Welcome to my Montessori Christmas Gift Guide Series for 2018. Which is the ultimate unique Montessori gift ideas for babies and toddlers. So if you are a huge Montessori fan, just like I am, you’ll absolutely love this series!
Also, some toys can be unisex, but it tends to lean more towards boyish ones.
In today’s article, I’ll be sharing some of our Montessori favourites for older babies or toddlers – 12 to 18 months old.
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You can never go wrong with a good old wooden car! Boys (not necessarily though, some girls love cars too) love them no matter their age. And if you ask them, they’ve never got enough cars in their toy collection. haha
My son played with one of these Racing Tracks at a baby group that we’re going at quite often. He loved it so much and it kept him very busy for a while. That’s why I bought one as a Christmas present. When he will get older, I’ll switch the cars to marbles. I thought it’s such a great idea!
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Puzzles are very fun and interactive toys for toddlers, even though they don’t know where all the pieces go. Toddlers love to experiment and they are absolutely fascinated whenever they throw something on the floor. That what they do to the puzzle boards as well. They just love turning them over and watch the pieces fall onto the floor.
Besides all this fun, here’s what they develop & learn through playing with these toys:
- cognitive skills
- fine motor development
- problem-solving skills
- hand-eye coordination
- brain development
Wooden Leaf Puzzle
This handmade leaf puzzle is amazing! Found it on Etsy. There’s so much attention to details. What a great way of learning about nature for your baby? It’s also a GREEN product – meaning that its materials are eco-friendly and bio. This is always a bonus when it comes to children’s toys, especially if they can put them in their mouths.
Personalised Name Puzzle Board
These name boards are amazing! I love that your little one can learn his name! Woodinout have so so many designs on their Etsy shop. It’s so hard to make a choice.
Animal Body Match Maze
I bought to my son a very similar animal maze. To be honest with you he doesn’t really get it, he doesn’t know how it works, but he plays with it a lot. I guess it’s a matter of time before he figures it out.
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Sorting & Stacking
These toys are not only perfect to develop fine motor skills but to flourish early language development. Besides, it’s fun too.
These type of toys come in various shapes, forms and sizes, making it too difficult to choose.
At least, for me it was.
Because I love to support the handmade and DIY industry, I also included some of these. Hope you’ll find something that you’ll like.
Wooden Colour Sorting Car
This is one of those unusual cars that you can’t find in your local shop. I love that it combines both educational & fun activities.
Makes it perfect for any toddler willing to learn colours and counting while playing.
Who doesn’t like that?!
Counting Shape Stacker
Another fun and colourful toy, perfect if you want your toddler to learn colours and numbers. Simple but very intuitive. I’ve added this to my shopping list.
Rainbow Geometry Bricks
When I first saw this one I wasn’t sure what it was. After a closer look, I realised that’s very similar to a puzzle. Maybe it’s a little bit advanced for this age group, but you can give it a try. It’s brilliant as a decoration in the baby’s room.
Shape Sorting Cube
We already own this toy and I can guarantee that it’s super interactive and fun for your toddler. My son doesn’t know where to put them yet, but he’s trying almost all the holes to see whether it fits or not. We also showed him that he can stack them so he spends minutes making little towers.
We have a ring stacker in our toy collection and A loves it! To be honest with you I bought it from our local supermarket, super cheap.
That’s what I recommend you do too.
But if you are looking for something fancier or just more special, this is what I would go for.
Activity Boards & Toys
In this category, you are going to find all the toys that keep any toddler busy for a little while. We all know that you can’t keep a toddler still for more than 15-20 minutes. These are perfect for travelling, on a plane, or when you have some work to do in the kitchen.
Quiet book for toddlers
These are the perfect “keep your toddler busy” kind of book, hence the name of these – quiet book. I love how cool and cute these books are.
However, I have to warn you, depending on the size, these can get really expensive. But they make a special gift for a special boy or girl. So it’s so worth it!
Here’s another toy for keeping your child busy. It has lots of things to play with and your child will never get bored of it.
I found this on Etsy that can be used as a night lamp as well.
How cool is that?
We have something very similar to this one here and I have to say that I am very impressed by how entertained my son is by this activity board. He loves his little school with tiny toys. These boards are another cool way of introducing new words and stimulate speech development.
Building toys are meant to help your child develop fine motor skills, improve creativity, mental stimulation and flourish math and vocabulary skills. In short – all the good stuff your baby needs to exceed later in life.
You can never go wrong with building blocks! Nowadays, the market is full of them, all you have to do is choose one. I am going to repeat what I said about the ring stacker – another cheap toy that you can find at literally every corner. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on them unless you want to offer it as a gift for someone.
Honestly, it took me 16 months to buy a building set for my son. Why? Because I had a Jenga game at my house. So I found it pointless. The only reason why I bought one of him is colours and shapes. haha
Not sure if this is even Montessori toy, but I wanted to include it here as it’s very popular. Duplo from Lego is specially designed for smaller children – from 12 months onwards. It has bigger pieces and does not come with small parts that can be a choking hazard for small children.
We have the one from the picture and I love it!
My son plays a lot with it and it’s so fun to recreate these figurines.
Magnetic Building Blocks
Another building toy that might be a little too advanced for a 12-month-old toddler, but it doesn’t matter.
It’s so fun to play with magnets.
At least my son loves magnets. I bought him a magnetic board with magnetic letters, numbers and animals. He loves them so much!
So that’s the main reason why I wanted to include these in here.
Here you’ll find some other awesome toys that didn’t have a certain category to fall into. These are perfect to learn and explore the real world through toys and play.
This toy is perfect for any little boy. A loves to play with daddy’s tools, therefore some toy tools are a must-have in our home.
Musical instruments are super important in your toddler’s life. They ignite all the areas of your child’s development and skills through which body and mind work together in order to learn more about words, sounds, rhythm and lots others. So it’s always a good idea to incorporate them into your toddler’s life.
I found a cute and fun way to teach your toddler about fruits and veggies. He can see them, touch them and even “eat” them if he wants to.
Play Tea Set
This is more for girls if you ask me. I find it so cool to be able to replicate something from the real life into imaginative or pretend play.
Plus it’s a wonderful activity to do as a family while all sitting at the table enjoying a cup of tea.
Wooden Kitchen Treasure Basket
I love the idea of a good sensory basket for your toddler to discover. This is a great way of introducing them to new items and learn new words. I used to do these when my son was around 10-11 months of age. I enjoyed watching him playing and discovering the things I put into his basket.
That’s everything I had to share with you at the moment. I hope you managed to find something in here that inspired you. I am also planning to update it quite regularly, so please make sure that you are coming back for more Montessori related gift ideas.
If you have any other ideas, please share them in the comments, I’d love to read them.
Until next time take care & stay beautiful!
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