Wow! 6 weeks old! I cannot believe my baby is 6 weeks old already! You know what that means? It is time to move on to the next Montessori Mobile!
The next mobile in the Montessori Mobile Series is the Octahedron Mobile. The Octahedron mobile is for use around 6-16 weeks. It is certainly acceptable to use this mobile for as long as your child shows interest. If your child starts batting or playing with the mobile, it may be time to switch to the Gobbi Mobile, the third mobile in the series.
This mobile utilizes the octahedron shape. The shapes are made out of reflective paper. The paper I used is from Hobby Lobby. You can find this paper at most craft stores. I purchased paper with an adhesive backing. It is certainly up to you what you want to use. The reflective paper helps the infant see the shapes are 3D vs 2D like the Munari Mobile
This Mobile helps your infant with tracking and focus. This helps with the visual cortex. This helps your infant distinguish between colors. The previous mobile in the series was black and white. Your infant will now be discovering colors.
What You Will Need:
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Clear or White string
Hot glue or super glue
3 cutouts of the octahedron stencil
Now Let’s Get Started
You can watch our DYI video or follow the instructions below!
The first thing you’ll want to do is cut out 3 of the octahedron stencils. You’ll need one for each color.
Next, attach the stencils to the back of the reflective paper and cut out the design. We used adhesive paper. If you do not have this, simply glue the stencil to the paper.
Next, fold the paper according to the stencil. Make sure to be as accurate as possible. Failing to make strong creases on the lines will result in the shape being distorted.
Next, glue along the folds to create the shape
Glue the string to the top of each shape
Attach the shapes to the dowel rods according to the reference guide. The sizes of the rod and string can change depending on how large you want your mobile to be.
You will have to move the objects back and forth until you’ve balanced them out properly. This can be frustrating so take your time.
Glue the strings in place.
Hang your mobile about 12 inches above your infant
Enjoy your mobile!
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