Gift Guide: Best Montessori Toy Ideas for 3 Year Olds

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 Lovevery and Monti Kids.

Wooden Balance Board

Balance boards (also called wobble boards) are versatile and can help with developing balance, improving posture, strengthening the core, or even for various forms of play. My son loves to use it as a bridge and tunnel for his vehicles.

Montessori Cooking Together Kit

A complete set of food-safe, developmentally appropriate kitchen tools support cooking experiences that will help your child build a positive relationship with food. Ten beautifully illustrated recipe cards help parents and children create child-friendly meals together. Food preparation activities help build executive function and self-confidence.

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 a 3-year-old. 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.

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.

Wooden Shape Sorter

A classic shape sorting toy that makes a great Montessori gift for 3-year-olds. This all wooden sorter is from Melissa and Doug and includes 12 shapes.

Board Books

“My First Library” set contains 10 board books, all with realistic images. They introduce a wide range of learning topics and everyday objects to toddlers. Makes a great Montessori gift for a 3-year-old.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sandpaper Letters

An essential Montessori material, the Sandpaper Letters allow the child to understand writing before they can hold a pencil. The Child uses three of the five senses; tactile, auditory, and sight to learn the sound and formation of each letter. Great gift idea for a 3-year-old.

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.

Lock Box

This lockbox toy set includes 10 unique wooden doors with different lock mechanisms with metal handles and 1 small lock with keys. Also makes a great Montessori travel toy for your toddler.

Montessori Knobbed Cylinders

Another classic Montessori material, the knobbed cylinders train kid’s visual discrimination of high and low, big and small. Large wooden knobs for easy grasping.

Pikler Triangle Climbing Set

Climbing toys such as a pikler triangle are often recommended by Montessorians. This set offers options for multiple pieces to create the perfect set for your toddler.

Monti Kids Level 8 Box

Monti Kids offers beautiful sets of developmental Montessori toys. The level 8 box is for 2.5 to 3 year olds and includes multiple sets of materials that will challenge and grow your child.

Wooden Bead Lacing Set

This beading set helps children develop strong fine motor, cognitive, and visual perception skills, while promoting hand-eye coordination. Includes 2 strings and 30 wooden beads.

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.

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 Rainbow Stacker

While wooden rainbow stackers were designed more for Waldorf, they are often found in Montessori classrooms. Check out our full post for more information on rainbow stackers in Montessori.

Realistic Wooden Puzzle Set

This set of 6 small wooden puzzles includes a carrying bag. Each puzzle has realistic photographs of animals, fruits, vehicles, etc.

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

Sorting Balls and Cups

This activity set from Elite Montessori provides color matching practice as well as scooping and sorting.

Parts of a Tree Puzzle

This wooden puzzle with knobbed pieces helps children to identify and explore parts of a tree.

Wooden Barn with Animals

This barn set includes 7 realistic looking animals, a wooden ladder, and a folding corral.

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.

Realistic Animal Puzzles

This set of 3 wooden puzzles is more Montessori aligned than many puzzles since they have realistic animal pictures.

Sorting and Stacking Toy

This wooden sorting and stacking puzzle contains 20 pieces including blocks of 5 colors and 5 geometric shapes. It helps to build early shape, color and size differentiation skills when toddlers try to match the blocks to the target or make various combinations.

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.

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.

3 Year Old Play Kits

Lovevery offers 4 different play kits for 3-year-olds that offer a variety of Montessori-aligned toys for your toddler. Activities include games, puzzles, and practical life materials.

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. 

Triangle Arranging Game

Lovevery offers 4 different play kits for 3-year-olds that offer a variety of Montessori-aligned toys for your toddler. Activities include games, puzzles, and practical life materials.

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.

Joey Jump Game

Children experience the power of cause and effect when they jump on the board and the beanbag flies in the air. Children build hand-eye coordination as they play this fun twist on the game of catch — plus they get a get a real-world lesson on physics, trajectories, and taking turns.

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.

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Stacy Jones

When I became a foster mother, I started researching different parenting and education ideas. Learning about the Montessori Method has been intriguing and fascinating, and I have enjoyed watching the little ones in my life learn and grow from incorporating Montessori elements into our family's lifestyle. Montessori For Today was started to provide answers to my own questions, which will hopefully become a great resource for others to learn about the Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, and how you can incorporate elements of Montessori into your own home and lifestyle.

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