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Best Montessori Toys for Toddlers

Montessori toys have been gaining in popularity, and rightfully so. As a (multiple) toddler mom, I’ll be the first to admit that my kids have had their fair share of a variety of toys. Out of all they’ve played with, it’s the ones that are more Montessori-like that stand out the best.

Ten best Montessori toys for toddlers.

What are Montessori toys?

Simply put, these toys are designed with the natural creativity and exploration of a child in mind. They are toys that can be held, touched, and manipulated (or can be combined) to make something else.

You’ll find that most of these toys are made of wood, cotton, wool, ceramic, or rock because they help connect children to nature.

Overall, Montessori toys do not overwhelm the child. It has a purpose. And, it is rooted in reality.

Best Montessori Toys for Toddlers

12 Piece Safari Animal Set

This set includes a diverse variety of safari animal figures, including giraffes, zebras, elephants, tigers, lions, rhinos, zebras, and more.

They’re made from a durable material to help withstand the ongoing play from little hands. Give your child a head start on vocabulary development by having them learn all the names the animals of the safari kingdom.

Montessori Busy Board

This Montessori-inspired toddler busy board helps promote hands-on learning, basic skills and fine motor development.

It features 9 buckles, ties and buttons and gives kids the opportunity to learn and practice essential dressing skills at their own pace while playing.

International Wooden Music Set

This adorable set includes: 1 tambourine, 1 castanet, 1 hand drum, 2 hand bells, 1 maracas, 1 flute, 1 wooden block with stick, 1 wood sounder with stick and 1 chime bar with stick.

Your kids will enjoy learning about different cultures from across the world with this set. As a special bonus, the set includes a cotton drawstring bag for carrying convenience.

Climbing Pikler Triangle Ladder

Have a climber on hand? This uniquely designed wooden triangle would be the perfect addition to your toddler’s toy stash.

The climbing triangle ladder is made of high-quality pine and natural material, making it very durable. It can be quickly assembled and convenient to use.

Melissa & Doug Dust, Sweep, Mop Set

This cleaning set was created to motivate your child to model independence and use their imagination to have fun.

Each cleaning tool gives them an imagined role and pretend task to try.

This colorful, kid-sized set looks just like the real thing and includes a wooden pretend play broom, mop, duster, brush, and organizing stand.

The red dustpan conveniently clips into all handles.

Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards

The Melissa & Doug pattern blocks and boards classic toy is a set of 120 wooden blocks in various shapes and colors, inspiring kids to assemble colorful patterns on 5 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.

Spinning Alphabet Manipulative Blocks

This spinning alphabet manipulative block set will help your toddler learn three-letter words with ease. They are the perfect size for toddler hands and covers the basic CVC words of each vowel-point category.

Montessori Peg Number Board Set 1-10

Improve your kid’s ability to learn numbers and count while enhancing their fine motor skills.

They’ll be learning through play and developing hand-eye coordination.

This peg set will help them recognize and learn the written numerical symbols, count from 1-10 and develop a representation of numbers. 

Montessori Screw Driver Board for Kids

The Montessori Screw Board will help teach kids the practical life skill of using a screwdriver, while also fostering hand-eye coordination and small motor skills.

This set comes with five different types of screws and accompanying supplied tools for removal.

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Play Set

The Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Playset features 24 magnetic pieces that help kids visualize the body’s systems and organs.

It features anatomically correct magnets for boys and girls, along with a wooden stand for easy use.

It also promotes hand-eye coordination, creative expression, and imaginative play.

Are Montessori toys better?

While there may not be a such thing as the perfect toy, Montessori toys are some of the best.

Why?

You’ll find that majority of these toys are made of natural materials, such as wood, making them healthy, safe, durable, and inspiring to kids.

Montessori toys help children focus, promote creativity, and naturally explore.

Not to mention, the durability of these toys means less toys needing to be purchased.

Lastly, Montessori toys are a quiet and natural introduction to the real world and academically-based concepts.

A wooden peg set toy.

Why Are There No Plastic Toys in Montessori?

The idea behind teaching and learning with the Montessori method is utilizing natural, healthy and safe methods that are inherently healthy and safe for them to play with.

Plastic toys aren’t always BPA-free, may contain phthalates, PVC or other chemicals that aren’t always a safe play toy for your children to be learning and playing with.

So, you won’t often find plastic toys for children in a Montessori learning space.

Wooden toys are also more durable. They’re more sustainable, eco-friendly, more cost-effective in the long run, are biodegradable and overall a better choice than their plastic alternative.

Are Melissa and Doug Toys Montessori Toys?

They’re not specifically made with Montessori in mind, but they are made with good quality materials, attention to great detail and are made with the similar values and teaching approach that Montessori uses.