Gifts need not be expensive and they’re even better if they’re practical. I’ve been heavily influenced by montessori theories recently and their toys are very beautiful! I also don’t base everything on age ranges labelled on toys – they all grow on their own pace. These are also mainly based on my child’s interests and milestones and not all children are on the same level.
2. Kinetic Sand – he loved playing with sand on our last trip to Davao (PART I & PART III), but Im just too chicken to get him this before but now he’s older I think I can trust him not to eat it! I also prefer this more than molding clay since he just got some during this lockdown and he just mixed the colors altogether and now its just this one (dirt) color! Atleast kinetic sand keeps its color, haha!
3. Ukelele or Bongos – I would much rather have the actual thing than the plastic toy version since they last much longer since they’re made of wood. Who knows he might actually learn the instrument and I could try playing the ukelele for too!
4. Doctor set! He likes to wear the stethoscope around his neck and ride his car – I don’t know where he got that idea but it sure is cute! He has completely destroyed our stethoscope at home and I think it would be much safer to have a toy version. I also picked this version that’s both a doctor and a dentist since I want to teach him more about teeth care. We have a hard time with brushing teeth since he always throws a fit so this toy can help him to have fun and brush the toy teeth!
5. Bolts. I’ve seen this as a montessori toy so I let my son play with this huge bolt we have at home where he can twist the screws. He likes to copy his dad a lot and it would be nice to have a mini wooden screw for him to also practice precision with his hand eye coordination.
6. Toddler Mop. My little one loves to copy whatever I/we do so he loves to use the broom and desperately wants to touch the mop and I feel so guilty for not letting him! So I want to get him his own microfiber mop (microfiber so he can actually help!) and I know he would love it so much! He likes to help out especially when sorting the groceries and just really wants to be useful and help out around the house. That characteristic is mainly what Montessori is all about – helping them learn practical life skills.
7. Mini Vacuum. Playing mindfully is really one of the things I want to adapt with regards to my son’s toys so I support his interest in daily chores. I think a mini vacuum would be so cute and he would be really helpful in vacuuming and cleaning up his toys and play area!
8. Indestructible Book; does anyone else’s kid still like to tear up pieces of paper and his books? I know he doesn’t mean to tear up his books sometimes – he just accidentally rips them when we turns pages so I tend to keep the paper books and only leave out board books #tips. He feels bad and guilty when he ruins a book and I would love to have more options with the books he can pick out and ‘read’ on his own!
9. Pop Up Book – he doesn’t have one of these yet but he has those books that are interactive where you can spins the wheels etc and loves it so I think he’ll really be so amazed with a pop up one (I know I was when I was a kid!).
10. Projector Story Book. Just something to spice up our bedtime stories since he also adores his star projector from Kids Toy Lab. He is honestly obsessed with this thing! He always ‘asks for his stars‘ before going to bed. I’ll talk more on this on my coming favorites blog! Stay tuned for that! For now, let me show you what it looks like:
11. This isn’t very montessori-influenced but I absolutely love Leapfrog toys and books or the Leap Reader. As a kid I remembered these and even wanted one myself. I find it fascinating and entertaining to point the pen on something and it would tell you exactly what it was. I think its informational for my son and he can ‘ask’ it anything he wants!
Hope this gave you some ideas on Montessori-influenced toys for 2 year olds or even for younger and older tots! This is merely a guide and it doesn’t matter if its above your child’s age range according to labels on toys – it could even be beneficial for them to be advanced. You don’t have to adhere to certain rules and limitations – if you think your child is interested in the toy and is capable, you do you.
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