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What constitutes a misuse of materials by an infant?

Infant with light blue shirt and black hair looking at the camera

I've been doing a few Montessori activities with my son C. since he was born. He's now nine and a half months old. Here's a question I've been wondering about for a while.

When I present an activity, C. has very little interest in copying me and doing the intended activity. I know that sometimes it's appropriate for the child to use the materials in his own way, but other times it indicates that he is not ready for the activity and I should just put it away. But how do I tell the difference?

When I presented the "putting spoons in a bowl" activity, C. picked up the spoons and put them in his mouth, and taped them together, both of which I thought were probably ok. But then he took a spoon in each hand and started crawling away (he loves to crawl while holding things). I decided that was not a good idea, because he wasn't using the materials in any investigative way, so I took the spoons away from him and he was really mad.

Do you have any tips on this for the infant stage?

I, too, asked myself this question, over and over and over again when my son was an infant! Especially since I had an infant with Down syndrome!

What I advise for the infant (and tot and toddler ages) is... Keep reading at my sister blog, Montessori for the Earth!  

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