The Best Montessori Birthday Gifts For Toddlers
Montessori is getting very popular and a lot of parents prefer to have Montessori toys in their home instead of flashy, noise-making, plastic toys. Hence, for birthday shopping you might need to do a little research if you want to buy Montessori approved birthday gifts. But do not fear, we have created a small Montessori gift guide for 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds to help you with shopping!
First things first, what is Montessori? Montessori is a method of teaching that is based on the ideas of self-directed play, hands-on learning and play through collaboration. The objective is that children make creative choices through age-appropriate activities to guide them. A lot of Montessori toys are made of wood or other natural materials and encourage open-ended play meaning that the child has more than one option of how to use them and use their imagination. Also in Montessori, the concept of less is more is important, so instead of having loads and loads of toys stuffed in a toy box, it´s common to display fewer, but higher quality toys, on shelves where the child can see which toys they have.
So, let´s look at 5 age-appropriate birthday ideas for 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds!
5 Montessori birthday ideas for 1-year-olds
This classic toy is always a good idea! It teaches kids about shapes, colors and fitting certain shaped in holes.
This is a very simple toy set where the kid has to hammer certain shapes through little holes.
Wooden cars, helicopters, planes or busses are all Montessori approved, are usually very pretty and allow for imaginative play.
An all-time favorite as well and makes for a great birthday gift!
Wooden puzzles can be a great introduction to shapes and colors.
5 Montessori birthday ideas for 2-year-olds
This is perfect for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Let the toddler practice with zippers, buttons, ties etc.
Another wooden stacker but this one also allows to start practicing with numbers.
Perfect to learn the theory of balance and differences in weight.
Fun wooden toy to practice with different locks and doors.
5 Montessori birthday ideas for 3-year-olds
With the different shapes, the toddler can create different forms of animals, people, vehicles etc.
To start practicing with letters and simple words.
There are plenty of fun nature material puzzles for toddlers.
This puzzle is to stimulate problem-solving and logic skills.
Let their imagination flow and create their own colorful tree.
That´s it for now, which one is your favorite? Would love to read about it in the comments below!