Mamas & Babies
By Mama May i
This time of year my little ones are always on the look out for babies – not just human babies (infants), but any cute, little, sweet, adorable, natural animal baby they can spot. At the zoo, at the pond, at the park…wherever we adventure, they are smitten with interest over pint-sized furry (or feathery) friends. There is something whimsical about coming across these creatures…something magical. Recognizing what the animals are; knowing the sound they make; and learning what their baby is called is fun, interesting, and always leads to more conversation and discovery. Did you know a kit is just a young skunk? Did you know that both a cow and a giraffe baby are called “calf”? Monkeys have infants, just like we do! A fawn is a baby deer
Inspire your little biologist’s natural curiosity with these adorable animal pairs while enhancing observation skills and building vocabulary. The “mamas” are on bigger disks so they look and feel different. When playing a matching game, even the littlest explorers can sense the size difference and make a pair – one big, one small. Emergent readers will begin to notice letter shapes and groupings; Older explorers will recognize animal names; while younger zoologists can chime in with an audible animal sounds.
Each set comes with 18 animal pairs (36 disks in total). There are 18 coins that measure approximately 2” in diameter and 18 coins that measure 1.5” in diameter. Each image was originally hand-drawn and then hand stamped onto the wooden disks with archival black ink. The set comes in a muslin pouch for easy cleanup and tote-ability.
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.