One of the popular Montessori inspired infant puzzle is the Object Permanence Box. It is usually introduced when the infant is around 6-8 months old. The aim of it is to help infants understand the concept of permanence which means that even if an object disappears for a few seconds from our view, it continues to exist! Putting the small ball in the hole is also a wonderful practice of control release!
I presented the object Permanence Box to Dany when he was about 7 months old but he didn’t show any interest back then so I took it away from his shelves and waited some time before introducing it again. No rush.
The second time around was right and I remember him being 10 months old. After a quick presentation of the Object Permanence box, he was so attracted by it and really curious to try it out himself. The first thing he went toward was the small golf ball of course. It was just the right size for his little hands so not big or small enough to be a choking hazard! He was delighted to place the ball into the small opening and to watch it reappear in the tray. His curiosity, focus, determination, and inventiveness were amazing to watch!
My children used to have an object permanence box made of cardboard but it wasn’t study enough. My almost 3 years old, Anya, still gets a lot out of an object permanence box so it didn’t survived to 2 young children using it! HA! My husband then made one of wood for Dany and Anya to play with. The object permanence box came out beautiful and has been used ever since.
That’s all for today! Did you also introduce an object permanence box to your infant? How did s/he like it?