I get a lot of questions from parents who are looking for Montessori resources for the home. As a 3-6 teacher, I know a fair amount about the preschool level and can offer guidance for this age, but I am usually stumped when I get questions about infants and toddlers.
How do I choose toys for my infant/toddler?
What does my child need at this stage of development?
What’s considered good quality?
What does “Montessori” look like for infants and toddlers?
I recently had the pleasure of learning about a company called Monti Kids. Monti Kids was started by an AMI trained 0-6 teacher to help parents bring quality Montessori based toys into their homes. So, not just advice, but actual hands on quality wooden materials!
I asked around my network of Montessori professional friends about this company and got a lot of positive reviews. I mean, a lot.
The general consensus is that
- the materials are of excellent quality
- the design and leadership team have solid Montessori credentials and know what they’re doing (You can learn more about the Monti Kids team here.)
- the program is easy to work with.
Score! Now when I get questions about toys for infants and toddlers, this is where I will be sending parents!
How Does MontiKids Work?
Monti Kids is a subscription box service. Every three months you will receive a shipment of high quality Montessori toys for your 0-3 aged child. You will select your child’s age (approximately) when you begin your subscription, and each shipment you receive will align with the developmental stage of your child as he/she grows. Your package will also have links to resources to help you make the most of these materials including a demonstration video and tips.
Once your child outgrows the toys, you can save them for a sibling or pass them along to friends, of course, but Monti Kids also gives you the option to donate them to the Lumin Wesley-Rankin Community School in East Dallas that serves children who are growing up below the poverty level.
Is Monti Kids Right For You?
This program is appropriate for parents of infants and toddlers. This would be a fantastic investment for your own child, but would also make a unique gift for a grandchild or niece/nephew.
I have also heard from schools and parent co-ops who are using this to build up their collection of materials at an affordable pace.
These are high quality materials that will be delivered to your door. Heads up, they’re not inexpensive plastic/poorly made toys, so you won’t be paying Walmart/Dollar store prices for these. But, you can save $30 on your first order through this special link for Trillium readers.