I often get asked where I buy Montessori materials for my children, what I consider Montessori essentials, what handmade items are best for those that prefer handcrafted materials, etc. Below is a list of materials, resources and toys I sincerely recommend. Most are items I personally purchase or that are on my wish list, while some are from companies that are overseas I don’t regularly buy from, because I live in Australia and cost of shipping is too high.
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Floor bed – Normally from 0-3 m baby co-sleeps with his or her parents in a moses basket. After that often child is transitioned to floor bed. It is very common attribute of Montessori nursery. Many choose to place single or double mattress on a floor instead. I simply used a single size wooden bed frame, cut off legs and placed it on the floor with a mattress on top. It felt more comfortable in oppose to just using mattress. Recently, I came across article that linked SIDS to toxic chemicals in mattresses. You can read more about it here and here. If you decide to co-sleep and would like to invest into a non-toxic mattress for the whole family, here is a great option. We found a polyethylene mattress cover for our mattress before we can invest in a healthier version. For those who prefer to use traditional crib, read this article – a great guide to finding an organic mattress for your baby. Here is a crib mattress cover that protects babies from dangerous toxins in a crib. More about connection between SIDS and mattresses in this book. This information is for educational purposes only. It does not provide medical advice. Information shared here is meant to encourage you to make your own decisions based upon your own research.
Wall mirror and pull-up bar – Acrylic mirror is a perfect solution for babies at home and for putting up in classrooms. Pull-up bar is very easy to make with handle bar.This two-part mirror also includes a pull-up bar is certainly on my wish list.
Mobiles – These will be your baby’s first toys. With right tools and online tutorials you can make your own. You also can buy a great handmade set for babies 0-4 mo from here and here.Once baby reaches grasping stage – this bell mobile helps him or her develop necessary skills.
Baby Weaning – Weaning the Montessori way with child-size furniture – is an important stage of child’s growth and step towards independence. You can buy a handmade table and chair set plus learning towerin one which is great for helping in the kitchen.
Baby’s First Books – Since babies can only see black and white shades at birth, books with black and white pictures are recommended for young infants. Handmade books are great for sensory experience, you can get baby books made with organic cotton here.
Low Wall – Art I found these pictures very clear and attractive.
Living in Australia, the best option for me by far was to order books from Book Depository. Normally they have the best prices and deliver world wide for free. Delivery usually takes about 1,5 – 2 weeks.Amazon is another great option. Montessori classroom has abundance of realistic, engaging, colourful books that are filled with knowledge for children. Our favourite toddler books can be found here and list of books for preschoolers can be found here. There are two books that I would like to recommend for very beginners to learn more about setting up your home the Montessori way: Montessori At Home Guide For Children 0-2 and Montessori At Home Guide for Children 2-6. These two books are written by educators, but also parents who have a very practical advice for those who would like to implement Montessori with their children.
Montessori Online E-Courses
Setting Up Your Home Montessori-Style a 4-week online workshop by The Montessori Notebook. A four week online workshop that will really help you to focus on improving your spaces at home.
Do you have some ideas about Montessori but get lost where to start at home?
Do you see other people’s homes and feel frustrated that yours could do with some improvement?
Are you trying to get your kids to pack away and find interesting activities for them but it’s not really working?
Join Setting Up Your Home Montessori-Style online workshop to address all of those issues and more.
Why to use a Montessori approach at home
An easy 5-step approach to tackling your spaces
Elements of the space
The living room
Art & craft
Types of activities to include
Siblings & visitors
Small spaces and storage
Montessori Nature offers educational materials in PDF digital format. I create printables for children 0-6 years of age. I often get messages from people asking me why my printables are at such low prices. I love to keep it this way. They are mainly aimed for homeschooling families and teachers who often have a tight budget. Subscribers get great discounts on my new materials and great deals. Sign up below to find out more and to get notifications about amazing $1 deals. Visit my store here>> Montessori Nature Educational Printables.
7 Continents A-Z – is a brilliant Geography bundle of printables from Trillium Montessori. I recommend people to get hold of this incredible set of printables – a true labour of love. These are a great addition for children to learn about our world using colourful and engaging printable cards.
Montessori materials created by Marnie – Carrots Are Orange. You will find wonderful ebooks and printables on various topics.
Toddler Tower – This kitchen helper is great for assisting child’s independence in the kitchen. It is also easy to fold and store when not used.
Tables and chairs – It is important to get good quality, solid furniture that will last a while . We use table and chair similar to this in our classroom for 3-6 yo.
Work Shelf – Low shelving is perfect for kids. I recommend these shelves. They seem to have perfect neutral colour and look very functional. Here is the perfect set for Montessori classroom: low shelves, corner shelves, book display and dress-up unit.
Montessori Inspiration At Home – Practical Life Skills – Toddler Series is a wonderful resources for parents and those who are new to Montessori. In this ebook you will find practical suggestions for implementing practical life activities with young children at home and in the classroom. There are helpful guidelines and checklists, explicit instructions accompanied by many photos of children working at home.
In the kitchen – Montessori homes and classrooms use a very specific set of tools which was tested and tried by many. Tools that we used in our classroom can be found here. It is easy to find everything you need in a local discount store or use these food preparation sets.
Indoor Cleaning – Children need tools that they can operate without adult’s assistance and which are perfect for their little hands. This cleaning set has a stand for convenient storage.
Preparation of environment – You may find many necessities for Montessori environment, like rugs, boxes, baskets, display stands over here.
Materials and activities always look more attractive and aesthetic in baskets and on trays. Here you can find gorgeous handmade trays and baskets that would suit perfectly in Montessori home and classroom.
Handmade Montessori and Montessori Inspired Toys – Children need to learn take care of their environment along with materials found in it. The best way to encourage children to take care of their toys and materials is to buy high quality toys that are made from natural materials. I found a beautiful selection of handmade educational materials. Handmade Montessori Inspired toys and learning materials are always welcomed in Montessori classrooms and are very unique.
Open-ended play – Many of these educational toys have been included in this list because they facilitate independent open – ended play. Flockmen – natural, engaging toys for stacking and free play are ideal for Montessori classrooms.
Educational Toys – Look for my recommendations for educational toys here.
We use services of Kids Advance. You can find their store here. Often it was cheaper for me to order Montessori materials from US rather than buying locally. The quality is simply wonderful and prices suit our modest homeschooling budget.
Montessori Activity Sets – Montessori By Mom prepares and sends out Montessori tool boxes which include materials set up by theme, instructions and video guides for teaching children and make learning educational and fun. I used their tool box and had only great things to say.
There are many amazing and talented Montessorians out there who create handmade Montessori materials and offer them for very affordable prices. I had a privilege to get to know some of them and learn how much effort, thought and love they invest into creating authentic materials for children.
Diamond Montessori offers primary and elementary language, science and cultural materials (nomenclature cards and booklets; peacemaker cards; art appreciation cards; etc).
Jojoebi offers Montessori inspired printables and sewing patterns to make adorable toys for your kids.
Montessori Material offers early reading materials (finished and pdf form) and fabric pouches / pockets in two styles: envelopes and 3 part card style (with an option for a vinyl pocket on the front).
The Laminatrix offers 3-part cards, matching activities for Safari Toobs, learning sets. Tangible goods, no pdfs.
Jenn Sews Felt offers naturally made materials for Waldorf and Montessori kids.
Popeline Co offers Quiet books, Montessori, Busy Bag, Waldorf. Handmade, Made in France
Max and Naoli offers own handmade Montessori materials, sharing Montessori activities, DIY project ideas, Montessori videos, interviews and printables.
Natura Baby offers Montessori-inspired cube chairs and works.
Nutrition and Learning
As you know child develops as a whole. Mental, physical and emotional health are intertwined. When I became a parent I read about amazing health benefits of Omega-3s on brain development and stared to mix fish oil in diluted freshly squeezed juice for my children daily. You can read about Omega-3s amazing benefits in this article. I was fascinated by these success stories of children who started taking Omega-3s. I personally got rid of eczema within two months with help of daily fish oil intake after many years of miserable suffering from this skin condition. We usually order fish oil online along with natural vitamin C.