For years, I have stopped buying plastic toys to invest in eco-friendly, educational Montessori toys that are well-made, durable, and fit our minimalist style.
I believe that hands-on activities can have a positive, long-term impact on childhood education. In order to save cost and materials, I try to DIY as many interactive resources that I can. However, I don’t have time or skills to make everything, so I have elected to buy some learning products and Montessori toys for my children.
This post is the second of a 4-part gift guide series:
- 5 Reasons Books are the Best Gift for Multilingual Kids
- Favorite Educational Montessori Toys from Etsy
- Ultimate Gift Guide for Kids Learning Chinese!
- 10 Best Toys For Children That Promote Creativity and Learning
This post has Etsy and Amazon affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for further details. All items were purchased on my own, with the exception of the following which were gifted by the Etsy shop owner:
- Number 1: Numbers puzzle by Treasures from Jennifer
- Number 7: Music Note Puzzle by Mirus Toys.
Best Educational Montessori Toys on Etsy
Here is a list of our favorite Montessori inspired learning toys from Etsy with examples of how we have used them!
Most of these products are appropriate for ages 3-6, but please consider the developmental level of your individual child.
Each hyperlink will take you to the relevant Etsy shop!
1. 0-9 Numbers Wood Puzzle (From Jennifer)
This is a fantastic puzzle for children of all ages. Even infants who are too young to read can still benefit from holding the numbers and becoming familiar with the shapes!
Typically, I present the puzzle incomplete as shown above. This way the child has an incentive to finish the puzzle!
2. Home Perpetual Wood Calendar (From Jennifer)
Although we have a free calendar printable in English and Chinese, I couldn’t help but get a beautiful wood calendar board for my daughter’s birthday.
This is a quality calendar that can be passed down generations. I am grateful that this shop creates products in multiple languages!
3. 1-10 Number Reversible Tracing Board (From Jennifer)
This beautiful wood board comes with wooden balls and a wood tracing stick. However, the beauty of this board is that you can use any loose parts for learning!
Using flowers to teach math
Above an example of how we used flowers from our yard to learn the concept of even and odd numbers!
Fine motor counting exercise with pom poms
The above photos show a fun way to set up fine motor and number practice with pom poms! We used these colorful 0.4″ pompoms for this number board.
To present this activity, you can add pom poms and the board in a tray. I put a limited amount of pom poms corresponding to a number to teach 1:1 correspondance.
Wooden balls – open-ended learning materials!
The included wooden balls are show in this next photo. My daughter was making a beehive with them! I love that these products have room for creativity – this is the beauty of open-ended learning materials!
4. 1-10 Chinese Numbers Reversible Board (From Jennifer)
I’m so excited that my favorite Etsy store, From Jennifer, has expanded her products to include other languages!
Although my daughter already knows Chinese numbers, I think it’s important to have products in our minority language so that it’s a part of our home life. The wood is sanded smoothly and has no rough edges or sharp corners.
5. Korean Hangul Alphabet Wood Tracing Board (From Jennifer)
Since my kids are also learning Korean, I felt strongly about ordering the Hangul Alphabet wood tracing board!
If you are able to, I would recommend getting the letters as separate blocks rather than combined in a big board. Separate tracing boards would allow your child to focus on one letter at at time. However, the price for individual tracing boards is considerably more expensive.
The board is much more than a tracing board! You can use pom poms as shown with the other tracing boards or rice as a sensory activity!
We made rainbow rice with expired rice, a few drops of food coloring, and 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar.
6. Wood Montessori Hundred Board (From Jennifer)
I initially was not planning on getting a Hundred Board since my daughter loves to use our free printable Hundred Chart. But since I know how much she loves our other number boards, I knew we would get a lot of use from this wood Hundred board. It’s a great way to strengthen fine motor skills while working on color patterns as well as counting and skip counting practice!
In my opinion, this board is better than the traditional Montessori Hundred board because it comes with colorful wool balls or wood balls.
If you prefer a free Hundred Chart, see our Montessori Hundred Chart to download our printable in English, Chinese, and Korean! The printable also serves as a control for number placement.
7. Music Note Fraction Puzzle (Mirus Toys)
My daughter’s new favorite puzzle combines her love of music and math! The natural wood music notes puzzle also teaches children the relationship between different beats in fraction form.
The only downside is that the fraction numbers are difficult to see. I would prefer if they were solid font rather than block font.
8. Wooden Geometry and Multiplication Boards (From Jennifer)
This high set of reversible wood geometry boards and multiplication circles is so unique and educational! This is a fantastic teaching tool for shape/pattern recognition and basic math skills.
Of all the products listed in this article, this one has the widest age range and would be useful in the lower elementary school years!
See 10+ Math Resources for Children Learning Chinese for more math resources.
9 and 10. Montessori Nuts and Bolts Board and Montessori screwdriver board (MOMtessoriLife)
For practical life skills, both my -year-old practices twisting the screws and nuts onto the bolts with this board from Momtessori.
The nuts and bolts board is well-designed, with 4 different sizes in order arranged large to small. These nuts fit with the screws in the screwdriver board.
We also ordered this set for practical life and fine motor skills, and my kids are in awe of the “cute baby screwdriver”.
If the above boards are out of stock or you want to compare prices, this 3-in-1 screwdriver board from Indigogame is very similar!
11. Wooden Montessori toy clock (From Jennifer)
I really love this simple wood clock toy!
Initially, I was not sure if I should get it since we already had two other clock toys. But this one is to the point, beautifully made, and fits right in a child’s hand.
Other clock toys have shapes and other things that distract from learning about time. This neutral wood clock toy is the one that truly helped my daughter understand how to tell time!
See Teach Kids Time with Simple, Hands-On Clock Activities for more clock learning activities!
12. Wood Science Puzzles (Mirus Toys)
If you’re looking for science materials, definitely check out the lovely Etsy store MirusToys.
My daughter loves these beautiful puzzles about the carbon and water cycles which come with information cards.
One downside is that there are no controls for the puzzle, so I suggest taking a photo of it so your child can use it as needed for reference.
13. USA & Continents Tracing Board (From Jennifer)
We love our beautiful Montessori Geography Map Board! This wood board is reversible with USA on one side and the world continents on the opposite side. The store also offers Canada and Africa map boards as well.
See Montessori Geography Printables and Hands-On Materials for Kids for more geography resources.
14. Montessori Number Counting Board (Mirus Toys)
We have the 1-10 board as well as the 11-20 board form Mirus Toys. The beautiful and educational counting board matches the traditional Montessori bead colors perfectly (eg, 1 red bead, 2 green beads, 3 pink beads etc).
My daughter has the colors scheme memorized and knew exactly where the beads went when we got the boards. This is very helpful for learning how to count, notice patterns, and practice addition and subtraction.
15. Montessori Felt World Map (Em Is Crafty)
Both kids have a blast with this large felt world map! The colors are consistent with Montessori geography materials, and the kids like putting their toy animals on the map!
16. Sensory Bin Scoops and Tongs (Montessori Restore)
My kids love these adorable mini scoops and tongs! These are perfect for sensory bins with dry rice or dry beans!
17. Pikler climbing triangle (Lily and River)
My kids love climbing and sliding on the pikler climbing triangle! This is such a fun way for kids to get their energy out when stuck indoors. They also love pretending that it’s a tent and hiding under it as shown in the above picture!
Which of these Montessori toys do we like best?
Among all of these options, I would not hesitate to say that the perpetual calendar (number 2) and the hundred board (number 6) are the favorites. These Montessori inspired toys are the most versatile and will provide the most long-term use!
I hope this list helps you find educational toys that your family loves and learns from!
Best open-ended toys for children
If your are looking for high quality, educational puzzles, check out our favorite wood Montessori puzzles.
And if your looking for educational toys, here our list of top 10 open-ended toys for creativity and learning!
Montessori Inspired Learning at Home
If you’d like to see how we have set up our Montessori-inspired home learning environment, here is our detailed homeschool tour.
For crafty or semi-crafty parents, check out our Hands-on Activities Library which is organized by topic!
Bilingual Montessori Facebook Group!
For families interested in Chinese learning in a Montessori-friendly environment, please join our Facebook group!
Montessori-inspired Kids Learning Chinese is a great community of parents all over the world sharing Chinese book recommendations and Montessori tips and learning materials.