If you’re looking for some Montessori aligned gift ideas for the holidays this year, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve picked our top 2022 Montessori toys and materials for each age group. I’ve been shopping already for my 5-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter, 4-year old niece, and 8-year-old niece and nephew!
Below we have organized our ideas by age group.
Best Montessori Gifts for Babies 0-12 Months
Baby Play Kits 0 – 12 Months
Lovevery offers 6 different play kits for babies that offer a variety of Montessori-aligned materials for your infant.
Object Permanence Box
An object permanence box is a classic Montessori toy for babies 6-12 months. They have many benefits including fine and gross motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
Wooden Motor Development Set
These Montessori wooden baby toys promote fine motor and gross motor development and are very satisfying for babies. They are used from about 4 months+ when babies begin to reach for and grab things. They are used for auditory and tactile stimulation for young infants. All these items are made with non-toxic materials.
This sensory ball has 8 different sections with various textures and sounds for babies to explore. Our favorite part about this one is that it’s machine washable.
For even more ideas for your baby, check out our complete Montessori Gift Guide for Babies.
Best Montessori Gifts for 1-Year-Olds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For even more ideas for your 1-year-old, check out our complete Montessori Gift Guide for 1-Year-Olds.
Best Montessori Gifts for 2-Year-Olds
Wooden Lacing Set
This set of lacing beads is designed for young toddlers that have not yet developed their pincer grasp to the point of holding a little thread. This set has 1 string connected to a wood needle. The 12 beads and rings each have a large hole to easily fit the needle through.
Self Care Station
Mirrors and self care stations are encouraged in Montessori households. There are many benefits to a safe and secure room mirror.
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.
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 Barn with Animals
This barn set includes 7 realistic looking animals, a wooden ladder, and a folding corral.
For even more ideas for your 2-year-old, check out our complete Montessori Gift Guide for 2-Year-Olds.
Best Montessori Gifts for 3-Year-Olds
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Best Montessori Gifts for Preschoolers (4, 5, and 6 Year-Olds)
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.
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 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
For even more ideas for your preschooler, check out our complete Montessori Gift Guide for Preschoolers.
I hope you found some great ideas to get started on all your Christmas and holiday shopping for 2022!
For even more ideas, check out all of our Montessori Gift Guides, divided by age group.