Gift Guide: Best Montessori Toy Ideas for 18 Month Olds

If you’re searching for the best Montessori-aligned gift ideas for 18-month-olds, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for an Easter, Christmas, or other Holiday gift, our Montessori 18-month-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 Lovevery.

Rainmaker Rainbow Stick

Children will discover cause and effect as they watch clear plastic beads cascading through a rainbow of wooden flowers. Can be used as a rhythm instrument or rattle, it makes a soft, soothing sound that imitates the natural sound of rain. Ages 6 Months+

First Word Books

My First 123, My First ABC,and My First Colors: These board books by DK are a great collection to have for your 18-month-old toddler. When possible, Montessori-aligned books should show real images as opposed to illustrations. These board books are a great choice for your child to begin recognizing images, words, numbers, and colors.

Climbing Arch with Pillow

Montessori climbing toys make great gifts, and this climbing arch is a good first choice for your toddler. The steps are small, they can use the rails to pull up with their hands, it allows them to safely use their growing bodies in new and exciting ways.

Animal Matching Game

This set of animal figurines with Montessori-style cards can be used in multiple ways, including the matching game. Comes with Schleich brand animals.

Montessori Dowel Toy Set

These stacking toys are used in Montessori to aid the child in developing the proper grasp and hand-eye coordination. They are perfect toys to help the child begin to hone the grasp needed for writing later on.

Montessori Pink Tower

The Pink Tower is one of the most classic Montessori materials. Between 18 months old and 2 years old is a great time to introduce your child to the pink tower. A must-have for Montessori homes.

Shape Puzzles

This set of shape peg puzzles is a great Montessori gift idea. They help your child develop their motor skills, gripping skills, hand-eye coordination and brain stimulation.

Wooden Pop Up Toy

Gently press these colorful wooden figures to make them bob up and down. Press them even harder and they pop up and out!

Wooden Ball Tracker

A ball tracker has many benefits including developing motor skills, eye strength, and bilateral integration skills. Makes a great Montessori gift that can be used for several years.

Custom Family Book

Possibly our very favorite gift idea, this custom wooden board book can be created with pictures of your 1 year old and any family members (plus friends and pets!) that you choose.

Tripp Trapp High Chair

More than just a high chair, the Tripp Trapp is loved by Montessori parents around the world. It grows and adjusts with your baby and can be used until they’re 3 years old. One of our favorite Montessori aligned gifts!

Geometry Puzzle

Introduce children to shapes and colors with this two-sided wooden puzzle. One side features cutouts for individual shapes, while the other encourages children to combine pieces into simple two-piece shapes.

Shape Sorter

This is a classic developmental toy that not only gives toddlers practice with shape discrimination, but also cause and effect. The design of this shape sorter is wonderful for a younger child who is new to the concept.

Wooden Color Book

This Montessori-inspired wooden book uses only realistic images. Each original illustration features an object from the natural world that displays the color on the page.

Montessori Busy Board

A simple Montessori busy board focuses on two skills as it can conceal a shape behind each door that your child can unlatch. Then the shape can be placed in the correct location on the board.

Balance Bike

I have loved using balance bikes for my kids. Strider is the best-known brand with the youngest starting age: 18 months. If they can walk, they can ride! This bike is adjustable and will grow with your toddler.

Lovevery Block Set

A brilliant, practical system of solid wood blocks for building spatial, language, and problem-solving skills. 70 heirloom-quality pieces that work with each other in more than 20 stage-based activities. Years of learning through play, crafted by child development experts.

18-Month-Old Play Kit

Lovevery offers different play kits for 18-month-olds that offer a variety of Montessori-aligned toys for your toddler. Activities include games, puzzles, toys, and practical life materials.

Wooden Walk ‘n’ Roll

From the smooth-turning, well-balanced drum to the sturdy handle, this push-pull toy shows will last for years. An effective way to encourage spatial awareness and introduce directional language (forward, backward). Bring it out again later for imaginative play (lawn mower, vacuum cleaner).

Wooden Little Copter

It’s seamlessly crafted with smooth, rounded edges, fully functional wheels, and a twirling propeller to fuel both fine motor skills and budding imaginations. Ages 10 Months+

Toddler Hammered Flatware Set

This set has the look and feel of real flatware—because it is! This set includes a feeder spoon (5¾”) for infants, a blunt-tipped toddler fork (5″), and a toddler spoon (5″).

This set will grow with the child and is the perfect size and weight for the youngest learners. 

Classic Wooden Rocking Stacker

Young children love the delightful clacking sound the wooden rings make when slid onto the rocking base. This activity helps develop size discrimination and hand-eye coordination. 

Junior Ramp Racer

All wood, with a ramp frame and eight well-made race cars safe for young children. This ramp is an alternative to a ball tracker with similar benefits.

Clever Cat Memory Game

Sharpen children’s memory skills with this charmingly illustrated animal matching game. The 20 chunky wooden discs (10 pairs) are easier for small hands grasp and turn over than cardboard tiles.

Wooden Sensory Bin Tools

This set of wooden tools helps toddlers to hone practical life skills such as scooping, pouring, grasping, etc. Set includes 8 different pieces in a gift set.

Anatomically Correct Baby Doll

Baby dolls in Montessori are realistic and anatomically correct because learning materials should reflect the realism and diversity of the world. They help children to develop social-emotional learning and value people from diverse backgrounds.

Solid Wood Drum

Great for musical exploration while stimulating hand-eye coordination and auditory awareness. The mallet’s rubbery head softens the sound of this melodious tympanic drum.

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