Montessori gift ideas perfect for kids of all ages

Looking for a way to incorporate Montessori into your home?


Then this list of Montessori gift ideas is PERFECT for you (and your child)!

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These Montessori product gift ideas are not only for the holiday season, but are great for birthday’s as well! Unlike other gift ideas, this post features Montessori products that will make for great gift ideas. These products are geared for those interested in introducing and incorporating Montessori based practices and principles into their home.




Montessori in the home

Although The Montessori Method was initially formed for classroom experiences, over the years the method has adapted to societal changes, and can positively be used in the home and in your parenting.

Incorporating Montessori ideas, practices and principles does not have to be difficult. When choosing Montessori products to add to your home, simply remember a few of the basic Montessori principles of making sure items are child led, follow your child’s developmental abilities, and that foster your child’s independence.



Related post: 5 Key tips on Implementing Montessori at Home



The Montessori Difference

What is the Montessori difference? In case you were wondering, there is a difference between Montessori products and other toys/products that are commercially sold.

Montessori products differ from other products in that they:

  • are mostly made of natural wood
  • do not have sounds or music
  • have little to no color
  • promote child led learning objectives
  • foster the natural development of the child


If you are looking to expose your child to true, authentic Montessori experiences, then I would suggest following the above listed characteristics when searching for Montessori products to add to your home.



Montessori gift ideas PERFECT for kids of all ages

This gift guide is divided into three main categories; Infant and Toddler, Preschool and Elementary. That way, you can easily find Montessori products that fit your child’s individual needs and interests!


Infant and Toddler Montessori products

These Montessori products are geared for children six months to two years old.


1. Object Permanence Box




The object permanence box is a Montessori material that is introduced to infants once they can sit up independently, at approximately 6–12 months of age. This material aids in the child’s development of object permanence, while also honing in on their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, focus, and concentration.



2. Toddler Coin Box



The Toddler Coin Box is for children from 6-24 months, and teaches not only about object permanence but will also develop and improve fine motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination.



3. Wooden Baby Activity Gym




The Wooden Baby Activity Gym Montessori activity encourages early motor skills while giving infants something to hold on to and items to manipulate.



4. Wooden Teether Toys



The Wooden Teether Toys are great for infants to use. The small finger size design makes this the perfect grasping teething toy for infants, and helps promote eye hand coordination and fine motor skills.



5. Wooden Toddler Sensory Board




The Wooden Toddler Sensory Board has ten activities that helps toddlers to develop fine motor skills. Allows toddlers to practice hand-eye coordination using real world challenges. Or just give them quiet time to focus on the natural learning activities of the sensory board.



6. Toddler Knobbed Cylinders




The Toddler Knobbed Cylinders helps with visual discrimination of high and low & big and small. The large wooden knobs provide for easy grasping, and through observation, logical reasoning, analysis and other forms of thinking, help children learn to reason and draw conclusions.



Preschool Montessori products

These Montessori products are geared for children three to five years old.


7. Nuts and Bolts Board


The Nuts and Bolts Board will help teach children the Practical Life Skills of using a screw driver, wrench and Allen wrench. This board will also teach hand eye coordination while promoting and developing fine motor skills.


8. Wooden Tray Locks



9. Float or Sink

The Float or Sink activity gives children the chance to use real life objects to experiment with to see which ones sink to the bottom or float to the top of the water.


10. Sorting attribute activity

The Sorting attribute activity allows children to reinforce the observation that objects come in different sizes, colors, and shapes.


11. Folding activity


The Folding activity provide children a chance to practice folding, gain confidence, and then apply folding skills to towels, cloths, and clothes in their every day environment.


Elementary Montessori products

These Montessori products are geared for children six to eight years old.


12. Woodworking/Building


Children can use their woodworking and building skills to create and decorate a birdfeeder. This activity is a great way for older children to use motor skills, eye hand coordination and following directions skills.


13. Rocks and Minerals

This Rocks and Minerals set has sixty rocks and mineral specimens, and comes with an E-book that covers the study of rocks, minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, layers of the Earth, weathering, and more! The E-book also includes lab sheets, charts, and graphs and lessons.


14. Knitting Loom


With the Quick Knit Loom, children can experience the rewards of loom knitting by creating their own pompom hat and cup-cozy. This is a great fine motor and eye hand coordination activity for older children.


15. Embroidery activity set

The Embroidery activity set requires precise motor control and concentration, and is a great activity for older children to practice stitching and refine fine motor skill development.



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What to take from this

One of the most important factors to take from this Montessori product gift guide list is to keep in mind the Montessori difference when choosing items for your child. Not all products are Montessori; and although manufacturers may state that their products are “Montessori based” or “Montessori inspired”, use your best judgement when selecting products for your child.  If your goal is to follow Montessori principles and practices, remember the characteristics of the Montessori difference so that you can provide as close to an authentic Montessori environment for your child as you can.



Have any favorites from the list? Share them in the comments!


Until next time!

Anitra J.


  1. Great gift ideas! My kids would love the Nuts and bolts board! The Toddler Coin Box is pretty awesome too! What kid doesn’t love putting money in a slot!

    1. Anitra says:

      Thanks Crystal! I’m glad you enjoyed the Montessori product recommendations!

  2. These ideas are so great! I really love the toddler sensory board and the nuts and bolts board. I know my son would love them!

  3. Aww, these are so cute little ideas. The wooden baby gym and toddler coin box are my favourite.

  4. I’m a huge fan of wooden toys. These are fantastic ideas and I love the little loom.

  5. These are great gift ideas. My kids would love some of them.

  6. I loved these ideas! I plan on getting a few for my kids this Christmas.

  7. I like that these toys encourage kids to learn and do good things while they are having fun.

  8. Love this list. Particularly the wood sensory board!

  9. Great gift suggestions! The rocks and minerals set would be a huge hit with my 8-year-old. Thanks!

  10. I love all of these! Love that a lot of these toys are made of wood, so more eco-friendly!

  11. I really enjoy montessori Learning for my son! I love how engaging and thoughtful he is when playing.

  12. Wow! I love how beautiful and high quality the activities are. The locks and keys one looks particularly fun!

  13. All the items will be a great gift to kids to have fun and at the same time it will help them in their development. I loved the loom kit, it looks so cute.

  14. Alyssa Tijerina says:

    I love all the different toy types! Some of these I wouldn’t have thought of myself. Thanks for sharing!

  15. My preschool class loves would toys. Thank you for the suggestions not only for gifts but for my classroom!

  16. I absolutely love the concept between montessori toys for children. Mixing fun and learning is a win-win! I had never seen the folding activity toy…love that! I also feel the knitting loom is something that gets looked over with all the other toys out there, yet when introduced to children they ALWAYS love it! Great list of gift ideas!

  17. These are all great gift ideas! My nephew would love the wooden tray locks and the nuts and bolts board!

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