Montessori Services: What a lovely gift for the children in our lives! Zen master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh has created a very simple meditation for children. Being able to hold a pebble and think about what it might stand for gives young, energetic children a way to quiet their bodies as they learn to quiet their minds.
This book, along with some beautiful stones (not included), would be a lovely addition to a peace corner. Some of the pages can be cut out and made into cards. Includes easy-to-understand instructions, further resources, an activity, and a song with score. Spiral-bound hardcover, 62 pages. Ages 4 and up.
This is a beautiful, simple booklet for children that helps to teach the simplicity of meditation. I have used this book in the 3-6 classroom as well as lower elementary all the way up to leading meditations in staff meetings for adults! I highly recommend this book for any age.
Montessori Services: The ancient seven-circuit Cretan or Classical design has been found in most cultures and was once used on Cretan coins. Labyrinths are often described as paths of wisdom and peace. One of the oldest of symbols, the labyrinth dates back more than 4000 years. Long used as a meditation and prayer tool, this ancient art form speaks to people of different backgrounds and various religions. The labyrinth symbol has occurred around the world in various cultures, at different points in time.
This personal “finger labyrinth” is perfect for a quiet space or peace table. Cast in a resin-based material. From Ireland. 7¼" in diameter x ½" high. Ages 4 and up.
I got this for my kids, ages 4 1/2 and 3, for a calming activity. It's been a total success. They both are very willing to do it when they need to 'calm their body'. My 3 year old, especially, finds it useful as he tends to be rather dramatic and upset easily. It is of good quality and pleasant to look at so I have no problem leaving it out on the table for easy access.
Montessori Services: In Japan, Zen Buddhists rake sand in stone gardens as a meditative act. Ours is a tabletop version, yet its effect can be just as peaceful. After seeing a careful demonstration, children can rake a pattern in the fine sand and select a place for each stone. The simplicity of this experience is powerful yet calming. A wonderful addition to a quiet corner.
Set consists of a wood-framed Sand Garden (12" x 7 1/8;"), 2 wood/bamboo rakes, sand, rocks, and a booklet of meditations. Ages 4 and up; children under 5 may need supervision.
The Japanese Sand Garden is a wonderful tool for children (and adults) of all ages. Arranging the pebbles and gently raking patterns in the sand is meditative and calming. My first sand garden was handmade, but I later purchased this tabletop product, and it was used regularly in the classroom. I am no longer teaching, but I take it along to my peace workshops and show teachers how to use in their own peace areas. My observations of children using it in the 6-9 classroom is that it is probably the most popular item on the peace shelf.
Montessori Services: Anyone can instantly play beautiful music with this lap harp (also known as a zither or a folk harp). Just slide a songsheet under the strings and pluck the string above each note — it’s that easy! An excellent way to introduce children to the joys of music. Handcrafted of lacquered hardwood.
Comes with 6 two-sided song sheets (12 songs), tuning key, tuning instructions, pick, spare string, and a lifetime string replacement guarantee. 15½" x 8½" x 2".
Song sheet songs: Take Me Out to the Ball Game; My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean; Amazing Grace; Michael Row Your Boat Ashore; Aura Lee; Away in the Manger; London Bridge is Falling Down; When the Saints Go Marching In; Red River Valley; We Wish You a Merry Christmas; On Top of Spaghetti/Old Smokey.
We have this available to the children in our three to six year room. They come to ask for the music sheets and get to decide what they will try to play. Some have played lovely music using the guide (I also bought extra music sheets)and others just strum. Either way, the sound produced is pleasant and we get good value from the purchase.
Pick a card from any of nine categories and find an imaginative way to start your children bending, breathing, and stretching with yoga.
This mind/body practice develops children’s strength and flexibility, helps improve their concentration, and builds self-esteem.
Engaging step-by-step illustrations show a playful, imaginative pose or activity on one side, with activity instructions or simple visualizations on the other.
Try partner poses or choose a fun group game, such as “Yoga Pretzels.”
The companion booklet helps any adult design a safe and fun practice for children. Includes booklet, 50 cards with rounded corners on varnished cardstock, and a durable storage box. Ages 4 and up.
Montessori Services: Build an inuksuk to mark a special day or place--or for the intrinsic satisfaction of stacking stones. A magical book with step-by-step instructions for creating your own stone sculptures.
From the Inuit culture, an inuksuk can be a signpost, a symbol of welcome or peace, a memorial, or simply something of beauty. With stunning photos, information-rich cultural text, and an index. Paperback, 32 pages. Ages 5 and up.
For Small Hands: Roll the dice and start flipping! What a fun and simple way to master addition!
Make number combinations until you turn over all the tiles. Vary or simplify the game for younger children by presenting as a counting or symbol-matching activity (one die or two).
A single player may play alone to better their lowest score. Includes 2 dice, felt-lined wooden box (10" x 6¾"), and basic instructions.
I bought this game for my grandchildren age 11 and 5.
They both really enjoy the game although the 5 yo needs
help some as just getting into addition. The game
is small enough and compact enough that would make
a fun road trip game.