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The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2019

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2019 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 

The Ultimate Montessori Friendly Toy list! Montessori friendly toy and gift ideas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!

So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 


The Ultimate Montessori Friendly Toy list! Montessori friendly toy and gift ideas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!

First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created toys, but only works for classroom settings. While there are many works that I recommend for home school use, you won't find these on this list.

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Instead, these are developmentally appropriate, natural (where possible), open ended toys! Many of these we actually own and many are on my own wish list for my children!

Babies and Young Toddlers {Birth to 18 months}

When shopping for Montessori babies, I suggest, keeping materials as simple and as natural as possible. Avoid things that are too flashy, heavy or complicated. Instead, focus on beauty and function!

The Ultimate Montessori Friendly Toy list! Montessori friendly toy and gift ideas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!
Natural Skwish Rattle
Bell Rattle (tiny babies)
Grasping Beads
Grimms Wooden Teether
Bell Rattle | Plan Toys Rolling Bell Rattle | Simple Wooden Bell Rattle
HABA Kringelring rattle ring | HABA Clutch Toy | HABA Triangle | HABA Clasping
Plan Toys Grasping RattlePlan Toys Beads Rattle
Wooden Rolling Ball | Rubber Rolling Ball
Ball Cylinders: Option 1 | Option 2
Wooden Grasping Toy
Interlocking Disks: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3
Peg/Egg and Cups Set
Ball and Cup
OBall
Winkle Toy
Imbucare Box | Imbucare Triangle | Flip Lid Imbucare Box | Rectangular Imbucare
Multiple Shapes Imbucare - looks like a great deal
Single Shape Puzzles | Single Shape Puzzle Option 2
Pincer and Palmer Blocks
Ball Tracker -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Wooden Self-Correcting Ring Stacker | Self-Correcting Ring Stacker 
Rings on Pegs

Fine Motor to 18 Months

Pop Up Toy -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Natural Wood Peg Board
HABA Peg Board -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Wonderworld Ball Pounder | PlanToys Hammer Balls | PlanToys Punch and Drop | Melissa and Doug Ball Pounder | Wooden Push Ball
PlanToys Shape and Sort
Latching Shape Sorter
Horizontal Disks on Dowel | Disks on Dowel
Cube on Dowel
Car Ramp | Plan Toys Car Ramp | Wooden Car Ramp
Ring Return Toddler Toy
Simple Peg Board
Ribbon Winding Toy
Simple Pounding Bench | Larger Pounding Bench | Plan Toy Pounding
Horizontal Ring Imbucare
Color Sorting Rings
Plan Toys Nesting Cylinders | Plan Toys Nesting Boxes

Young Toddler Puzzles

Helen Oxenbury Set 
Indestructibles
Smile! -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Black and White Books
Everywhere Babies
All the World
The Wonderful Things You Will Be 

Practical 

Black and White Images
Activity Gym
Acrylic Mirror

Natural Teether Ball -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite

Natural Teething Ring
Wooden Pacifier Clip
Toddler apron
Montessori Baby Bib
Placemat and Napkin Set

Splurge

Learning Tower
Tripp Trapp Chair
Monti Kids Level 1

Toddlers {18 Months to 3 Years}

Here, remember that every toddler is different, and unique. Try to follow your child's own interests and abilities when deciding what works for them! What is appropriate for one child, won't work for another! Some might be ready for something at 1-year-old and others not until 4.

The Ultimate Montessori Friendly Toy list! Montessori friendly toy and gift ideas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!

Fine Motor

Bead Lacing | Natural wood lacing with dowel | PlanToys Lacing Beads
Lacing Spools 
Counting Stacker | Hape Counting Stacker
Disk Stacking and Popping
Lacing Sheep
Stacking Tree | Stacking Building 
Cone Pyramid {hard to find a new one, but still making the list because it's amazing} | Newer Version -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Latches Box | Lock Box Set
Wooden Peg Board
Buddha Board
PlanToys Shape Sorting Bench | 4 piece shape sorter | PlanToys Shape Sorter {or here} | Tag Toys Shape Sorter
Goki Simple Shape Sorter -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Montessori Flip Lid Shape Sorter
Hape Twist and Sort Puzzle
PlanToy Wooden Stacking Disks | Melissa and Doug Stacking Shapes | Guidecraft Stacking Shapes
Balancing Disks | Balancing Cactus
Lacing Block | Wooden Lacing Cards | Lacing Card Shapes
Large Grimms Stacker
Large Pearler Beads
Imaginet Magnets
Fraction Cups | PlanToys Fraction Blocks
Weighted Cylinders
PlanToys Gears
Shape Sorting Stacking Toy
Grimm's Color Sorting
Grimm's Pegs and Cups 
Color Sorting Cups and Coins
Size Discrimination Pegging
Melissa and Doug Bead Sequencing
Lock Box with Slot | Lock Box
Stacking Logic Disks
Tumble Down Pegging Numbers | Pegging Number Cards
Hape Pegging Pattern Cards
Jumbo eye dropper set
Guidecraft nest and stack puzzle
Guidecraft circle fractions
Grimms Sorting Board

Gross Motor

Strider Bike -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Tactile Disks
River Stone Climbers
Large Foam Blocks
Bean Bags
Roll and Play Game
Trampoline 
MicroMini Scooter | Radio Flyer Scooter | Radio Flyer Sit to Ride
TootScoot Balance Bike
Wheelbarrow
Wobbel Board -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite

Building and Block Play 

Unit Blocks: Option 1Option 2 | Option 3
Stacking Pyramid 
Grimms Rainbow -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
HABA Ball Run
Grimms Stacking Boxes
Rainbow Blocks: Option 1Option 2  | Option 3 | Option 4
Peg Board
Wooden Pattern Blocks | Plastic Pattern Blocks
Duplos
Large Hollow Building Blocks | Small Hollow Blocks
Discovery Blocks | Discovery Boxes
Magnet Builders: Option 1 | Option 2
Bristle Blocks
Mirror Blocks
Way to Play Flexible Roads
Wooden Arches

Puzzles 

Chunky Shape Puzzles
Adult and Baby Farm Animal Matching Puzzle
Geometric Shape Puzzle | PlanToys Geometric Shape Puzzle
Cylinders Puzzle
Kid O Color Steps | Wooden Steps Puzzle
Hape Color and Shape Sorter Puzzle
Construction Vehicles Puzzle
Small Knobbed Montessori Puzzles
2 piece Matching Puzzles Set -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
2 piece real pictures
3 piece first jigsaw puzzles set
3 piece vegetables jigsaw set | 3p fruit jigsaw set
Simple Jigsaw Puzzle Set
PlanToys Geometric Shape Sequencing Puzzle
Personalized Name Puzzle -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Puzzle Game
First Frame Farm Puzzle -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
First Frame Construction Puzzle | First Frame Firefighting
Cat Layers Puzzle | Rabbit Layer Puzzle | Tractor Layer | Car Layer 
4 Seasons Layer Puzzle
Half-Shape Sequencing Puzzle
Chicken and Chicks Puzzle
Fractions Puzzle
10p Find and Seek Jigsaw
12p Jigsaw Construction Set | 12p Animals Jigsaw Set
15p Fireman Jigsaw | 15p Farm Jigsaw
Leaf Lift and Learn Puzzle | Bird Lift and Learn
Safari Animals Block Puzzle
Opposites Puzzle Set
3 Piece Sequencing Puzzles 

Dramatic Play and Language Development

Musical 

Splurge

Indoor Climbing Dome
Grimms Pyramid of Blocks -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Monti Kids Level 8

Preschoolers {3 to 5 Years}

Follow your child's interests! By preschool age, many children have strong preferences, follow them! There are natural choices available to fit every interest and budget!

The Ultimate Montessori Friendly Toy list! Montessori friendly toy and gift ideas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!

Building Toys and Tools

HABA Marble Run
Legos
Block play people: community workers | children | family
Magnification Blocks | Mirror Blocks
Grimms Building Slats | Semi Circles
Magnatiles -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
HABA Tap and Tack
Grimms Wooden Cube Blocks | 1" Cube Blocks
Child Sized Tools | Small Tool Set
Fort Clips -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Large Playsilk
Roman Arch
Kid Knex
Melissa and Doug Architecture Blocks
Hape Flexistix
Sarah's Silks Play Frame
Child sized tool belt
Small Safety Goggles
Tools with Box
Small Hand Drill -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Geometry Building

Games 

Count Your Chickens Cooperative Game
Hoot Owl Hoot Cooperative Game
Eeboo Never Forget a Face Game
Outfoxed -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite (5+)
Bird Memory Game
Bingo: Bird Bingo | Bug Bingo | Dog | Monkey | Cat | Ocean
Picnic Game
Fraction Formula
Match a Track Memory Game
Tiny Polka Dot - Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Haba Orchard Game
Wildcraft
Max the Cat
Card holder
Match a Bird Game
Continent Race Game

Puzzles

12 p Block Puzzle - Fruits
Smaller (12p) Wooden Frame Jigsaw Cars | 12p Wooden frame farm
12 p People puzzle set
Space Floor Puzzle | Rainforest Floor Puzzle | Ocean Floor Puzzle | Global Children Floor Puzzle
Airport Frame Puzzle | Inside the House Frame Puzzle | Horses Frame Puzzle
Traditional Parts of Animals Montessori: Fish Parts Puzzle | Penguin | Butterfly | Horse | Human
Traditional Parts of Plants Montessori: Flower Leaf | Tree
USA Puzzle
Find and Seek Ocean Puzzle | Find and Seek Safari
25 p World map jigsaw
Melissa and Doug Wooden Frame Puzzle Ballet (48p) | Large wooden frame construction site | Large frame horses
George Luck Layer Puzzle - Pond | Jungle Layer Puzzle | Arctic Layers Puzzle
35 p Jigsaw: Airport | Ballet | Harbor -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
60p Jigsaws: Playground Jigsaw Puzzle  | Outer Space Puzzle | Farm | Train station
100 p Jigsaw: City Street | Construction | Beach
Wooden World Puzzle
HABA Family Layer Puzzle
Janod Body Puzzle - Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Body Layer Puzzle Girl | Body Layer Puzzle Boy
Farm Life Layer Puzzle
100 p Human Body Puzzle
Mini Puzzles: 48p Tiger Jigsaw | 48 p Sloth
Life Cycle Layer Puzzle

Art Supplies

Water Colors
Melissa and Doug Easel | Hape Easel
Felt/Dry Erase Board
Clay | Modeling Clay
Sun Art
Large Roll of Paper
Rainbow Scratch Paper
Loom | Smaller Loom
WikiSticks
Kinetic Sand -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Knitting Doll | Knitting Fork
Insect Rubbing Plates | Leaf Rubbing Plates | Flower Rubbing Plates
Beeswax Modeling
Spirograph Jr.
Kwik Stix Paint Sticks
Perler Beads
Color Pencils
Stencils | Multiple Shape Stencil
Block Crayons
Paint Brushes -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Stamp Pens
Assorted Paper
Gel Pens

Gross Motor

Hilltop Climbers -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Balancing Disk
Indoor Swing
Play Mat
Large Rubber Balls
Indoor Swinging Bar
Climbing Rope Latter
Indoor Swing -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite

STEM

Pocket Microscope -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Animal X-Rays
Human X-Rays | Insect X-Rays
Fun with Magnets
Skeleton Floor Puzzle
Geometric Solids
Liquid Scale | Food Scale
Wooden Pattern Blocks
GeoBoard | Natural Wooden GeoBoard
Magnetic Marble Run
Simple Machines
Snap Circuits -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Beaker Set
Agate Slices | Rock Samples
Laminated Butterflies and Plants 
Acrylic Bug
Anatomy Model
Giraffe Anatomy Model | Shark Model | Tiger Model
Microscope 
Human Body Magnets
Large Space Magnets
Gears Motion Machines
Code and Go Robot Mouse
Wooden Fractions | Plastic Fractions
Terrarium Kit
Hundreds Board
0-10 Bead Board and tracing -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
1-5 Bead Board

Language and Culture

Globe
Montessori Continent Wall Map
Letter Construction
Cash Register
Magnetic Letters
Half-Sized Guitar
Movable Alphabets: Print | Cursive | Paper
Visual Dictionary
Anamalium | Botanicum | Maps -- excellent overview books!
Wall Chalkboard
Continent and Animal Matching
Cursive Magnatab
Hand Puppet | Hand Puppet | Hand Puppet
Sequencing Cards
Magnetic Dress up
Free Play Magnatab -- Kavanaugh Family Favorite
Cursive Tracing Board
Solid Wood Letter Puzzle | Hape lowercase puzzle
alphabet stamps
Continent transfer work
U.S. Flag and Puzzle Map

Splurge 

Light Table
WobbelBoard -- soooooo awesome!


I hope this post helps you make some Montessori inspired choices this holiday season! There are so many great choices to fit every child, and every budget!

Looking for Non-Toy Choices? Don't miss our Ultimate Montessori Non-Toy Gift Guide


Comments

Unknown said…
What an awesome gift guide. There are so many beautiful toys here that kids will love to play with.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for this list. I am not a Montessori parent by the label, but I try to keep an open mindset for my girls. In doing so, I find that I fit in with the Montessori crowd the most. When we were looking at preschools for our older daughter, we looked at everything with the intention of sending her to a traditional school. Turns out, we let her choose and she chose the Montessori School because her personality fit well with their program. We loved it because the school wasn't cluttered, and it just felt so peaceful compared to what we grew up with. Both my girls went to Montessori, and are very free spirited, well behaved and in general calm girls. I am somewhat attracted to toys that are Montessori, again, it's just something I realized when I was googling. I am not anti plastic, just anti music. I try to stick to non mainstream toys because I find that they offer the most benefits for kids. My favorite brands are Hape, Haba, Plan and Green Toys. My daughters love blocks....lego, lincoln logs, dominos, unit blocks and magformers. I was SO happy to find this list from you because I have a 5 year old like you do, and well she asked Santa for boxes for Christmas. I was like boxes? She said if she asked for a toy, she will only get that toy, but if she asked for many boxes, she can make ANYTHING she wants. It was so cute, so I will be getting her boxes. I wanted some more ideas though and your list has helped me out tremendously, so thank you!
J said…
Thank you so much for this post! I hope you have made a lot of money off me using your links because, um, yeah. My credit card is crying. :)
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marta larkin said…
A baby is a nice addition to the family. While you can cuddle the baby to your heart's content, you must not forget to bring the newly born loads and loads of gifts just to express your ardent love.
Mac Alvarez said…
A fine list of toys for every child age group. Thanks that you have segregated all these baby toys perfectly. New parents around the world would find it very useful. Often, we get confused what to give gifts in the baby shower ceremony, marriage ceremony and in birthdays. Before some moths I was in the supermarket to buy some gifts for my close friend's baby shower ceremony. But it's sad to say that i chose such an embarrassing gift that I couldn't forgive myself.
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Unknown said…
Kids love toys. Toys are more than just fun and games for kids and most toys provide at least some opportunity for children to learn. The best toys engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others.
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Unknown said…
Kids like to play with stuffed toys because it’s soft and fluffy. They are doing whatever they want, they can kiss or hug those toys, and also when their asleep hugging their lovely toy. A stuffed toy can help a child feel comfortable and safe. It always helps to improve their physical development by punching or throwing it. When they feel alone they are playing with their toys and talking with the toys. It is helps to develop their emotional.
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Unknown said…
Kids like to play with stuffed toys because it’s soft and fluffy. They are doing whatever they want, they can kiss or hug those toys, and also when their asleep hugging their lovely toy. A stuffed toy can help a child feel comfortable and safe. It always helps to improve their physical development by punching or throwing it. When they feel alone they are playing with their toys and talking with the toys. It is helps to develop their emotional.
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Unknown said…
Wow, this all Toys is perfect for my 2 years old boy, I learn what toys i buy, thanks for this post.
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Andrew Carter said…
Interesting blog and very amazing detail about the Adhd toys well done keep it up.
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Mika said…
This is amazing post.
Thanks Nicole! Lots of great ideas. This must have taken you ages to sort everything by category and provide the affiliate links (getting all the codes for that takes forever, I know!). I appreciate the time you took!! <3 You've given me some great ideas for my 1 year old and 3.5 year old :)
Laura Elaine said…
Awesome post-- I know it takes ages to get links to all this stuff so thank you so much for the time it took to put it all together! I'm now set on a list of things to look into for my girls and have ideas of what to tell family for gift ideas!

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