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by Cheryl Allen

Gifts should be a joy to give and receive, yet sometimes they can cause us stress. In Montessori, we consider how any item will help the child build themselves into the adult they are meant to be. To invite Montessori into your home and family, consider toys that encourage the child to think creatively and independently; toys that will last longer than the box; and realize that fewer toys that meet these criteria may be more engaging than an over-abundance of toys. We are sharing some ideas for all budgets, mostly from smaller sites, which work for a variety of ages and interests to get you started.

Here are some examples of some Montessori-inspired gifts. The Montessori Foundation is in no way affiliated with any of these companies or products. We just like them. If you are interested in a product, the QR-code or the tiny-URLs will help you find it. You will probably find other companies that offer the same product at more or less cost. You may also find some products that are sold out, you know, because of Covid and shipping delays. Sigh!

A magnifier to examine nature

tinyurl.com/3t5duuy8

Draw portraits of all your friends

tinyurl.com/pef5zdta

Great watercolor paper

tinyurl.com/59yyrey9

Build your own night light

Image is Sound-Activated tinyurl.com/5br2uxz4

Explore with watercolors.

tinyurl.com/3ruhf9yu

Paper Magic

Fold to make members of the animal kingdom. ecokidsusa.com/paper-magic

Puzzle out the work of gears.

tinyurl.com/4nvjk7vf

Toddler step stool

Work together in the kitchen. tinyurl.com/473ubkpr

Learn to tie-dye

A variety of patterns to learn. tinyurl.com/j4y5mw5m

See the roots grow

tinyurl.com/ss7dzhc

Create a catapult

tinyurl.com/4b2b32d9

Color with rock-shaped crayons

tinyurl.com/ysyptymb

Found It! Hunt for items in nature

tinyurl.com/3xy67dy2

Read about inventors

A quarterly magazine. tinyurl.com/6hynfuxb

Spread kindness with tissue paper flowers

tinyurl.com/pumd4xf6

Random Acts Of Kindness Kits

With 26 cards in each. tinyurl.com/4nnv38bp

Sensory Playdough and Sand Kits

A great screen free distraction. tinyurl.com/335fwra4

Measure days with a calendar

tinyurl.com/7f5hhrj4

Storymatic Kids

Nurture creativity. tinyurl.com/vjjmu5ea

Keep treasures after building a safe

tinyurl.com/h8ab23ts

Virtually “Adopt” a creature in need

World Wildlife Fund

Panda

QR Code Adopt an Animal

 

Play the spoons.

A fun find for newbies and professional musicians alike. tinyurl.com/mf2z4x8s

Cook from around the world.

globalgrub.com/products/diy-ravioli-kit

Wobble around

tinyurl.com/cyvsm8y

 

 

Cheryl Allen is the Associate Coordinator of the Montessori Foundation Family Network and is also a parenting educator and a Montessori consultant with the Montessori Foundation. After some time as a traditional secondary teacher, she worked in Montessori classrooms, earning certifications from both AMS (3-6 and 6-9) and IMC (6-12). She is a teacher educator, workshop presenter, and member of IMC accreditation teams.

Cheryl McCabe-Allen
Cheryl McCabe-Allen

Cheryl Allen is lead teacher at NewGate School, The Montessori Foundation’s Lab School in Sarasota, FL. As a child, Cheryl attended a Montessori school from age 2 through the 3rd grade. She earned her BA in History from Georgetown University and her Masters in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston. Cheryl is an AMS certified Early Childhood and Elementary Montessori teacher, holds IMC certification in advanced elementary Montessori education. She is also a Montessori teacher trainer.