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Best Montessori toys for Easter

Mar 22, 2018 - Easter , Montessori , Toys - By Carine Robin

Updated post for 2018!

I have always associated Easter with Spring, outdoor and good weather. So in our family, the kind of toys we buy at Easter are essentially nature and outdoor orientated. Following the Montessori principles (real tools, to practice life skills or explore the world), I present you my selection.

This year, we are offering a bike to my son and a two wheels scooter to my daughter so only one gift as it's quite expensive.

But here a list of the things I have offered in the past or ideas that I will forward to our family:

Easter plastic eggs

The best buy ever! We do an Easter egg hunt and the first time we did it, my daughter was 2. Then we had to hid the eggs in turn until the Summer, it was her favourite game.

And there are so many activities you can do with a set of Easter eggs (make sure to have two of each colour, I'm planning a blog post with ideas so stay tuned).

Robelli Pack of 12 Colourful Plastic Filler Eggs for Easter Egg Hunt (Multicolour)

Microscope

I remember fondly my first microscope and I can wait to offer one to my children (BIG HINT to grand-parents!!!). Anything that encourage the children to get in touch in nature is great!

I am planning to buy this one this year, after our current one (plastic structure) broke.

Learning Resources GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

Microscope for 8+

The Magic Toy Shop 30 Piece 100-1200x Discovery Biological Microscope Advanced Science Set Kit Case

Globe Earth and Constellation

Why buy two globes when you can buy this unique dual functioning globe. The Earth and Constellation Globe has a day-time and night- time view and is in fact two globes in one. In the daylight the 22.8cm diameter globe shows political boundaries, oceans, equator, longitude and latitude lines, country names, capital cities and other major cities for each country in the world. By night the illuminated star map shows constellations with their common names.

The Earth and Constellation Globe has an automatic light sensor so when the globe is turned on and the surrounding area is dark the globe will transform into a beautiful glowing globe showing the star constellations

Brainstorm Toys E2001 Light Up 2 in 1 Globe Earth & Constellations, Multicolor

Magnifying glasses

Both my children have a magnifying glass and use it for outdoor exploration but also in various activities inside. It can be left on the "nature's table" if you have one.

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Learning Resources Jumbo Magnifier & Tweezer

Binoculars

We bought a pair a few years ago at Kew Garden. Now that Louis is 5, we need a second pair as my daughter is not forthcoming to share hers (I remember that she bought it with her own pocket money). I would advice a real efficient pair of binocular and not bother with a toy's one.

Brainstorm Toys Outdoor Adventure Binoculars

The little book of Woodland birds songs

We bought the garden one for my daughter. This one is next on the list for her.

The Little Book Of Woodland Bird Songs: Interactive sound book for young birdwatchers: Part of the Little Book of Sounds Series for Children Aged 3 to 8 Years (Sound Books): 2 (Little Books of)

Nature treasure hunt cards

To be honest, I should be able to do this game myself but lacking the time, I'm thinking of buying this one. Just to have an incentive to explore when we are out and about. Sometimes, it's me who needs a push as the children most of the time have their own ideas.

gofindit -the original outdoor nature scavenger hunt card game for kids and families | ages 3+ | travel pocket game

Kid’s garden – Deck of cards

With 40 interactive activities and games divided into five categories, Kids' Garden encourages children to engage with the outdoors and to appreciate the green world around them.

Kids' Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games
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Gardening tool' set

My children love to help in the garden and we have tools for them and gloves!

Children's Garden Tool Set

The gloves are super important for them!

Melissa & Doug Giddy Buggy Good Gripping Gardening Gloves With Easy-Grip Rubber on Palms

Wheelbarrow

My son received one when he was around 2 and he enjoys it so much. He liked to transport wood and stones from one side of the garden to the other side. Last year, I dug my first vegetable patch and I had to remove lots of stones. My son participated greatly by taking them away.

Choose a metal one that it's sturdier and heavier, so it's not falling when your child fills it in. And as he will have to make an physical effort to push it, that will give him a real sensation.

ROLLY TOYS | rollyWheelbarrow | 270804, Red, 80 cm × 38 cm × 41 cm, S2627080

Butterfly growing kit

We did the experience last year and I'm planning to do this again this year. However, it might be better to wait for a warmer weather to start it. With the kit, you will receive a voucher to order your butterfly's eggs so you can decide when to start (make sure you have 10 days at home ahead of you and warm weather).

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden (Packaging May Vary)

Balance bike

This is the one my child is currently using. We offered it to my daughter 7 years ago and my son inherited it. It's great for balance and confidence. Highly recommended.

Strider - 12 Sport Kids Balance Bike (18 Months - 5 years) in Red

If you want more ideas for Easter, check my "spring books" collection.

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About the Author: Carine Robin is a qualified and experienced Montessori teacher and founder of The Montessori Family. With over 15 years of experience, Carine offers a blend of professional insight and personal understanding as a mother of two and qualified child psychologist. Inspired by the success of her Montessori subscription box, she created The Montessori Family to provide a comprehensive resource for parents and teachers globally. This platform aims to support child growth and well-being through curated educational activities. Additionally, Carine maintains the UK's most popular Montessori blog and administers the largest Montessori UK Facebook group, making her a central figure in the Montessori community.

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