Octahedron — The second Montessori mobile

Harder to make, but very rewarding

Carlotta Cerri

I want to show you the Montessori mobiles because they helped me greatly: with both my children they allowed me to have a few minutes to myself and helped teach them concentration and independence from an early age.

I have to admit that when I decided to make the Montessori mobiles myself, I procrastinated quite a bit before starting: all the tutorials I found online were either too approximative or too complicated—side B has to be double side A and three times side C—but I then remembered a very important mantra:


So I forgot about all the strict rules and used a bit of that creativity that all my young students really like. Oliver and Emily loved their Montessori mobiles, they could spend several minutes looking at them while lying on their mat alone in their room while I could have a quick shower, dress, clean, cook, work…


These are the Montessori mobiles in order (and when to present them to the child):

  • Munari 0-6 weeks
  • Octahedron 6-8 (or 5-8) weeks
  • Gobbi 7-10 weeks
  • Dancers 8-12 weeks

It's presented around 5-6 weeks, when the baby begins to distinguish colors. Unlike the previous one with black and white flat shapes (Munari), this mobile plays on volume and primary colors (red, yellow and blue).

Oliver and Emily loved it and, although in my opinion not as much as the Munari, they spend a long time looking at it (talking about minutes, please don't compare your children to mine).

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