DIY Octahedron Mobile – At Home Montessori Education

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!

Octahedron Mobile
DIY Octahedron 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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Reflective paper

Dowel Rods

Clear or White string

Scissors

Hot glue or super glue

3 cutouts of the octahedron stencil

Picture reference

Octahedron Mobile DIY

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

DONE!

Enjoy your mobile!

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Montessori Munari Mobile For 3-6 Weeks

The Munari Mobile is one of the 4 mobiles in the Montessori Mobile set. this beautiful set i66155899_10157541831624674_1976403491303718912_ns black and white. This is because your newborn cannot distinguish colors. The black and white contrasting colors help your 3-6 week old develop focus. This helps your child develop tracking. Due to the black and white color, this mobile is not overly stimulating. It is the perfect mobile to start off your newborn with Montessori education. This mobile is beautiful and can be expensive. I decided to save money and make my own. Here you can find the steps I used to make this mobile. This saved me about $30 in the end. Of course,  you can always purchase this mobile online if you would like.

A Few Tips:

Place about 12 inches above your child

Place in an area where there is not a lot of air movement/wind

DIY Tutorial:

Munari Cutouts: Click HERE for my free downloadable

Munari Instructions: Click HERE for my free downloadable

Click HERE for more of my FREE Montessori resources

Watch My DIY Video:

You will need:

My cutouts

  • A Glass christmas orniment
  • 1/4 inch wooden dowels (see size guide for lengths)
  • Clear fishing line
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • laminator or foam boards
  • glue
  • hooks / ring to hang with
Montessori Munari Mobile Sizes
Montessori Munari Mobile Sizes

 
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