I have started looking around for Christmas gifts for my chlildren. I came across this awesome junior labyrinth (for Otis 5yrs) and it got me thinking about other, similar toys. I am sure these are great for building concentration, developing hand-eye coordination, and visual perception. They would also be fun to use with family or friends.
Many of these would be well suited to a Montessori environment, gross motor area or toddler area!
I love this quote from MontessoriReStore. "The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back out again into the world . The simplicity engages the right side of the brain allowing intuition, creativity and imagery to form a meditative exercise to reconnect you with your center. It has been found to enhance wellness, express emotions and create a sense of well-being for centuries. Use a personal labyrinth to center a child between tasks or just when the child needs a moment of reflection."
1. Wooden Finger Labyrinth - MontessoriReStore on Etsy
2. Handheld Wooden Marble Mazes - FromJennier on Etsy
3. Wooden Turtle Labyrinth Maze - ShalinIndia
4. Magnetic Maze Racing Game - Lakeshore Learning
5. Magnet Express - Anatex
6. Junior Labyrinth - Child.com.au (Australia)
7. Maze Balancing Board - Child.com.au (Australia)
8. Labyrinth - BRIO
9. Marble Maze Children's Balance Board - Guidecraft.