Great Gifts for Montessori Kids

What games, toys and books do Montessori kids like?

A few ideas are listed here, recommended by some of our current K-through-3rd grade students and their families. Please add your favorites in the comments field below. 

Puzzles, Building Blocks, and Games

KataminosThe puzzle pieces are composed of five single cubes, recalling the way Montessori beads are used to teach skip counting and geometry. Game play is broken down into categories of difficulty to engage players of all ages

Citiblocs: Recommended by, this wood block building set provides no connectors and no gimmicks, just physics, to inspire creativity and fine motor skills practice.

Pattern Play: Combining art, creativity, and math, this colorful puzzle and patterns game also teaches kids spatial relations, teamwork, and fractions.

Chess Teacher: This specially-designed chess set, which has been extremely popular in the Leopard Lily classroom (Lower Elementary grades 1-3) this year, features the directions for how to move printed on the base of each piece.

Kracie Poppin: These candy-making sets from Japan take "practical life" to a fantastical dimension. Fair warning: if you can't read Japanese, you may need to search YouTube for instruction videos.

Kid O Cursive Magna Tab: Cursive practice with ball bearings and magnets has a very satisfying feel for small hands on this analog tablet toy.


The kids in the Sunflower classroom (Lower Elementary, grades 1-3) have been enjoying these early-reader compilations:

The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books

The Big Green Book of Beginner Books

My Big Beginner Book of Books About Me

This book is a parent and kid favorite: The Red Lemon

And this book, CD and DVD set endures the test of time, as evidenced by the 35th Anniversary editions: Free to Be You and Me Book, Free to Be You and Me CD, Free to Be You and Me DVD


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