We know that shopping for toys can be overwhelming, especially during the holidays.
So many choices and so many people to shop for!
How do you choose meaningful, durable and educational toys that are also fun and look great on the toy shelf?
We have got you covered!
We thought we would make it easy by outlining a few of our top picks for each age.
Holiday shopping has never been so easy!
Gifts for Age 0-1:
A favourite for children of all ages! Using a pull train helps to develop fine and gross motor skills, as children learn to grip, pull, push and manipulate the peg people and logs that are included in this four car train. This is our #1 pick for a first toy!
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/four-car-train
A truly open-ended toy. Use it as a stacker, as a maze, or as a building tool. The possibilities are endless! As children manipulate the pieces, they are learning about hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and the mathematical concepts of sequence and size.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/small-rainbow-stacker
This tower is also perfect as a baby's first toy. It helps children develop hand-eye coordination and introduces them to the concept of sequence and size, as they learn to sort and stack the rings from largest to smallest.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/wooden-stacking-toy
This classic Montessori toy can be introduced as early as 6 months of age. This activity promotes hand-eye coordination, hand-grasp, and concentration as an infant removes the items (peg person, egg, ball) and then returns them to the cup.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/fine-motor-essential-set
Children this young love to load and unload items onto this truck. As they become more mobile, they begin to explore the gross motor skill of pushing this truck around the house.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/wooden-transport-truck
Young children will develop their fine motor skills as they grasp the puzzle pieces and match them together. This puzzle helps to improve children’s spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/carrot-puzzle
Gifts for Age 2:
This toy is perfect for any car lover! It can be used indoors or outdoors and even in the bathtub or on the beach! Tiny hands can easily manipulate the pieces and put them together to create many different configurations. A great tool for strengthening fine motor skills and problem solving skills.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/way-to-play-tracks
Imaginative play with blocks helps to improve hand-eye coordination, develop mathematical skills and promote creativity. This set comes with two toys in one, as the storage container for the blocks is a beautiful truck!
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/wooden-blocks-in-a-truck
This toy is a great addition to the imaginary world of a child. Your child will love to bring their pull dog with them wherever they go. Also, it helps bring the responsibility of pet care to life in games and stories. Not to mention, using this toys helps with gross motor skills, balance and coordination.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/dog-on-a-leash
Sensory bins are an amazing tool to promote calm, focus, and self-regulation in young children. Standing and playing helps to enhance balance and coordination. Exploration through the senses is a great way for children to learn about the world around them.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/standing-sensory-bin
The gentle sound of each note is pleasing to the young ear of the budding musician! The different colours of each key make the notes easier for children to remember. Research shows that the opportunity to make music, and not just listen to it, has profound effects on the developing brain.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/block-set-36-pcs
Puzzles are a great way to develop concentration, confidence, patience, and perseverance. Children learn about colours, shapes and space, while enhancing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and memory.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/seven-hands-puzzle
Gifts for Age 3:
These stacking rocks are based on a Japanese rock piling game meant to improve concentration and creativity. The play possibilities are endless - use them for sorting, building, or stacking!
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/ocamora-rainbow-stones-12-pc
This bug box is a favourite for any child who loves to explore nature. Take this box on an adventure outdoors and capture and observe insects, rocks, flowers, leaves and other small treasures. Don’t forget to release any insects outside when you are done observing them!
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/wooden-bug-box
These beautiful tiny balls and bowls are perfect for the preschool aged child who is beginning to explore the concept of colours. The educational components of this toy incorporates math skills (sorting and counting), language skills (naming colours), and fine motor skills (manipulating the scoop to place the balls into the bowls).
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/colour-sorting-balls-and-bowls
A beautiful dollhouse tucked into one small frame. Combine the pieces with dolls, peg people and animals for hours of imaginative play.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/gluckskafer-all-in-one-house
Aside from its obvious use as a building tool, this set can be used for sorting (by colour) or as a puzzle (return each piece to its correct place in the frame). It's a great toy to help spark a fascination with building, enhance fine motors skills development and encourage patience and problem solving.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/colourful-block-set-36-pcs
This stable works perfectly with any of our Holztiger animals! Combine this beautiful stable, which requires no tools to assemble, with any of our Holztiger farm animals and trees, for the perfect imaginative play toy combo! The stable's roof is removable, allowing easy access to the interior. As well, the sides can be removed so the animals can roam freely. The perfect holiday gift that provides hours of entertainment for any animal lover!
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/southlands-stable
Gifts for Age 4:
This beautifully crafted wand allows your child’s imagination to run wild as they dream up spells, potions and adventures with one flick of the wrist.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/handcrafted-wizard-wands
These beautiful, colourful hand kites provide sensory and imaginative experiences for children. Whether a child is pretending to be a jellyfish swimming in the ocean or a shooting star flying through the galaxy or just watching the colourful ribbon fly in the wind.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/rainbow-hand-kite
This toy never gets old and truly withstands the test of time. Young toddlers and young teens can find ways to creatively construct the perfect play scenarios.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/rainbow-stacker
Used for endless hours of imaginative play when combined with peg people, dolls, animals and cars. When not in use for play, this sturdy, durable dollhouse can be used as a bedside table. It can withstand up to 300lbs.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/brooklyn-house
This toy is a great tool for sharpening reflexes and dexterity as children work to catch wooden fish with a magnetic rod.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/wooden-fishing-rod
Building with blocks that are identical in shape and size helps children think logically and develop spatial awareness as they manipulate the pieces into 3-dimensional structures. This toy is a great way to stimulate a child's creativity, imagination, concentration, perseverance and patience.
Go here to check it out: https://www.themontessoriroom.com/product-page/building-blocks-by-goki
The beauty of the toys we sell is that they withstand the test of time and can be enjoyed by children at any age and stage.
Take wooden blocks for example. A baby who is just learning to stack 3 blocks, or enjoys knocking down the tower you build for them, will enjoy a set of wooden blocks just as much as a 10 year old child who is building an intricate cityscape. They may need a different quantity but the toy is exactly the same.
Think about this when purchasing toys. Ask yourself: Will my child be able to enjoy this toy for many years? Does the toy have multiple functions and allow for open-ended, imaginative play? Is the toy made from durable and beautiful materials?
We hope this guide helps you. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any additional questions!