Gift Guide: Best Montessori Toys for 1 Year Olds


If you’re searching for the best Montessori aligned gift ideas for 1 year olds, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a Birthday, Holiday, or Christmas gift, our Montessori one-year-old gift guide is a great place to start. 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 Ball Tracker Montessori Gift for 1 year old

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.

My first abc book Montessori Gift for 1 year old

First Word Books

My First ABC, My First 123, and My First Colors: These board books by DK are a great collection to have for your baby or toddler. When possible, Montessori-aligned books should show real images as opposed to illustrations. These board books are a great choice for your baby or toddler 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 a 1 year old. 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.

wooden egg cup and ball and cup Montessori Gift for 1 year old

Montessori Egg Cup Set

The egg and cup or ball and cup is another classic Montessori material for 1 year olds. It is a simple but beneficial toy that makes a great gift.

Montessori 12-18 Month Set

This beautiful set of Montessori toys for 1 year olds includes 7 different items that make an unforgettable gift set.

Wooden Montessori Spinning Drum Gift for Babies 6 months to 12 months

Montessori Spinning Drum

The spinning drum is another classic Montessori material that makes a great gift for 1 year olds. Can be used from ages 6 months to 2 years.

shape peg puzzles Montessori Gift for 1 year old

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.

first music set of toys Montessori Gift for 1 year old

First Music Set

As Maria Montessori herself said, “Every human group loves music.” This is a great first music set for a 1 year old with 9 different instruments included.

object permanence box wooden Montessori Gift for 1 year old

Object Permanence Box

An object permanence box is a classic Montessori toy. They have many benefits including fine and gross motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.

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 push toy Montessori Gift for 1 year old

Push Toy

This is a wonderful toy for babies who are newly walking and very active. Once babies begin walking, they begin to focus heavily on developing their gross motor skills, and this push toy aids in that development.

custom family book with pictures Montessori Gift for 1 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.

Tripp Trapp High Chair Great Gift idea for 1 year old in a montessori household

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!

first book of emotions Montessori Gift for 1 year old

First Book of Emotions

This is a board book that introduces the 6 basic facial expressions (happy, sad, angry, surprised, silly, and sleepy) using real images of babies.

pikler triangle climbing set Montessori Gift for 1 year old

Pikler Triangle Set

Climbing toys such as a pikler triangle are often recommended by Montessorians. This is a great gift for a 1 year old that will be used for many years.

monti kids level 4 box for Montessori Gift for 1 year old

Monti Kids Level 4 Box

Monti Kids offers beautiful sets of developmental Montessori toys. The level 4 box is for 1 year olds and includes 6 different materials that will challenge and grow your child.

shape sorter Montessori Gift for 1 year old

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 Montessori Gift for 1 year old

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.

Self Care Station

Mirrors and self care stations are encouraged in Montessori households. There are many benefits to a safe and secure room mirror.

1-Year-Old Play Kit

Lovevery offers 4 different play kits for 1 year olds that offer a variety of Montessori-aligned toys for your toddler. Activities include games, puzzles, toys, and practical life materials.


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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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