100+ Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and Toddlers

www.ageofmontessori.com 100+ Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and ToddlersLooking for some great gift ideas for those infants and toddlers on your holiday list? Montessori-friendly toys can be just as educational as they are fun. Just a note, I acknowledge that there is not really such a thing as a Montessori “toy.” These “Montessori-friendly toys” are recommended by parents and teachers who use Montessori principles at home. Check out all these fabulous, fun, and educational Montessori-friendly toys, books, materials, music, and more!

Montessori-friendly Toys

First up, Living Montessori Now’s Deb Chitwood brings us her Best Gifts for Kids: Montessori-Friendly Baby and Toddler Toys. This post is an amazing collection of beautiful toys made of wood and other natural materials. As Deb says, “You won’t find easily breakable, battery-operated toys here … just beautiful, natural toys that encourage happy play and optimal mind- and body development.”

100+ Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and Toddlers

Yuliya Fruman of Welcome to Mommyhood shares two fantastic blogs, Holiday gift guide: for young toddlers (12-24 months) and The Ultimate Toddler Gift Guide. “We go for sturdy, wooden toys that also serve an educational purpose. Toys should be fun, for sure, but that doesn’t mean that learning doesn’t happen while little ones play!” says Yuliya.100+ Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and Toddlers

Renae Eddy from Every Star is Different has compiled this wonderful list of “100% Montessori-inspired” gifts. In this helpful post, Montessori-inspired Gift Ideas for Tots & Preschoolers, Renae groups her gift ideas into ten categories: Language, Math, Botany, Science, Zoology, Geography, Art, Music, Practical Life, and Sensorial. Check it out!

Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and Toddlers

Anastasia Rehbein of Montessori Nature lists many absolutely beautiful toy and gift ideas in her blog post, Gift Guide for baby, toddler and preschooler.  As Anastasia says, “Educational toys are so crazy fun for kids to play with. They usually last a lot longer too. Montessori and Montessori friendly toys are great for all children and all ages.”

Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and Toddlers

Books

I’ve always loved to both give and receive books. Living Montessori Now has shared this excellent post, Montessori-Friendly Books for Babies {Gift Guide} with tons of great suggestions for books.

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Also, Kristi Gooddine of Montessori Blogger Network recommends Shine-a-light Books because they are “very interactive and you learn cool facts as well.”

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Or, how about the rather awesome gift of being able to read those books? Did you know that Age of Montessori has an all-inclusive, interactive, highly-effective DVD-plus learning tools, Early Reading Program called the Royal Road to Reading? Royal Road to Reading is the world’s top solution to prepare your child for early reading readiness, AND it is currently available at a special price! (For a limited time only.)

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Music

And don’t forget music! Carolyn Lucento of the Magical Movement Company reminds us, “Toddlers can’t resist musical instruments. I always provide the ones that require using 2 hands to keep these little ones active and engaged.” She recommends SHORT rhythm sticks, as seen in this post: Montessori Style Music: Let’s Play Rhythm Sticks!

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Building Materials

Tim Seldin of The Montessori Foundation says, “Among my favorites were a kind of construction brick that came before Legos really more designed to build model houses. I’m also quite fond of anything that helps children learn scale model carpentry. For example there’s a company called www.hands4building.com.”78480842

You!

Sometimes, the greatest gift we can give our children is good parenting. Don’t we all wish there was a great manual for perfect parenting? How do we equip ourselves to support the incredible burst of development that happens in the first three years of life? When a parent understands the child’s cycles of development, everything is so much easier.

Sign up for Age of Montessori’s information rich webinar, Raising Your Infant or Toddler the Montessori Way, and give yourself the gift of understanding. Experience your child’s miraculous growth with awareness and joy! This webinar is live on Thursday, November 19, 2015. (If you can’t make the live webinar, a recorded session will be available.)

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12 Responses to 100+ Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and Toddlers

  1. Yuliya 2015/11/12 at 7:04 PM #

    Wow! What a wonderful collection! Thank you so much for also including my guides in this round up!

    Pinned & scheduled to fb 🙂

    • emilyj 2015/11/13 at 12:36 AM #

      Thank you, Yuliya, for putting your awesome collection together, excellent ideas!

  2. Renae 2015/11/14 at 5:57 PM #

    What a fabulous resource! Thank you so much for including my Montessori-inspired Gift Ideas post. Can’t wait to share this with others!

    • emilyj 2015/11/15 at 12:31 AM #

      Yea! Thanks Renae, and thank you also for your helpful addition to this blog!

  3. Lisa Nolan 2015/11/18 at 7:57 PM #

    What an amazing list! Our son is really into board games! I miss the blocks, puzzles, and play dough stage!

    • emilyj 2015/11/19 at 11:17 PM #

      Me too, Lisa! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Kim 2015/11/20 at 9:34 PM #

    This is so helpful, thank you for rounding everything up! I have lots of friends and family who ask me for resources like this – I’ll pass it along!

    • emilyj 2015/11/20 at 11:27 PM #

      Yea! So glad this ill be useful to you, Kim!

  5. Vanessa 2015/11/24 at 2:34 AM #

    This is a wonderful list of Montessori (inspired) toys! Thank you for this wonderful resource! 🙂

    • emilyj 2015/11/27 at 12:16 AM #

      You’re welcome Vanessa! And thank you!

  6. Deb @ Living Montessori Now 2015/12/04 at 8:51 AM #

    I love your roundup! Thanks so much for including my Montessori-friendly baby and toddler toy and book gift guides. Have a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

    • emilyj 2015/12/10 at 3:43 AM #

      Thank you very much, Deb! And you too!

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