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!


  1. If you try it or find something better, please post about. My son runs from vacuums, but I think he'd love to operate one. He likes using the dust buster.

  2. I used the yellow version of this in my 6 to 9 classroom for two years. The children called it Mr. Sucky. It does require someone to empty and clean the filter. The older children were able to manage it without difficulty. The 6 year olds - not so much. If I were purchasing for a 3 to 6 room (I never had carpet in my Casa room) this would meet my needs well - short handle, light weight, long cord, and easy clean-up.