Friday, May 27, 2011

The Nuts and Bolts of Learning

I solidly believe the best toys for kids are the simplest ones. And I really love it when they happen to be free, or really cheap, or recycled, or in some other way inherently better than the battery-operated hunks of plastic I can't stand.

That's why my kids play with toys from the hardware store. Or, stuff we find in the basement. Either way, toys like nuts and bolts are awesome. They're Montessori-approved, teach practical skills, give practice with fine-motor skills and lend themselves to categorizing, comparing and matching activities. We use really big ones for a couple of important reasons: they're easier for the kids to work with, and they're big enough that even a hungry Vance can't swallow them.

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