Montessori materials for toddlers

If you are looking for Montessori materials for toddlers that your child will actually be interested in, look no further. I have compiled a list of Montessori materials that moms just like you have told me are their favorites.

I surveyed over 100 moms and these are the must-have Montessori materials for toddlers! Get a complete Montessori age-appropriate activity list sent to you by entering your information below.


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One thing I have always struggled with is knowing where to go next with Montessori. I know what my daughter likes now because we have tried and tested so many different things but when she has a growth spurt and is ready for the next thing I have to start all over again.

I thought if I am having this issue other moms must be too! What better way to find out what works than to ask other moms. So I have created a list of tried and tested materials suggested by over 100 moms! These are their top 15 favorites and chances are they will be your child’s favorites too.


Montessori materials for toddlers




Play Silks

Playsilks are truly a bottomless toy chest. There are so many things that children will create with them. Their size and texture make it easy for small hands to fold and tie. Their colors can inspire play using them as grass, sky, or water.



Puzzles promote 3 skills. Physical skills are formed from holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit. Cognitive skills are formed as they solve the problems of a puzzle. Emotional skills are gained from learning patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle. Start with a 3-4 piece puzzle and work your way up!


Schleich Animals

Sparking imaginative play these hand-painted, highly detailed set of animal figurines is sure to be a hit in your home.


Permanence Box

This box will allow an infant or toddler to experience object permanence keeping your child interested for much longer than most materials out there.


Egg Shakers

These will give your little ones hours of fun and encourage toddler musical activities. These are ideal toys as they not only help children develop their rhythm and musical skills, but can also boost attention levels, memory, motor and creative skills.

Horizontal Dowel Toy

Using this horizontal dowel your child will grow their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and patience.


Paints & Easel

Another great way to promote hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, using an easel will also build creative independence.


Screw Block Set

This simple manipulative refines hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and color matching skills.


Balance Beam

Using gross motor skills your toddler will be loving this busy body activity.



Stringing the easily grasped beads promotes eye-hand coordination, fine motor, cognitive and visual perception skills.


Climbing Dome

This is a big toy that several kids can enjoy at the same time. Big toys like the Dome Climber help your child to develop strong muscles and coordination.


River Stone Climbers

The Riverstones are inspired by stepping stones in a river with each side of the triangle varying in steepness and difficulty. Building children’s confidence when jumping, judging distances, coordinating and balancing.


Balance Bike

Boost your child’s confidence by giving him/her a more fun and effective way to learn to ride a bike!  This pedal-free beginner bike allows your child to focus on balance, preparing him/her for a two-wheeler in no time.


Marble Run

This beautiful marble run provides endless creative building possibilities and encourages spatial thinking and problem-solving.


Building Block Set

Your little builder will delight in stacking, building, and knocking down in countless colorful combinations, and you’ll know your child is gaining invaluable practice with fine motor skills and dexterity, color and shape recognition, and pre-math skills.


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There are so many great Montessori materials out there it is hard to decide where to start. You can be sure to find a favorite amongst these tried and tested Montessori materials for toddlers.

What materials are a favorite in your home? Share with us in the comments. 🙂


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Taryn Reply

That marble run is beautiful compared to the plastic one my boys have. And easier to put together for younger hands. Thanks for sharing!!!

    thistoddlerlife Reply

    You’re welcome Taryn! We love Hape products, they have some beautiful wooden musical instruments that get used quite a bit in this house. 🙂

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