The Montessori ball é a kind of object that I used to be curious about when I was a kid. I remember seeing a few kids playing around with it, but never understood the reason for its shape why it does what it does.
A few days ago I saw it again, three circles that together turn into a ball made of fabric, and my immediate thought was "I'm not good with sewing, but maybe I could make one out of crochet!". And with this idea in my head, I went through some of my crochet books and search on the basic shapes on how to create a triangle pyramid and how could I bind them to make the circles.
And this is how I set myself a Sunday challenge!
Unfortunately, it took me more than a day to make this project. My stuffing bag was lost somewhere in the attic and it was too dark to get it when I finished all the pieces. But if you are committed enough and don't have much to do around the house, just go for it!
One important thing about trying to complete these daily challenges: never forget to take small breaks to rest the hands, arms and shoulders; and it's always advised to make a few stretching exercises, just to keep those arms and back muscles healthy.
Before this ball, there was the Montessori Method, named before its creator Maria Montessori, Italian teacher and doctor (1870-1952). She dedicated her life to creating objects that would stimulate children's senses.
This ball was designed to grab the baby's attention by hanging it on top of the crib, in a height where they can touch it and kick it while they're still not able to walk. Kicking the ball makes them move their legs, exercise their muscles and become more aware of their capability to locomote.
With time, they will get strong enough to dismount the ball into 3 circles/rings, allowing them to explore its colors, the texture and even the willingness to try and put it back together.
For me, it just became my favorite anti-stress ball and I'm already thinking about making a few more to have around at the office.