pass the thread through and tie a knot.
- Now the fun begins: you’ll have to attach the shapes to the sticks and balance them so they stay straight. It’s more or less like this (and yes, I dug up my old Moleskine for you!):
You’re all done! Now you just have to attach the mobile to the ceiling: the system you see in the pictures below allows you to easily change (and interchange, if you like) the mobiles. The thread is attached to the a hook in the ceiling. Easy, peasy! Below, in the list of posts I handpicked for you, you’ll also find more inspiration to hang your mobiles.
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