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  • Writer's pictureRebekah Carpenter

SHOPPING GUIDE: for small hands Fall/Holiday 2022

Every year, For Small Hands holds a promotion where families can purchase from them to benefit a school. If you place an order between $25 and $500, Happy Holler Circle earns 10% of the merchandise total as a credit voucher!

When I am looking for something specific for the classroom or for families to use at home, this is often the first place I look. I feel comfortable and confident recommending them to you. However, I don't always purchase here. Sometimes the same item is cheaper somewhere else, and I am a frugal gal at heart. (Fun fact: My first blogging experience was about a Buy Nothing Year I did post college.) So please, do not buy anything you wouldn't purchase already, and shop around! But if you do shop from For Small Hands, please use my link so I can benefit from your spending. :)

If you go to their website from this link, it automatically knows you want to support this program. If for any reason that does not work, when you go to check out, step #4 is "School Credit Promotion (Optional)". You can either enter the code for Happy Holler Circle, which is 628475, or enter Knoxville in the search bar and choose from those options.

I would never ask you to buy things I do not actually recommend, so I wanted to make a list of items that I either have used or are on my wish list! In no particular order, here are 15 For Small Hands items I wanted to bring to your attention:

1. Stools are really common in Montessori spaces because we want children to be able to reach everything. This white folding step-stool is great for tiny spaces. It folds flat to about 1 1/4" thick, and it has a carrying handle built into the top. It also holds up to 300 lbs, and feels really sturdy. I have seen this get heavy use in a classroom and still hold strong.

2. The artful skwish is a fascinating for very young babies up through young toddlers. The design of the cord and wood makes it easy to hold, and it is one of the first objects babies are capable of manipulating independently. I am a huge fan of it.

3. The pop-up toy is one of the next items on my list to buy for the classroom! It is fun for children from around one year old, when they start to become interested in putting one object inside of another one. I've even watched parents play with this one. There is a little spring in the bottom that makes the figures POP out if you them press hard, and I have watched a room full of children do this together and giggle.

4. This glass pitcher is a staple in Montessori classrooms. It holds about 16 oz, and it is a sturdy and wonderful option for children learning to pour their own drinks. It also cleans easily and is dishwasher-safe!