Sticks and Stones
By Mama May i
What better way to approach a problem than with some tools? Sticks & Stones is a great open-ended task in differentiation and creative play. These colorful items leave a lot of room for creative exploration. Create a modern work of art by arranging the items on a blank table canvas. Center the sticks in a pile with a stone border and pretend you are making a rainbow campfire. Try to balance the sticks with stones on top. Match the colors. Line them up in rainbow order, from smallest to biggest – and try again from biggest to smallest. Which one feels the heaviest? Which one weighs the least? Which items is the tallest? Is it easier to balance a stone on the tallest stick or shortest stick? Which size stone balances most easily on a stick? Differentiation skills are important for practical, everyday life; early reading; and are just plain fun to figure out. There are so many open-ended ways to use this set. Tap the sticks on a table creating a musical composition in different tones. Let your little detective investigate the many ways to play and learn with this colorful learning toy.
Each item has been colored with a nontoxic watercolor wash and lightly sealed with beeswax.
The smallest stone measures only 1” in diameter
The largest stone measures 3” in diameter
Each stick is approximately ¾” in diameter and the edges are softly sanded.
The smallest stick measures 3” long
The longest stick measures 8” long
These differentiation puzzles are somewhat self-correcting. If you have them in the proper order, by the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, they are in the correct size order from Smallest → Biggest.
As with all of the toys in the Rainbow Series, this set is not intended for little ones who still mouth things and is not meant to get wet. This set has small pieces and could pose a choking hazard risk. As with all toys, supervision is advised.
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.