Montessori principles and education are near to my heart, so it’s always exciting to be able to pour my passion into a blog post, and what better way than to create a gift guide? Since it’s the holiday and shopping season, I thought it would be appropriate to help narrow down your choices with my recommendations for some Montessori-inspired educational toys. Don’t be turned off…even though you may have no experience with Montessori education or Montessori toys, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by my recommendations. You may even see some familiar items!
These Montessori gifts will not be electronic, battery-operated, plastic toys. They are beautiful, natural wooden toys that will last for years to come. These toys inspire your little one’s mind, body, and spirit through imaginative play.
The goal is to provide children with toys they can play with independently. Not unsupervised (in case something has small parts) but without the help of a parent. The toys should encourage the child to move, dress up, explore, and really play with the toys without structured “rules” or “guidelines”. During the play with the toy, the child is also learning other important skills: fine-motor skills, sorting, learning colors, counting, grabbing, scooping, etc. Montessori also encourages toys that allow the child to help the adults. For example, a small broom and dustpan means they can help you sweep. This ability to help you with everyday tasks increases their self-belief and self-confidence.