Montessori Toys for 1 Year Old Children: Our Top 5

montessori toys for 1 year olds

The amount of learning your baby does from birth through their first year is incredible. From learning their depth perception to practicing their fine motor skills, there’s no wonder why they take so many naps. Have you considered how much more of an educational experience your baby could have as he or she continues to develop? Whether between naps or just an hour each day, it is beneficial to apply Montessori methods even before they enter the classroom. Below, we explore our top five Montessori toys for 1 year old children.

Our Top 5 Montessori Toys for 1-Year-Olds

Montessori vertical stacker toys

#1. Vertical Stackers

Vertical stackers are a great way for babies between 12 and 24 months old to apply their hand-eye coordination. With multiple styles and sizes available, you can purchase just one, or even a few for rotation to keep your child practicing with different shapes.

Montessori musical instruments

#2. Musical Instruments

To help develop your baby’s cognitive skills, musical instruments are a fun Montessori toy that help demonstrate cause-and-effect. As your baby shakes the tambourine, rattles the maraca, or taps the xylophone, they will learn how to make sound with their hands. Practice with one instrument at a time to prevent overstimulation and let the concert begin!

Montessori ball run toys

#3. Ball Runs and Ramp Racers

Introducing gravity and object permanence, both ball runs and ramp racers are a fun and action-packed Montessori toy for 1 year old babies. Whether you utilize these toys for independent play or an activity together, it allows your child to explore the wonders of cause-and-effect. If you don’t want to buy one, utilize what you have at home with toilet paper rolls, tissue boxes, or unused cardboard boxes!

Montessori shape puzzles

#4. Montessori Shape Puzzles

Puzzles are a fun way for 1-year-olds to improve their tactile senses and develop their logic by answering, “Where do the pieces belong?” and “What makes this piece different?” With puzzles that teach elements including shape differentiation, sizing and proportions, and object placement, you can stock up on three to five different puzzles and rotate through them to enhance your 1-year-old’s learning experience.

Montessori threading bead kit

#5. Threading Bead Kit

As another top Montessori toy for 1-year-olds, threading bead kits are a fun and challenging activity that allows your child to string together colorful beads and engage in motor development. Furthermore, you can guide your 1 year old as they learn to detect colors and shapes. If you don’t want to purchase a bead kit, get crafty with items such as string and uncooked pasta noodles!

Montessori Learning Strategies with Mansio

At Mansio Montessori of Geneva, we are dedicated to preparing your toddler’s development with optimal learning environments that stimulate educational development both at home and in school. By tailoring the educational experience to each child, we inspire our students with a passion for learning.

If you want to learn more about our early childhood programs and what these may look like for your child, please contact us.