Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Ultimate Montessori Non-Toy Gift Guide

When you are a Montessori parent, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what products make their way into your home. This problem can be compounded by a desire to keep toys -- especially many mainstream products -- to a minimum. Yet, it can feel like there is always something happening where a gift may be needed. 

I know that I personally struggle with this. It feels like every couple months it's a birthday, holiday or special occasion. And, before we know it, there are just too many toys. So, I wanted to create a list of some non-toy gift options for families who just have plenty of toys. Or, for families who may just be starting on their Montessori journey who are looking to equip their environment. 



When I call this an "ultimate" list, I in no way want to imply that this is an all inclusive list. I hope that I have included a nice selection of products from across the board. But, it would be virtually impossible to include every possible item that could be used in a Montessori home. So, if you love something and it's not on this list that doesn't mean it doesn't fit wonderfully into a Montessori home.

I also want to clarify that I created this list specifically for home use. These are just products that you may want to consider to prepare your environment to meet the needs of your child. It's so difficult to break these things down by age, so the most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to follow your child in making purchasing decisions! 

Babies  

There's just not much you need for a Montessori baby! I've really come to learn that less is more. But, here are a few things that we have loved, or that can help make an environment more welcoming for an infant. Many of these things can be used well beyond baby-hood. 


Sleeping and Living 

Muslin Blankets
Sheepskin Rug
Mirror -- this is a shatterproof one, but a glass mirror hung at the child's height will also work in a movement area
Topponcino

Self-Care

Small Potty
Wooden Brush Set -- we love our set, perfect for little babies
Small Toothbrush
Training Pants

Practical Life 

Weaning Table -- I love that this table can grow with your child
Weaning Chair
Small silverware
Small glasses -- these are the glasses we used with Nora and will use again with Augustus
Small mug

Extras

Black and White Images
Movement Mat
Tripp Trapp High Chair -- this is one where I go back and forth, its great to have, but we choose to sit at the weaning table instead

Montessori Beginner Basics 

Here are some basic products for Montessori homes. Don't take the word "beginner" too seriously, anyone can use these products but they are some of what I would consider most essential for preparing a home. Some can be introduced to young toddlers, where others may be more suitable for older kids. Again, follow your child their abilities and their interests when choosing. 




Kitchen

Spreader Knives
Crinkle cutter Knife
Nylon knives -- these are perfect for older children who are just starting to use knives as well as toddlers that have more knife experience.
Egg Slicer
Tongs -- Their small size makes them perfect for practical transferring for toddlers
Mini Colander
Small Metal Pitcher
Small Glass Pitcher
Large Glass Pitcher -- My absolute favorite pitcher, used daily by my children. We've had ours for years.
Cutting Boards
Apron -- there are so many beautiful handmade and commercial options, this is just one example
Small Plates
Table Linens -- any small linens can work, placemats and napkins come to mind
Masher
Whisk
Apple Cutter

Self-Care

Nail Brush
Potty Seat
Umbrella
Hand Mirror
Soap Dispensers -- These could be used for hand washing soap, shampoo, lotion, or other personal care items.
Faucet Extender
Dressing Chair Toddler -- very well made chair for the price, works great for Nora and Henry
Dressing Chair Preschooler
Full Length Mirror

Care of the Environment

Swiffer -- just remove one of the handles to make this child sized
Mop
Broom -- an adult broom or mop cut to size will also work, height will vary on the child's age
Carpet Sweeper Vacuum
Cleaning Caddy
Hand Broom -- a personal family favorite, the adults and children love this one here
RagsDish Brush
Squeegee
Duster
Laundry Bucket
Spray Bottle -- can be used for cleaning, or watering plants
Dish Rack
Scrub Brush

General Living

Forward facing bookcase -- these are so great for displaying books, from babyhood all the way through childhood
Open Shelving
Cozy Chair
Rocking Chair
Learning Tower -- I go back and forth on this one, its one of those things that might be nice to have, but not a necessity
Stool -- I can't say enough good things about this step stool, this is what we use daily in our home
Work Table
Coat Tree
Light Switch Extender

Outdoor

Watering Can
Plant -- pick one that fits your space, your environment and can withstand treatment by your child
Small Gardening Tools
Large Gardening Tools
Push Broom
Snow Shovel


Experienced Montessori Families

Don't be afraid of the "experienced" language here. These products are for everyone! But, many of these may work for families that already have a lot of the basics and want something extra. There is, however, nothing about these products that wouldn't work for people who are new to Montessori! 


Kitchen

Toaster Oven -- for independent baking
Mini-Fridge
Sifter
Juicer
Cookie Cutters
Paring Knives
Serrated Knife -- a variety of small knives can be introduced starting in toddlerhood, depending on the child's experience
Funnel
Mortal and Pestle
Peeler
Mini Cooking Utensils -- I love that these look just like the larger ones I use 
Oven Mits
Apple Peeler
Kitchen Scale -- I want this for myself

Self-Care

Washing Board
Drying Rack
Washing Basin
Wardrobe -- for real clothes, accessible to the child
Hand Washing Set
Safety Glasses

Care of the Environment 

Water Canister
Vacuum -- both my kids absolutely love using a hand vacuum to help around the house
Iron
Bud Vase -- perfect for flower arrangements and nature finds
Tool Set
Sewing Machine
Mopping Bucket

I'm sure there are so many great products that are missing from this list! If you have others you would add, I would love for you to leave a comment below! 


Are you looking for Montessori friendly toys? Don't miss my Ultimate Montessori Toy List

This post is part of a large group of kid blogger gift guides! If you are looking for a gift this holiday season, don't miss these!


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3 comments:

  1. Those are great gifts for kids of all ages. My nieces and nephews have enough toys so I am always looking for different gift ideas.

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  2. These gifts definitely suits my nieces age bracket. Things that they can use in exploring the garden will do. It's about time that I give them something that can help them mature a little bit, just like the choices made by college paper writing service fast associates.

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