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

Looking 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. These toys never become outdated … many of them are like my now-adult children’s favorite toys as babies and toddlers."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!

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."


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.

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

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.)


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!

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


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.

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