There's no such thing as “Montessori toys,” however, there are toys that are more closely aligned with the learning philosophy of Montessori that we recommend to use at home. Whereas Materials used in a classroom setting developed by the founder of the method - Maria Montessori is different from such Montessori Inspired Toys. You should check out our Montessori Materials Range if you wish to shop for classroom or homeschooling purposes. There are key principles that make a toy 'more Montessori' inspired than another.
Characteristics of a Montessori-aligned toy
Based on real life.
Before the age of six, your child’s brain is relatively incapable of distinguishing fantasy from reality. Montessori Toys (practical life tools) are a wonderful way to help your child learn real life skills that every one needs as they grow. Buttoning and lacing toys, scissors for cutting, toys that require sizing or sequencing - these are all fantastic opportunities for children to learn real life skills.
Montessori Toys are made from natural materials. Montessori toys are typically made from natural materials such as wood, wicker, cotton, metal, and glass. Beyond their educational value, toys made of these materials provide a multi-sensory experience for the child.
Simplicity- A Montessori Toy will focus on one skill at a time, aims at the development of one particular area. So that they don’t overwhelm the children’s minds and allow them to fully understand the purpose of the toy.