Sunday, May 30, 2010

Montessori Vacuum Cleaners for Preschoolers and Toddlers

What a post, huh? Vacuums? I'm kind of obsessed with the idea of a child-sized vacuum that actually cleans the floors.

Ryann LOVES to vacuum. LOVES IT. She would vacuum all day if you let her, and I would let her, except my vacuum just isn't made for shorties. It does that horribly annoying thing where as she's using it the front lifts off the ground but then after you set it to its "under the bed" setting she moves it just so and it clicks back up again. If you have kids, you totally know what I'm talking about!

I have yet to find a vacuum that is made for kids and actually works like a vacuum that people would clean their houses with. There are a wide variety of stick and battery operated vacuums that are smaller than average. But those suck. They're flimsy and don't actually work and are often hard to use. Fortunately, there are a few vacuums that are small, lightweight and/or feature a telescoping handle.

Like this one:

There is a yellow version of this at my local Target and I'm so very close to just picking it up. I need a new vacuum. It's a Montessori activity. Ryann will love it. It's cheap. Presumably my house will be cleaner. But it gets some horrible reviews on Amazon.

Is there a better option? I haven't found one, but then again I haven't been looking for very long. Any other Montessori mamas or directors have any experience? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Time moves so fast!

Has it really been over a month since my last post? Amazing how it doesn't seem like any time at all. I won't fill this post with excuses of why I've been gone. Of course we've been busy, life is crazy, etc. I'm just posting to say that I will be posting more again as soon as I can think of something to post about ;)