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Mama May I {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

When I was going to school for my degree, I took a Theories of Child Development course where we discussed Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development,  and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  I loved the course and the different schools of thought, and one of the theorists’ ideas rang true with me from the beginning:  Maria Montessori.  Montessori’s theory of child development stresses independence, working with materials to construct learning, and creating a prepared environment conducive to that learning.

I loved Montessori’s ideas then, but I have especially been drawn to her theories since having my own children.  I love the materials and “works” that she suggests, and I’ve tried to think of those ideas as I purchase activities and toys for my boys to use.  I’ve discovered some amazing blogs over the past couple of years that give suggestions for implementing these Montessori theories at home, and I’ve loved using them for both of our boys.

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When I found the Mama May I shop, I was in heaven!  These handmade learning toys are based on the theories of both Montessori and Waldorf — they are perfect for open-ended play and learning, and the shop has something for all ages.

“Inspired by these little explorers, and her understanding of Montessori and Waldorf methodologies, Jessica Perkins [founder and principal designer] began making all of her creations with the belief that children make sense of their world through sensing their world. After years of making, creating, and gifting her creations to friends and family, Jessica decided to start selling her goodies. Since the launch of Mama May I in 2009, Jessica’s passion for artistic expression through toys has blossomed into a business supported by mama’s and papa’s all over the world.”

Here are a few of my favorites from Mama May I, along with the description for ways the activity can be used for play and learning:

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For babies, the Tiny Tickler!  “A great way to introduce parts-of-the-body vocabulary and directions like top, bottom, left, and right all while building a healthy sense of ego and engaging her desire to play.”

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For toddlers, the Sensory Color Sorting Playset is a great activity to distinguish between different colors and textures.  It includes wooden coins with the name of each color, ribbon, paper, felt, buttons, rocks, and paint swatches to match to the right color on the mat.  It’s also a great activity for objects you have around the house!

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For preschoolers, the Flip Mat!  We received this transportation set from Mama May I, and I LOVE it!  I was so impressed with the quality of the fabric material, and the wooden coins are thick and smooth.  Both of my boys played with this together, and I loved that we could just roll it all up together and stick it in my bag for on-the-go play.  There’s also a farm play mat, a market play mat, and a zoo play mat that caught my eye.

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For big kids, the Story Starters is a great learning activity to combine literacy and fun!  “A beautiful collection of hand stamped images inspire the Who. What. When. and Where. While you and your story maker share in the delight of creating the WHY.”

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 These Make-a-Match wooden coins is one of my absolute favorites, as it is small and portable and can be used by ALL ages.  These are also thick and smooth (like the ones for our play mat), and they can be used for fun open-ended play or to play a matching memory game.

Mama May I is offering two sets of these Make-a-Match wooden coins to TWO Dandy readers!  There are a variety of choices for these sets, to include space (shown above), forest friends, dinosaur, transportation, vegetable, Philadelphia, farm, zoo, space, beach, nature, fruit, and monster!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 2nd and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Mama May I, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Comments

  1. Very difficult to pick a favourite! The crayon pouches and the hand streamers are very nice!

  2. I like the crayon wallets…great for church!

  3. kelly thompson says:

    I love the colored cups and balls

  4. I also like the colored cups and balls…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  5. amanda wheelus says:

    i love the fidget in groovy!!

  6. Colored Cups and Balls Playset

  7. I love the Colored Cups and Balls Playset!

  8. Classic Ball and Cup Dexterity Game
    is neat!

  9. Rainbow Fish Frolic is my favorite.

  10. domestic diva says:

    I like the fidget.

  11. I like the balance balls.

  12. Megan Lathrop says:

    While I love pretty much everything in the shop, one of my faves is the Rainbow Village houses. So cute!

  13. christy i says:

    I love the sensory color sorting playset!

  14. I have always loved the fiddle fabs… fabulous for someone who can’t sew!!!

  15. Caroline B says:

    I really like the Family Box.

  16. I like the rainbow skittles

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