If you’re searching for the best Montessori-aligned gift ideas for 3-year-olds, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a Birthday, Easter, Christmas, or other Holiday gift, our Montessori 3-year-old gift guide is a great place to start for your toddler.
We have ideas that include budget-friendly Montessori toys from Amazon to gorgeous custom-made items from Etsy, as well as our favorite picks from Montessori-aligned companies such as Montessori Services.
Wooden Knife for Kids
This is a child-friendly safe wooden knife that can be used by your little chef. It cuts through fruits and vegetables, cheese, bread and much more.
Montessori Movable Alphabet
The movable alphabet is one of the most classic Montessori materials. Children in a Montessori learning environment begin using the movable alphabet between the ages of four and six. It is a crucial part of Montessori’s preschool learning model.
Geometric Solids Set
The purpose of this material is to develop the child’s stereognostic sense which creates a mental picture through touch. Indirectly, they prepare the child for later work in mathematics, especially geometry, by identifying solid shapes.
6-in-1 Indoor Wooden Playground
If the ultimate preschooler gift is in your budget, consider this indoor wooden playground. Included Activities – Mini Rock Climbing Wall, Swedish Slide, Monkey Bars, Rope Ladder, Wood Ladder & Swing.
These stepping stones help your child build confidence in their balance and coordination. Playing with the stepping stones kit helps them learn to determine distance and height. Hopping from stone to stone trains important muscles needed for stability while walking, jumping, and running, and encourages kinesthetic learning.
Wooden Lacing Boards
These wooden lacing boards from Montessori Services are a great alternative to busy boards. Makes a great gift for toddlers and is also a good travel toy.
There are many activities and benefits that come from a mud kitchen. Although a much pricier gift, it can be enjoyed for many years by many different aged children.
Color & Shape Matching Game
This double-sided wooden puzzle board has a color matching side and a shape matching side with multiple puzzle cards. Helps with pattern recognition.
Spinning Reading Blocks
This alphabet manipulative material introduces reading through letter blending and rhyming. It is also designed to foster independent play and self-correction. We prefer this brand to competitors because the images are realistic instead of cartoonized.
Leaf Wooden Puzzle
This leaf-themed puzzle is a great addition to your fall Montessori shelf rotation. Children can learn to identify some of the most common autumn leaves.
Outdoor Kids Explorer Kit
All-in-one nature exploration kit includes 7 pieces: Backpack, Binoculars, Magnifying Glass, Flashlight, 2-in-1 Whistle, bug container, and compass. Meets everything your preschooler needs for an outdoor adventure!
Wooden Balance Beam Set
This balance beam set can fold or come apart for easy storage. Practice gross motor skills, use as a “road” or “bridge” for other toys, play “the floor is lava” or get creative making an obstacle course.
Geometric Stacking Stones
Though stacking stones and other blocks are not strictly Montessori, many Montessorians love these unique geometric balancing stones that provide an extra challenge.
Wooden Alphabet Tracing Boards
Another essential Montessori material, these wooden tracing boards allow children to practice proper letter formation and develop their reading and writing skills in a hands-on way. Younger children can simply use a finger to begin learning how to trace the shapes, while older children who are ready for handwriting can use the included wooden stylus to develop the hand and finger strength required for a proper pencil grip.
Wooden Moon Phase Puzzle
Teach the lunar cycle with this wooden moon phase puzzle. Includes a “key” to match the pieces to each phase.
Pattern Blocks and Boards
This pattern blocks and boards set lets kids enjoy a classic math manipulative and learning activity. It’s great for spatial awareness, color recognition, hand eye coordination, and problem solving
Functional Kids Vacuum
This toy vacuum has been designed like the famous Dyson Cord-Free vacuum to the very last detail. Working cord-free vacuum with accessible debris tray, simulated cyclone action, easy to release attachments, and a long and short nozzle. Great Montessori practical life activity
Shoe Lacing Board
Preschoolers can work on the practical life skills of lacing and tying their shoes with this wooden shoe lacing board.
Kids Gardening Set
This gardening set contains everything your preschooler needs to work on the practical life skills of gardening.
Lock and Key Board
This lock and key board focuses on one skill and is a good busy board gift for preschoolers.
Kids Cleaning Set
This practical life skill-building and confidence-boosting set is designed to strengthen and embolden your child’s sense of purpose. Each tool helps them develop coordination and fine motor skills.
Color Resemblance Sorting
The Color Resemblance Sorting Task from Adena Montessori is a matching and sorting game using shades of color to develop skills in visual perception and color discrimination.
Montessori Screwdriver Board
This screwdriver board set is a great gift for your preschooler. It helps children learn the practical life skill of using a screwdriver, working with various tools, and holding the keys correctly, while training hand-eye coordination and developing their fine motor skills.
Learn to Dress Boards
These dressing boards allow your toddler to practice 6 different practical life dressing skills. It is a good way to exercise your child’s finger flexibility and help the kids learn the basics.
Wooden Stepping Stones
Montessori influenced rainbow stepping stones are designed to help with balance and coordination. It boosts physical activity and gross motor skill development.
Realistic Wooden Dollhouse
There is definitely a place for dolls and dollhouses in Montessori. We have a whole article on our top choices for realistic dollhouses and dollhouse furniture.