Montessori Toys For Babies, Toddlers & Big Kids – Tot Gift Guide

Looking for an educational toy for your little one? Early Learning Educator, Christina Clemer, shares her list of the best Montessori toys for kids of all ages – babies, toddlers, and big kids.

Baby playing with Montessori toys.

Did you know that Montessori is so much more than just a type of school? For some, it’s also a way of life.

The Montessori school philosophy, created by Maria Montessori, focuses on how to best support a child’s independence and learning in preparation for life. A big part of this philosophy centers on creating a beautiful environment full of well-made objects that will spark a child’s desire to learn.

There are many ways for parents and caregivers to create the same environment at home that helps to encourage independence right from the beginning.

 

What are Montessori Toys?

Montessori materials and toys are designed to encourage curiosity and learning in children — and integral part of child development. Educational toys that fall into this category will stimulate a baby or toddler’s senses and allow them to develop their fine motor skills.

Below I’ll go over our recommendations for the top Montessori-friendly toys for babies, toddlers, and big kids.

 

The Best Montessori Toys For Babies

The best Montessori baby toys are simple with a calm aesthetic. They are designed to ignite a baby’s curiosity without overwhelming them.

Here are a few examples:

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The Tot Play & Learn Sets

 

Designed to help your baby reach important developmental milestones, The Tot Play & Learn Sets come with a booklet of activities, advice and tips! They also include six toys that can be played with in a variety of ways!

 

 

Play & Learn Bundle 0-3m

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 0 – 3 Months

 

$120

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 3-6 months

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 3 – 6 Months

 

$120

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 6-12 months

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 6 – 12 Months

 

$120

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 12-18 months

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 12 – 18 Months

 

$150

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Wee Gallery Explore Organic Playmat

 

Playmats are a soft and safe place for babies to practice tummy time or simply play. Made from organic cotton, which is farmed without the use of chemicals like pesticides, the Wee Gallery Explore Organic Playmat takes the educational fun further with high contrast black and white illustrations which will help strengthen your tot’s eyesight.

 

Wee Gallery Safari Explore Playmat

 

Wee Gallery Explore Organic Playmat

 

$89.95

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Lovevery Play Gym

 

Lovevery Play Gym

 

So many activity gyms are completely overstimulating, crowded with different toys and bright colors that overexcite.

The Lovevery Play Gym presents a more calming alternative that grows with your child. It includes everything you need – from batting to teething to learning to focus – for your baby’s first year of play.

The best part: it transitions into a toddler tent!

 

Lovevery Play Gym

 

Lovevery Play Gym

 

Lovevery Play Gym

 

$140

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Montessori Infant Activity Gym 

 

Created by mother and Montessori teacher Zahra Kassam, this kit was specially designed for infants 0-3 months old. The materials in Monti Kids Level 1 nurture your child’s visual skills, motor development, concentration, physical coordination, body awareness, and strength right from birth.

With this gym, you can continue the lessons from the Montessori classroom in your own home. A great bonus? It’s crafted from natural materials, including sustainably forested wood and non-toxic paint.

 

Monti Kids Play Gym with Add-Ons

Monti Kids Level 1 Activity Gym

 

$297

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Dena Rainbow Stackers

 

Made from food-grade silicone, the Dena rainbow stacker does triple time as a stacker, nester and teether. Some may even argue it can be decor! Great for teaching color recognition, counting and patterns, it’s a toy that can go from birth right through childhood!

Dena Large Pastel Rainbow

 

Dena Large Pastel Rainbow

 

$49.99

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Dena Small Rainbow Stacker

 

Dena Neon Rainbow

 

$22.99

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The Best Montessori Toys For Toddlers

When a child hits toddlerhood, they’re in an intense period of gross motor skill and language development, and they feel a need for order in their world. You’ll want to choose toys that will help them to master these new skills.

Here are the top Montessori toys for 1 – 3 year old kids:

Learn more about these gift ideas for preschoolers below.

 

The Tot Play & Learn Sets

 

As your tot gets more advanced, so do The Tot Play & Learn Sets. Now that we’ve mastered milestones like reaching and grasping, it’s time to work on shapes, cause and effects, colors and more!

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 18-24 months

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 18 – 24 Months

 

$120

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 2- 3 years

 

The Tot Play & Learn Sets 2 -3 years

 

$150

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 2- 3 years

The Tot Play & Learn Set 3 – 4 Years

 

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Miniland Eco Nuts & Bolts Set

 

Miniland Nuts and Bolts

 

Fine motor play like the Miniland Eco Nuts & Bolts set is important because it helps strengthen the muscles needed to achieve correct pencil grip, button a coat and zip pants.

Miniland Nuts and Bolts

 

Miniland Eco Nuts & Bolts Set

 

$19.98

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Rock Blocks Building Blocks

 

Rock Blocks Terra Set of 16 FW19

 

Blocks are one of the best gifts you can give a toddler because they encourage creativity, problem solving skills and dexterity and they will play with them for years to come.

These wooden blocks from Rock Blocks are particularly beautiful. They are made from a variety of wood and just the right size for little hands.

Rock Blocks

Rock Blocks Terra Set of 16

 

$64

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Wee Gallery Wooden Stacker – Panda

 

Wee Gallery Wooden Stacker - Panda

 

Both cute and fun, the Wee Gallery Wooden Stacker Panda is a new take on a classic today! Great for encouraging hand-eye coordination and building confidence, your tot will love piecing him together in a variety of ways.

 

Wee Gallery Wooden Stacker - Panda

Wee Gallery Wooden Stacker – Panda

 

$24.95

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Banwood First Go! Balance Bike

 

Banwood Bikes First Go Balance Bike Coral and Sky Lifestyle Image

 

A balance bike challenges toddlers’ coordination and gross motor skills and can be a great way for your budding cyclist to join in on a family ride. You can purchase a helmet here.

 

Banwood Bikes First Go Balance Bike Sky

Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike

 

$189

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Grapat Stacking and Sorting Toys

 

 

Toddlers and kids are fascinated by order and generally love any activity that allows them to create order from chaos.

Color sorting presents just such an opportunity. This beautiful Grapat set encourages toddlers to sort by color and develop their fine motor skills, as well as develop color vocabulary.

Grapat Nins Cups and Coins Stack and Sort Game

Grapat Nins, Cups and Coins Stack & Sort Game

 

$50

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Balu Organics Indoor Ball Pit

 

Balu Organics Medium Ball Pit - Grey

 

The fun thing about the Balu Organic Ball Pit is that it can be used from birth as a soft place to do tummy time, learn to sit up or play. Once strong enough, throw the balls in and that’s where the active and/or imaginative play begins!

Balu Organics Medium Ball Pit - Grey

 

Balu Organics Large Premium Ball Pit w/ 400 Balls

 

$289

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PlanToys Washing Machine

 

Household role play toys like the PlanToys Washing Machine are important because they help children gain life skills and independence! (They also make playing “House” way more realistic!!

PlanToys Washing Machine

 

PlanToys Washing Machine

 

$190

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Milton & Goose Play Kitchen + Food Toys

 

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen White

 

Play kitchen and food toys are one of the best ways to expand a child’s vocabulary, encourage independence and establish healthy eating habits. They’re also a fun way to develop social skills.

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen - Natural

 

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen – Natural

 

$649

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Milton and Goose Veggie Set

 

Milton & Goose Veggies Play Food Set

 

$58

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Franklin + Emily Toddler Tower

 

Franklin + Emily Toddler Tower

 

Once your tot is ready to take on a real kitchen, having the Franklin + Emily Toddler Tower on hand will be just the thing they need to help you wash fruit, vegetables or stir a delicious bowl of cookie dough!

 

 

Franklin + Emily Toddler Tower

 

Franklin + Emily Toddler Tower

 

$185

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The Best Montessori Toys For Kids Aged 4 Years+

Montessori-friendly toys for young children should encourage creativity and exploration while helping them to learn about the real world and how to engage in it.

Here are our top Montessori picks for your growing child:

Shop these toys below.

 

 

The Tot Play & Learn Sets

 

From the age of four, many kids are at preschool or gearing up for a more formal education.

As an advocate of play-based learning, I worked with The Tot to create these play and learn sets fro 4 to 6 year olds. Designed with a focus on developing literacy, numeracy, science and life skills, they come with a booklet packed with activities, advice and tips!

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 4- 5 years

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 4 – 5 Years

 

$150

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 5 - 6 years

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 5 – 6 Years

 

$100

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Make Me Iconic Role Play Sets

 

Make Me Iconic Dentist Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Role Play sets are made from high quality wood and child-safe paints. Sure to be heirloom toys passed on from generation to generation, your children will love learning about their bodies, health and empathy!

 

Make Me Iconic Surgeon/Pharmacist Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Surgeon/Pharmacist Kit

 

$64.99

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Make Me Iconic Dentist Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Dentist Kit

 

$64.99

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Make Me Iconic Doctor Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Doctor Kit

 

$64.99

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Make Me Iconic Doll Accessories

 

Make Me Iconic Doll Accessories Kit

 

$79.99

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Wobbel Balance Board

 

The Wobbel - with felt

 

The Wobbel gives children an outlet for their boundless energy even on the coldest winter days. Not only is it fun, but it also helps children develop balance and strong muscles.This versatile wooden toy is great for babies and toddlers too!

Wobbel Original Board

 

Wobbel The Original

 

$149

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Lovevery Play Gym

Wobbel Original with Felt

 

$189

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Kid Made Modern Craft Library

 

While it may not look as cute as a perfectly planned Pinterest activity, creating a work of art from open-ended art supplies gives children an entirely different experience. Let your kid lead the way with this set of materials that will inspire creativity and hours of child-led art exploration.

Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Library

Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Library

 

$39.99

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Twee Sidewalk Chalk

 

Take the fun outside with Twee Sidewalk Chalk! From creating a hopscotch course to free-styling a masterpiece to writing a welcome home message to Mom, kids will love the uniquely shaped chalk!

Twee Dragon Egg and Scales Sidewalk Chalk

 

Twee Dragon Egg and Scales Sidewalk Chalk

 

$45

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Dough Parlour Non-Toxic Scented Play Dough 

 

Dough Parlour Garden Set

 

Handmade in small batches, Dough Parlour’s non-toxic scented play dough is the ultimate sensory experience for kids! Available in a range of sets and scents, it’s both a calming and creative activity.

Dough Parlour 3 Pack Set - Fruit

 

Dough Parlour Citrus Set – 3 Pack

 

$22

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Dough Parlour 3 Pack Set - Fruit

 

Dough Parlour Fruit Set – 3 Pack

 

$22

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Dough Parlour Collectors Set

 

Dough Parlour Collector Set

 

$80

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Babai Play Tent

 

Children love hideaways — a cozy nook that’s just for them. This teepee makes a perfect spot to keep a few beautiful picture books that encourage a love of reading.

 

Babai Play Tent Beige

Babai Play Tent

 

$129.99

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Modular Robotics Sets

 

Montessori is all about hands-on learning and this robotics discovery set lets children experience just that. It encourages problem solving and critical thinking while providing a foundation for basic coding skills.

 

Modular Robotics Discovery Set

Modular Robotics Discovery Set

 

$139.95

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Modular Robotics Curiosity Set in box

Modular Robotics Curiosity Set

 

$249

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BabyNoise Instruments

 

Musical play is important for developing rhythm and coordination. It can also be calming, empowering and all sorts of fun! I love these sets from BabyNoise because they’re made of child-safe wood and non-toxic finishes.

Baby Noise Band In a Bag - All instruments

BabyNoise Musical Trio Set

 

$75

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Babynoise Hand Held Drum

 

BabyNoise Hand Held Drum

 

$32

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BabyNoise Rattan Double Maraca

BabyNoise Rattan Double Maraca

 

$32

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