Newborns really don't spend very much time awake.
When Fox is awake, calm and ready to interact with the world I love to monopolise his attention staring into his eyes and telling him how wonderful he is.
But in the short moments when Fox is awake and I have my hands full with some essential task Fox makes himself busy with some other work.
I didn't realise the word "work" could apply to someone so small but it can! When Fox is interacting with these materials he sure is working hard. His gaze is intense. His concentration is forceful. His whole body is engaged in the activity - his legs are pumping, his arms are reaching and stretching. It looks like physically and mentally exhausting work!
He has a black and white crocheted "Eggs and Elephants" mobile which was given to Bear.
I made this black and white pinwheel mobile with paper, some buttons, the lid of a yogurt tub and a hot glue gun. I found a tutorial on pinterest for making the pinwheels. Fox loves the contrast and movement of this one. The pinwheels spin with the slightest movement of the air.
"Yay!! Mobiles are fun!!"
The wall mirror is also good fun. He watches his fists moving around or stares into his own face. It is especially useful for tummy time.
He works for a few minutes then cries out to be cuddled and drift into blissful sleep!
My name is Vicky I am wife to Ranger and mum to two boys - Bear (2) and Fox (8 months). Somehow I stumbled across Montessori and now my goal is to raise and educate my children with a Montessori philosophy in country NSW Australia.