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January 31, 2018

Montessori Friendly Toys and Materials 12 to 14 Months

Shortly after Augustus turned 1-year-old, he started walking in earnest. As he has been perfecting his walking and other gross motor skills, toys and shelf-work has taken a MAJOR backseat for him. He just isn't as interested in sitting still to complete a stacker or puzzle. And, as he has gotten older he's less interested in oral exploration of rattles and things like that. These factors have combined to mean that Gus just doesn't use toys as much as he did between 10 and 12 months. 

But, he still has materials available. And, you may notice that many have a gross motor component to them! So, if you have a new walker, or young 1-year-old that won't play with toys, or won't play with many toys, don't feel discouraged. These are some of the things that have been available to Gus, but don't get the impression that these are used all day, every day! 

Montessori Toys at 12, 13, and 14 Months old

Montessori friendly baby and toddler toys from 12 to 14 months.

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Here are Gus' toys by column from left to right:
  1. Imbucare Box - a precursor to shape sorting
  2. Box with bins - perfect for hiding little objects, this one has just been introduced at 14 months
  3. DIY coin box
  4. Ring Stacker
  5. Music Box - he listening to a similar one (it broke) as a baby, but now can turn it himself
  6. DIY Velcro block 
  7. Pounding Bench - he doesn't use the hammer much, but loves to remove and place the pegs
  8. Sliding Box
  9. Nesting Boxes - thee are large so provide a good gross motor challenge
  10. Staking cups 
  11. Horizontal ring disks - one of Augustus' favorites 
  12. Basket of Animals 
  13. Rain stick 
  14. Cube Stacker 
  15. DIY ball drop -- another favorite because of the gross motor challenge of tipping the container over
  16. Push toy
  17. Ball Run - he loves the large size 

I also want to be clear that Gus doesn't have access to all of these things at one time. I chose a few to have available and rotated based on any needs I saw. Many of these have been out for months, and some have just been introduced. Follow your own child when making material choices! 

Montessori friendly baby and toddler toys from 12 to 14 months.

What are your children's favorite materials around 12 to 14 months? 


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Nora said…
My son (13 m) seems very engaged with language learning. He loves a set of animal finger puppets my mom brought for him: he likes to try to say each animal name, and it is a good fine motor challenge to try to put the puppet on his finger.