Montessori toys – best gifts for Christmas


Thanks to toys the child learns and acquires many skills and knowledge. They help social communication realizing, fears expressing, aggression channeling…

If you have opportunity to choose the right gift for your child, toys are a good choice. However, there are so many toys on the market, so the choice is not easy.

From my experience I know for sure that Montessori toys

are the best choice for your kid, because they offer the possibility of the best psycho-physical advancement and are most effective for children’s development in general.

Here’s how to choose toys for your child by age:

1 year


Canvas toys, with rounded edges, bright colors, soft to the touch (due to poor movement coordination) are appropriate during this period. There are plenty of offers for these toys in the Montessori program. Therefore, offer your baby rattles and different toys that can be placed over the bed. Be creative, you can also make some toys yourself from smaller empty cardboard boxes, balloons, decorative colorful paper. In a later age you will not have this option, so use it now when your baby’s attention attracts everything that is cheerful, soft, rustling, that produces sound or music …

The colorful shapes moving above the baby’s bed or the place where she prefers to lie are multiple useful. With them, the child manages to be awake and without the requirement to immediately take him in arms, that is, he will be able to have some fun on his own for some time. He will try to reach them, which will improve his coordination.

However, at this early age, the game itself is more important than toys. For example: one headkerchief or a piece of paper is sufficient for a hide-and-seek game. You can hide behind them, or hide some little thing. The child believes that if he does not see us, we do not see him either. As a result, he thinks that if he hides behind the paper, you do not see him, and every your reappearance causes him great joy.


From 1 to 3 years

Most children “attach” to toys such as dolls, little cars, and anything that has a combination of audio and visual effects (at the same time whistles, rattles, sings, changes colors…). In addition, children like containers (casks, cubes) of different sizes. So, find what closes and opens, lets you put, pour, pour from one container to another. The Montessori program also offers many materials and toys for this age group.

Girls and dolls. Currently very popular, they offer girls the look of modern, contemporary princesses. The dolls can be purchased with many accessories (furniture, pool, horses as pets, magnificent houses…). You can be against the messages they send to children, but there is no reason to ban them. Namely, they have been an integral part of growing up for generations of girls. In addition, no matter that you can find dolls in the market that are rich, handsome, blue, a child will always find his copy model in his mom, not in a doll.

Unlike girls, dolls designed for boys change faster. Namely, with each new movie hit and new super-hero, new toys appear… With superheroes, the boys become like them, in their own eyes. It is also the fastest way for such patterns to overgrow, because the child satisfies his or her needs to resemble them through play, while at the same time “processing” what he has seen or experienced and cannot adequately cope with.


From 3 to 5 years

Most toys on the market are for this age group. Also, the Montessori program offers the largest number of toys for children of this age.

Stickers. Although these are not toys in the “real” sense of the word, almost every generation of three-year-old or five-year-old has their own “obsession”. Stickers are particularly interesting to girls because they allow them to interact with, mostly, gently portrayed characters. They are easy to stick and peel off wherever you want and there are special albums also. Stickers have no special educational value, which is why experts in the Montessori area do not recommend them. However, children love them and that social moment that they can share stickers, talk about them, show them to each other is enough motive to bring them closer to your child.

Art material. In Montessori kindergartens,

a lot of attention has recently been given to artistic activities. At this age, it is advisable to offer art supplies as a type of toy. Crayons: The younger child is, he uses the simpler accessories. That is why it is ideal for the first crayons to be waxed, and only later to have wooden crayons or markers. Modeling masses (plasticine, clay, dough…): the younger children are, the modeling mass should be softer, elastic but not too hard, which does not dry and crush easily. Painting, drawing, modeling is extremely important as it develops patience, encourages imagination and creativity, exercises movement coordination and fine motor skills. It has a calming effect and is a way of expressing the inner world of the child at the same time. Around age of 5, computer games or play stations may also become your child’s new interest. With them, the child learns the language of new technologies and new media. Ideal games are those that do not have aggressive content, which practice reflexes, motor skills, concentration …. which are both educational and fun. Do not run away from these games and toys just because you think they are not useful. Instead, find those that are useful and limit time spent in front of computer. In this case, the child will not form bad habits and will spend time the way he wants.


From 5 to 7 years

Puzzles. For smaller ages, puzzles with fewer parts are provided, and then, with age, the number of parts and the complexity of the image itself are increasing. The Montessori program offers a large selection of materials that are based on stacking parts of a whole, which enhances logical thinking and develops concentration.

Social games. Offer to your child fun mathematics, geography, grammar as they will bring him closer to certain scientific fields. With some other games like “Man Don’t Get Angry”, “Risico”, “Cluedo”, “Master Mind” he will learn to accept defeat, that is, he will understand – whether he will be a winner or not, do not always depend on his knowledge.

Montessori materials in the sensory field enhance concentration, encourage logical thinking. These materials are very diverse, and most of them share common characteristics: there is no gender or age division, the child socializes with other children, enhances perception.

Sports requisites as toys. Although they are sports equipment, you can also treat rollerblades, bicycles, skateboards, screwdrivers, hoops as toys… Every ball rolling, crawling, jumping – is a good physical exercise. Why are these physical exercises, sports requisites in the function of toys important to your child? In addition to what is obvious (staying outdoors, improving physical fitness, working to eliminate any deformities such as crooked spine or flat feet…), your child will be given an incentive to develop motor skills and physical skills, increase concentration. He will develop a team, competitive spirit. Sports requisites contribute to independence. By becoming more skilled at some physical exercise, his confidence will increase.


For more on Montessori toys, Montessori materials, Montessori Method see my new book: Montessori in kindergarten

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