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Object Permanence Box | Montessori | 8 - 12 months - Alder & Alouette

Montessori Object Permanence Box, Artisan-Made European Birch Infant Toy | Educational Toy

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This is the classic Montessori Object Permanence Box to aid fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, object permanence and cognitive development for babies between 8 to 12 months.

Our permanence box is an educational toy that has been built by hand by artisans in Italy, who also happen to be dads.  It’s extremely well made from safe, high-quality European Birch and Beechwood to meet and exceed European safety standards for a child’s toy. No low-quality plywood with toxic glues or toxic paints and finishes to worry about. 


If you’ve ever raised a baby, you know there is a period in their development when they think that if they can’t see you, then you aren’t there. Hence, the classic game of peek-a-boo being so fun for them! It’s a surprise every time you “reappear!”

For our little one, she also thought that if she couldn’t see us because she leaned over towards the floor and put her face in her hands, then we couldn’t see her and she was “hiding,” only to pop up with a big, beautiful smile so we could see her “reappear” and surprise us! 

An Object Permanence Box helps babies understand that just because they can’t see something, it still exists! 

Here‘s a link to a Montessori YouTube video showing the object permanence box in action at 8 months, 10 months and 12 months. (We are not associated with the YouTube video makers. We just thought it was a helpful demonstration. :)

We looked at several similar boxes from different brands and we chose this one to carry because this Object Permanence Box is handcrafted in Italy by woodcraft artisans from high-quality European Birch Plywood and Beechwood. No cheap plywood with toxic glues to worry about! Our permanence box is 100% child-friendly and child-safe!

It is so safe, it passes the stringent requirements for European toys, which is higher than standards in the USA and other parts of the world.


  • Object Permanence Box
  • European Birch and Beechwood
  • Approximately 9.5” x 4” x 4”(24x11x9.5 cm)
  • Approximately 2” (5 cm) wooden ball
  • 1.29 pounds
  • Recommended age 8 to 12 months
  • Made in Milano, Italy