Montessori Toys For Babies, Toddlers & Big Kids – Tot Gift Guide
Choose gifts that will spark a child’s curiosity and encourage learning all year long.
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 we’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 our top picks for Montessori baby gifts:
- Lovevery Play Gym
- Montessori Infant Activity Gym
- Hand-crocheted rattle set
- PlanToys Stacking Ring
- Wooden Story Shape Sorter
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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.
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.
These hand-crocheted rattles make a soft sound that is interesting, but not overwhelming, for babies. They also present a great opportunity to introduce new vocabulary.
Babies will love the calming colors of this stacker. It also presents just the right level of challenge for an older baby. Great for encouraging hand-eye coordination, little ones can stack and unstack as well as practice counting and learning the names of colors.
While there is a real trend for multitasking toys, it’s important to remember that the simplest toys are often the best, especially for our tiniest tots. This shape sorter is made from sustainable wood and encourages hand-eye coordination, sensory stimulation, and vocabulary.
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:
- Building blocks
- Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike
- Baghera Ride-on Metal Car
- Petit Collage Beginner Puzzle
- Grapat Stacking and Sorting Toys
- Clover & Birch Peg Puzzle
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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 are particularly beautiful. They are made from a variety of wood and just the right size for little hands.
Ride-on toys are a perennial toddler hit, as they invite pretend play as well as provide an outlet for all of that toddler energy. You won’t find a ride-on toy more beautiful than the Speedster Rosalie Citroen, which is made from high quality metal and rubber rather than plastic.
Part of the magic of Montessori is matching a child with an activity that offers just the right level of challenge, and these puzzles allow you to do just that. The construction puzzle set comes with a 3, 4, 5, and 6-piece puzzle so that you can increase the level of difficulty for your tot once they’re ready.
Toddlers 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.
This peg puzzle toy is another way for your child to enhance their sense of order as they sort by size, and it is also excellent for fine motor development and hand-eye coordination.
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:
- Activity sets, including baking sets, tool sets, and botanist sets
- Wobbel Wooden Balance Board
- Baghera Kids Wagon
- Kid Made Modern Craft Library
- E&E Teepee
- Modular Robotics Discovery Set
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Whether it’s baking, woodworking, or botany that your child loves, providing them with well-made, age-appropriate tools allows them to develop useful skills while also meeting their strong desire to be just like you.
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!
Children love to transport things, which makes this wagon a great gift for any child. It can be used to help with yard work (which young children find surprisingly fun!) or simply in creative play.
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.
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.
- Interested in learning more about the Montessori Method? Check out The Best Montessori Toys That Grow With Your Child.
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