10 Montessori-Inspired Toys Your Toddler Won’t Get Bored With
Toys that help your toddler meet his developmental needs will keep him coming back again and again.
When thinking about what to gift your toddler this year, try thinking the about how your toddler will use the toy over the next year, or even two.
The toys that stand the test of time for toddlers are those that meet their developmental needs. These Montessori-inspired toys are super fun, but also align with your tot’s inner drive to develop physically and mentally.
Gross motor toys
Toddlers have endless amounts of energy so toys that encourage them to develop their muscles and coordinate their movements are a great option.
A balance bike is a great way for toddlers to gain the coordination needed for a real bicycle, and this one couldn’t be more beautiful.
As the weather grows colder, it is priceless to have indoor gross motor options like the a slide for your toddler to help him use his abundant energy and meet his need for big movement when it’s just too cold outside.
Fine motor toys
These toys help toddlers exercise the muscles of their hands, preparing them for more precise movements like writing with a pencil. Puzzles are also great for developing problem solving skills.
This dino puzzle helps to develop hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, memory and concentration. Once your little one has mastered placing each dinosaur back into its correct spot, they can also use them to practice stacking and building.
Once your toddler has mastered knob puzzles, they are ready for the challenge of a simple jigsaw. This My First Touch & Feel Puzzle set is ideal because the four puzzles vary in shape and size, allowing them to practice their skills.
This Shapes memory game is a wonderful gift because it truly grows with your child. A young baby will enjoy looking at the black and white shapes, a young toddler can learn different shapes while an older toddler can practice matching the pictures, and then can move on to the greater challenge of playing the actual game. The varying levels of challenge keeps this toy interesting for years.
Toddlers love to help around the house. Whether it’s helping you to vacuum, sweep, sort clothes or stack the dishwasher, they will be hot on your heels trying to lend a hand. Play kitchens can be a great way to start teaching your tot how things work.
Cooking with your child is not only fun, but can truly help solve the daily struggle of getting dinner on the table. A toddler who is happily engaged helping you mix and chop won’t be hanging on your legs begging you to play. This cooking set by My Little Shop UK is the perfect gift for budding chefs.
Toddlers won’t get bored with toys that let them use their creativity because their experience will be different every time.
The natural materials of these blocks make them an excellent choice to help your child explore their creative side.
A xylophone makes a great rainy day toy. Bring this out whenever your child seems antsy at home and enjoy discovering rhythm together.
The multi-purpose nature of this easel allows your toddler to comfortably create for years. The easel features a magnetic dry erase whiteboard on one side and chalkboard on the other.
You can trust that any of these toys will light up your child’s face when she first sees it, as well as engage her for many hours in the months and years to come.