Holiday Gift Guide – Montessori Gifts for Toddlers

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With the holidays coming, I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Montessori gifts for toddlers. Some of these we found on our own and others we discovered at our Montessori school. You’ll notice that most of the items I’ve included are from Melissa and Doug. They are not branded as a Montessori company but so many of their products fit extremely well into a Montessori house. Other Montessori gifts for toddlers are ones we’ve found to be extremely practical.

Montessori Gifts for Toddlers

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months – 4 years
  • Our baby started using it at: 9 months

Screw Block Activity Set

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months – 6 years
  • Our baby started using it at: 9 months
  • Biggest Pro: This is a small, well-contained activity which makes it a great option when traveling or even just when waiting at a restaurant or doctors appointment.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • Can a young child use the screw driver? Our daughter hasn’t figured out the screwdriver yet but the screws are large enough that they can easily be turned by hand.
    • Can a young child plan with this unsupervised? I would not let my daughter play with this unsupervised. She’s never tried to swallow the screws, and with her tiny mouth I doubt she could, but she did like to suck on the screws when she was exploring texture so I wouldn’t chance it.

P’Kolino Full Size Puzzle Stacker

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 1 year and older
  • Our baby started using it at: 9 months

ConestaX

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 1 year and older
  • Our baby started using it at: 18 months (only because that’s when we received it)

Musical instruments

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months – 7 years
  • Our baby started using it at: 9 months
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • Are these real instruments? The majority of these are made from wood, including the xylophone, so they are more noise makers then musical instruments. They are a great introduction to cause and effect.

Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months – 6 years
  • Our baby started using it at: 17 months
  • Biggest Pro: The knife isn’t sharp and the pieces are big enough that my daughter can’t choke on them.

Melissa & Doug Set the Table Color-A-Mat

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months – 6 years
  • Our baby started using it at: 17 months
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • Can you use regular crayons with this mat? No. You need to use write on/wipe off crayons.

Practical Life

Toy Vacuum- Dyson Ball Vacuum With Real Suction and Sounds

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months – 9 years
  • CHOKING HAZARD Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Our baby started using it at: 18 months (with supervision)

Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep and Mop

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months – 4 years
  • CHOKING HAZARD Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Kitchen Helper

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months – 6 years
  • Our baby started using it at: 17 months
  • Biggest Pro: Unlike a couple of other models we looked at, this product folds for easy storage.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • What are the dimensions? 26.75″ H x 20.75″ W x 20.25″ D

Curious Chef 30-Piece Chef Caddy Collection

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 years and over
  • CHOKING HAZARD Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Our baby started using it at: 18 months (with supervision)

Manipulatives


  • Manufacturer recommended age: 18 months – 4 years depending on the product
  • Our baby started using it at: 16 months
  • Biggest Pro: These aid with dexterity and motor skills while teaching real life skills.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • Is the Learn to Dress Monkey machine washable? Yes.
    • How big is the Learn to Dress Monkey toy? 18 inches

Learning Puzzles and Storage

Peg Puzzles

See Inside Puzzles

Sound Puzzles

Puzzle Sets

Puzzle Storage

  • Manufacturer recommended age: 3 years and up
  • Our baby started using it at: 9 months
  • Biggest Pro: There are pictures underneath each puzzle piece to help the child match the piece to its location.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • What size are these puzzles? Most are 9″ x 12″.
    • What are the dimensions of the slots in the puzzle racks? The small puzzle rack fits standard 9″ x 12″ puzzles. The larger rack holds siz 9″ x 12″ puzzles and six 9″ x 16″ puzzles. The slots are about 1″ tall.

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