By Mama May i
These little cuties are sure to inspire your little one to play, match, size, sort, and invent games to learn by. Having three different sized apples lends itself to a myriad of learning opportunities built-in to play. My little ones invented a game using the Buckets and Rainbow Roller (both add-ons). They take turns rolling to see which color to collect from the bucket. They get so excited when they are able to "block" one another from collecting ALL of something (small, medium, large, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). Then my older one counts them to determine whose pile is greater than, less than or equal to -- she categorizes and reevaluates her calculations based on different characteristics. She even went so far as to graph their game on occasion! She takes gaming very seriously :)
Each Sort Apples comes with 18 apples; 3 of each color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple; one of each size per color: small, medium, large. The smallest apple is definitely miniature at 1/2" diameter and 1/2" tall diameter. The medium apple is approximately 3/4" diameter and 7/8" tall. The biggest apple is approximately 1 and 3/8" diameter and 1and 1/4" tall. Each apple has been painted using a soy based wash and coated in beeswax and jojoba oil to seal the color and protect the wood.
Due to the size of these apples they are recommended for children 3+ as they could pose a choking hazard, especially for mouthy-explorers.
Color Sorting Buckets can be found here
Rainbow Roller can be found here
All of my creations were made with your little one in mind. Each piece was designed to nurture child development through open-ended play. These pieces can be used to broaden your little one's understanding and knowledge of our world and were created as early educational toys. I am inspired by the teachings of Montessori; the natural beauty of Waldorf; and incorporate a myriad of other learning-through-play philosophies when I design. It makes me smile to see my made-with-love pieces being toted for use as preschool toys and in natural play settings. Thank you for helping me support little minds, bodies, and imaginations through engaging, hands-on play and discovery.
Sensory Based Learning
Mama May i believes little ones make sense of their world through sensing our world. That's why you will find all of our designs offer a variety of tactile learning-through-play opportunities. We use a myriad of different textures and surfaces intertwined to make the most of every little play-and-learn time you share.
Kid Tested, Mama Approved
My own little ones have the wonderfully engaging job of "product testers". They are my inspiration for new products as well as my initial testing market. I don't add things to the product line that aren't played with and loved first at home.
Making Mama Earth Smile
Mama May i strives to reduce the impact of our products on the environment and your little one. We avoid the use of harsh chemicals and varnishes and instead, use plant based pigments, and organic beeswax to finish our wooden playthings. We use mostly untreated Poplar, Maple, and Oak that is locally sourced. We know how important your little one's safety is and we won't sell anything we wouldn't let our own little ones enjoy.