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Montessori Inspired Holiday Gift Guide for 2-3 Year Olds

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Welcome to my Montessori Inspired Holiday Gift Guide for 24 – 36 month olds! A lot of these items on this list are on my son’s Christmas list. I am really into purposeful play and activities that will help my little one develop his skills. You can read my Montessori Gift Guide for 0 – 12 month olds here, and 12-24 month olds here.


Sort & Stack Peg Puzzle: These peg puzzles are a bit more complex than the simple stacker rings many young babies love. These puzzles require your child to rotate the puzzle pieces and match them with the correct pegs.

Name Puzzle: A name puzzle is a great way to help your little one start to learn their name

Sorting + Matching

Colour Sorting: around 24 months, your toddler will really become interested in sorting. An easy way to introducing sorting is by having your child start with colour sorting.

Nuts & Bolts: Toddlers will become really interested in matching and twisting the nuts and bolts. This helps your child develop hand-eye coordination, problem solving, and fine motor skills.

Matching: Similarly to sorting, your toddler is going to love matching! There are so many ways your child can match – from matching pictures, to pictures and objects, to similar objects within a theme.

Practical Life

Learn to Dress Boards: This age is the perfect time to start helping your little one learn to master buttons, zippers, laces and snaps.

  • Individual boards: I like these specific boards, because they are individual boards and so you can put out one at a time. Once your child has mastered buttons for example, you can then put out the zipper board
  • Single Dressing Board: This dressing board is more compact, with all activities on one board. This can be useful for on the go.

Child Sized Cleaning Supplies: There is nothing toddlers love more than participating in daily life. My 14 month old has a mini Swiffer that he could push around for hours. He just loves to clean.

  • Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop!: I see this item in many Montessori homes! These are the perfect size for your toddler and are able to get some actual cleaning done (Mixed reviews on the mop though). Leave this out and accessible so your toddler can be more independent.

Mini Pitcher: There are opportunities for both practical life skills and sensory / pretend play with this child size pitcher!

Open Ended Play

Rainbow Peg People: These rainbow peg people are a Montessori staple. They are ambiguous, people – perfect for open ended play. The colours are also great for matching activities.

Magna / Picasso Tiles: Parents love Magna / Picasso tiles! There are endless activities you can do with these from building , to learning math, to sensory activities – you name it.

I hope you enjoyed this Montessori Inspired Holiday Gift Guide for 24 – 36 months olds! I hope you got some great ideas for the Montessori toddler in your life. Until next time, XX



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