Skip to main content

Montessori Friendly Materials Under Our Tree in 2017

I wasn’t specifically going to write about what my kids got for Christmas this year, because I simply ran out of time before the holiday. But, I went on Instagram and did a live video recently about the books that my children received this year. And, I got so many direct-messages asking me to write a post about what my children received. 

Montessori friendly favorites from the 2017 holiday season
This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. 

So, here’s a look at a few of the Montessori friendly materials my kids had under the tree this year. The good thing about doing this after the holiday is that I can share their most favorite choices!


Montessori friendly favorites from the 2017 holiday season

I have been collecting books over the last couple of months to give  to the kids at Christmas. These were all just in one large box marked for everyone. 

Toys and Materials

Montessori friendly favorites from the 2017 holiday season

Microscope (Henry) | Chalkboard (all) | Space magnets (Henry) | Lyra color pencils (Nora) | Sewing box and tools (Nora) | Fraction Cubes (Nora) | Science Kit (Henry) | Mini-Baby Doll (Gus) | Rainstick (Gus) | Hand Drill (Henry) | Hand Mixer (Nora) | Wooden Stacking Cups (Gus) 

We really tried not to go too overboard this year with gifts and we struck a really nice balance. I have a hard time keeping it under control, so it was a victory for me more than anything!


Montessori friendly favorites from the 2017 holiday season

Max (all) | Fraction Formula (Henry) | Zitternix (Nora) | Uno (Henry) 

We are a huge game-playing family. It’s really our answer to not using screens. Cooperative games, in particular, are really popular with my kids.

Now, this isn't everything my kids received and they have other favorites. These are just the highlights! For reference Henry is 6.75, Nora is 3.5, and Gus just turned 1. 

What were your children's favorites from the holidays this past year? 



Popular Posts

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! 

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. 

First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Sensitive Periods from Birth to 6 - A Chart and Guide

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life observing, studying, and writing about children. During her lifetime of work she discovered that young children move through a series of special times when they are particularly attracted to specific developmental needs and interests. She called these times, sensitive periods. During the sensitive period, children learn skills related to the sensitive period with ease. They don't tire of that work, but seek it, crave it and need it. When the sensitive period passes, this intense desire is gone, never to return. 

That doesn't mean the skill is lost forever once the sensitive period is over. Instead, it just means that it will take a more conscious effort to learn. As Dr. Montessori explains, 
This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.
"A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables a…

Working from Home with Kids - A Montessori Schedule

One part of my life that I haven't talked a ton about here on The Kavanaugh Report is how I'm a work-from-home parent. Eight years ago I started to work at home while parenting full time. For the first several years, I worked as a legal writer while maintaining this space on the side. When Gus was born, I moved into working on sharing our Montessori life full time. It has blossomed into a full time career sharing content here, teaching courses, and now the podcast! Through it all, my kids have been home with me. 
This all seems more relevant to so many of us now that Covid-19 has closed schools and forced parents to stay at home and work while caring for children. I'm not going to lie - it's tough. It's hard to balance work and kids, especially when children are used to a completely different routine. But, it's not impossible! And, it can even be enjoyable. 

As I talk about in my podcast Shelf Help, we block our days into 3 hours groups. It helps me remain fle…