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Our Kids' Montessori Gift Lists 2020

With the holiday season upon us we've been making lists and gathering gifts for the Kavanaugh children. It's always a fun process of observing my children, seeing what they would really be interested in and making some decisions based on what I see. This year is different because I'm also making decisions knowing that we are looking at a very long and quiet winter ahead. So that's influencing the amount I will buy and the specific choices I will/have made. 

Henry and Nora are also at the point, being into the second plane of development, where they heavily influence the items on the list and what is ultimately purchased. So, you'll see that while Montessori influences what I will purchase and what goes on their list, so does their own preferences and personality. 

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Teddy is 14-months-old right now and as the fourth baby, we have so many toddler things. But, there are a few things I've still found that have been put on his list for this year. Teddy's list includes: 



Gus will celebrate his 4th birthday on Thanksgiving this year. So, he's always a challenge because he gets so many things all at once. But, his list this year includes:

Bruder Worker Trucks - he pretty much would love any of them


Color Paddles - the other half of the set Ted is getting
Finger Puppets - I'm splitting one set among three kids


Nora is just about 6.5-years-old. She seems to be the easiest to shop and plan for this year. Her list includes: 

Grapat Mandala Pieces* - she will be getting a few more of her favorite shapes but not another whole set
Grapat Coins* - again she is getting a limited set to add to her collection


Finger Puppets


Henry is 9-years-old (10 in March). Henry likes one thing and one thing only - Lego. We are leaning into that and he is mostly getting Lego for Christmas. It's a nice exercise in following the child, especially as they get older and they really really define their interests. Henry's list includes: 

Ninjago Lego - I'm just linking the general search, he has specifics that he wants but I can't pretend to be an expert here
Harry Potter Lego: Astronomy Tower; Privet Drive


Finger Puppets

My children will also receive a Nugget as a joint gift (their Santa present.) 

*Those items marked with a star are hard to find in stock, I've been planning, searching, and buying over the last several months as supply has come in. I've linked one of my favorite shops but there are TONS of options for buying them. 

Montessori friendly toy gift list for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age. Fun and easy Montessori toys for kids.

And, just a reminder, these are just their gift lists. I certainly wont be buying all of this and I have no idea that they would get it all. These ideas have been given to family as well. Each family will decide on their own what is the appropriate amount of gifts to give for them.



Helen said…

I look forward to this every year and so does my kid bc you guys recommend the best kid!!! Thank you for making this so easy for me!

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