How to make your own free Montessori printable documents

When you start to be interested by the Montessori education, you will come across many Montessori printables of all kind on the Internet.

During my training (aimed at the education of children 3 to 6 years old), I had to make my own material. Mainly it was the language series and some cultural material, such as the continent folders or classification cards (also called 3 parts cards).

At the time, we were told to collect old National Geographic and other interesting magazines. However with google image, it is now so much easier to search for the perfect pictures to print.

Many parents and teachers are resourceful and talented and have made their own material and they made it available for free or for a small cost. Some websites are entirely dedicated to Montessori printables.

Here a few tricks I have learned along the way:

  • google search for images: depending of how you will use the pictures, you can select by usage rights.  To do so, go under images then tools, then you can filter by usage rights. Peace of mind if you share your printables.
  • right format for your  3 part cards: A free Template on Teacher pay by teachers.
  • if you have lots of schleich animals, just google the schleich pictures to print. If you have some safari toobs collection, take pictures of each objects and print for a quick matching game.
  • print on cardstock for a better quality and laminate your cards. Cut the corners with a round corner punch.

Now what to print?

For the toddlers in my playgroup, I mainly have matching cards for various set of objects to refine language: fruits, animals, musical instruments… Any every day objects can be matched with a picture. At first, I only present the picture with the word written underneath. When the children start to show an interest for letters and sounds, you can add the cards with the word slip.

If you want the ressources all made and ready for you, have a look at my monthly Montessori subscription box.


Now for the bonus. Here one of my FREE printable document. 

Enjoy these 3 parts cards of common Garden birds.

Click on the link below for your Free printable, feel free to use it in your home or classroom. If you share it on your blog or social media, I would be grateful if you can link to this blog post.

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.

  • Great post! One site you might wants to use would be piximages which are all royalty free images and you could use those for this!

  • Helen says:

    That’s such a good idea and a nice, easy way of sharing resources with others too!

  • How lovely sharing your work with others, I am sure others will find this useful

  • Thank you for sharing these tips with others! I’ll be using these for my nephew.

  • Pushpa Vaz says:

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ana De-Jesus says:

    I used to teach in a nursery so this would have been perfect for the kids there as it was a montessori nursery x

  • Kara Guppy says:

    I tend to use Twinkl for mine but really should start making my own

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... says:

    Thanks for providing this printable. With 3 kids it is essential to find new things to keep them entertained and interested in the world around them

  • Clair says:

    Thanks for sharing, I shall forward this on to my friends how work in nurseries!

  • steph_baybee says:

    Great post. a printable to so helpful!

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