If This, then Try...Montessori Version

The Montessori classroom has so many amazing materials for young children. But, its hard to recreate a children's house in your own home. And, it's not necessary. A lot of time Montessori guides don't encourage or want a child to use traditional materials at home anyway. It can make children less interested in the work they have available at school. 

But, that doesn't mean you can't support your child's learning at home. There are many mainstream toys that help children meet similar needs that they could practice/work with at home! Here are a few examples for children in a children's house (3-6 Montessori classroom). 

If your child likes this Montessori material, then try this toy at home to support that learning!
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Sandpaper Letters | Letter Book

If your kid likes sandpaper letters then try Around the World from A to Z. Both help with letter recognition and provide a tactile outlet. 

Number Rods |  Stepped Counting Blocks

If your kid likes number rods, then try these stepped counting blocks. Both are working on the relationship between number and length. 

Cards and Counters | Math Board

If your kid likes cards and counters, then try this math board. Both help to establish a relationship between the abstract number and a specific quantity, although in a slightly different way. 

If your child likes this Montessori material, then try this toy at home to support that learning!

Metal Insets | Spirograph Junior

If your kid likes the metal insets, then try the Spirograph junior. They both help with pencil control and grip, while exploring different shapes. 

Continent Maps | Continent Puzzle with Animals 

If your kid likes the continent maps, then try this continent map puzzle. Both use the same colors to explore the continents, but the puzzle adds a new layer with the animal sorting. 

Botany Puzzles | Life Cycle Layer Puzzles 

If your kid likes the Montessori botany puzzles, then try these life cycle layer puzzles. Both focus on one specific plant/animal at a time, but the layer puzzles add the life cycle element. 

If your child likes this Montessori material, then try this toy at home to support that learning!

Movable Alphabet | Letter Magnets 

If your kid likes the Movable Alphabet, then try magnetic letters. Both will allow your child to build words, then sentences but in slightly different ways. 

Color Tablets | Pantone Color Cards

If your kid likes the Montessori color tablets, then try these Pantone color cards. Both explore colors in a variety of ways. 

Geometric Solids | Translucent Solids 

If your kid likes the geometric solids, then try these translucent geometric solids. These alternatives explore many of the same shapes and are fun to explore volume. 

If your child likes this Montessori material, then try this toy at home to support that learning!

Grammar Work | Magnetic Words 

If your kid likes Montessori grammar work (parts of speech, or decoding sentences), then try these magnetic words. They can explore building sentences and decoding. 

Constructive Triangles | Pattern Blocks 

If your kid likes the constructive triangles, then try these pattern blocks. They can explore geometry and the shapes that other shapes can create. 

Fraction Circles | Fraction Formula

If your kid likes the Montessori fraction circles, then try this fraction game. It's a different way to explore the relationship between fractions while still being really fun. 

These are all just examples! I know there are many more. And, many DIYs that you can make to help support your child's Montessori learning at home.

What is your child's favorite Montessori material right now?

If your child likes this Montessori material, then try this toy at home to support that learning!

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