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#Montessori: Flockmen

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Montessori | Posted on 09-03-2016

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Where better place to start my new series on Montessori Play than with the gorgeous Flockmen.

I first discovered Flockmen on Instagram. I think it was a regram from someone I follow, and I remember thinking how versatile they looked, and how gorgeous they were. I contacted them to see if they were interested in working together, and was thrilled when they said they would send me a set to review. With an almost 2 year old and a 5 and a half year old in the house I saw a wealth of play possibilities, and was interested to see how each child would play with them.
Flockmen-CollageWell we’ve been making shapes, building armies, doing basic counting and math, and they’ve even been on a bus trip. We’ve had towers of Flockmen, rows of Flockmen, and even Flockmen playing with Happyland and being attacked by dinosaurs. They’ve been rather busy.

For me Flockmen are what Montessori is all about. A basic tactile object that provides endless play and learning activities. At just a few inches tall these little wooden figures have been used in a huge number of ways in our house in the last few weeks, and I’m sure there’s a huge number of other ways yet to be discovered.

I spend a lot of time on Instagram and if you search for Flockmen on there you’ll find them being used to build gravity defying structures, climbing trees, getting used in art and crafts, and even helping themselves to some cake. I am hugely inspired by what I’ve seen, but I’m also keen to let my children decide how they want to play with them, and to see what they can come up with themselves.

Flockmen arrive in a lovely hessian bag, and come in a choice of two sets – 16 or 32. For me there is no contest – I’d go for the bigger set every time as the play options are just endless. Prices start at just £19.99 for the toy that will truly last a lifetime, but if you take a peek in my sidebar, and on my Instagram, you might just find a discount code…

There’ll be more from Flockmen and the team behind them soon, with a few guest posts planned. Keep your eyes peeled!

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