Ultimate Ikea shopping list for your Montessori needs

What to buy that is Montessori Friendly at Ikea?

In my Facebook group, there is not a week without a post about Montessori friendly items at Ikea.

Ikea is sure family friendly. It is also budget friendly and most of the furniture is made of natural material and often of untreated wood.

Their design is very child’s friendly and I feel that they have a Montessori teacher in their design team!

It would surely be my dream job if I was not a Montessori teacher.

From the child’s furniture to the baskets and trays and all the child’s size tools for practical life, Ikea is the favourite place to shop for your Montessori house.

So follow me to Ikea and watch what I have picked for you.

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My favourites:

Shelving units:

Tables:

You will need a child’s table for snack time, to use it as a weaning table or for crafts.

  • The latt set is cheap and therefore, you will not feel guilty to trim it to size and to buy it again a year later – https://bit.ly/2J1QMy5
  • For a better quality table, choose this one https://bit.ly/2JJlQ7h
  • And the assorted chairs https://bit.ly/2Mcckx9
  • We like the Flisat table with two Trofast trays to store Legos and play dough accessories. Many families have hacked this table into a light table. I don’t use the assorted stool as I prefer my children to have a chair with a backrest.
    https://bit.ly/2qymbkt

Other great furniture:

  • Child’s armchair. A little warning, it doesn’t wash that well! https://bit.ly/2PREqzX
  • A rocking chair for children – https://bit.ly/2Phgnuo
  • A very luxurious armchair for children – https://bit.ly/2PemjVl
  • A very practical footstool. We use it to store my daughter knitting projects and the remote controls. It is useful as an extra seat and a footstool but also the perfect storage for dressing up accessories, soft toys, balls or building sets. https://bit.ly/2F7KgZv
  • This rattan pouffe has been featured in many Montessori houses as the perfect support for babies who want to push themselves up https://bit.ly/2qxMyqN

Toys storage:

You may want to use a proper toy’s storage.

  • I love the Trofast and especially with the shelves instead of the drawers.
    https://bit.ly/2zAfcMb
  • If like me, your children have many soft toys, this hanging storage is ideal. We have hung ours over the wardrobe door with an over the door hook.
    Hanging storage: https://bit.ly/2zyQsnt
  • Very practical plastic storage box
    https://bit.ly/2DoSJWR and a bigger one https://bit.ly/2Qs9cfM

In the kitchen

Eating:

  • I like their cotton placemat in a light colour. You can draw with a sharpie the shape of the plates, glass and cutlery to help your child to set up the table.
    https://bit.ly/2JK06IH
  • These snap glasses are the perfect size for a weaning glass, only 5cl!
    https://bit.ly/2AQ3jne
  • These glasses are only 17cl, and 9cm height so perfect for young children
    https://bit.ly/2ARSiBI
  • Stainless steel child’s size cutlery
    https://bit.ly/2zzSqUI
  • Plastic bib apron, perfect for baby led weaning
    https://bit.ly/2rFWXkC
  • The children tea set can be used for real food!
    https://bit.ly/2STK2bf
  • Small wooden bowls for real food but also for transferring and pouring activities.
    https://bit.ly/2Jgna4M
  • A stainless-steel cheaper version
    https://bit.ly/2PELmjN
  • A glass version here https://bit.ly/2zyTV5n
  • Junior chair with steps for the feet – https://bit.ly/2ARRcG5

Preparing food

  • Baking set
    https://bit.ly/2zEMedU
  • Egg slicer
    https://bit.ly/2QrmPfc
  • Apple slicer
    https://bit.ly/2OvZB5E
  • Citrus juicer
    https://bit.ly/2JK19bB
  • My children have been able to use this grater since they were a toddler
    https://bit.ly/2jXDd8j
  • Mortar and pestle
    https://bit.ly/2Ota2qE
  • Another one here https://bit.ly/2qAumN7
  • A hand whisk, it’s great fun for a child to use this one and requires some effort. So it will be perfect for the maximum effort period!
    https://bit.ly/2DpWLOt
  • The colander in this toy’s set is the perfect size for little hands. And of course, it can be used to wash real fruits and vegetables!
    https://bit.ly/2PekK9U
  • Child’s size knife and peeler. Be aware that the knife is very sharp and that the recommended age is 8+
    https://bit.ly/2RIWMAp
  • They have 4 different types of children’s aprons:
    https://bit.ly/2PMeci3
  • Jug. This one is in fact a vase but it’s the perfect size for pouring activities.
    https://bit.ly/2yYHNLE
  • Water dispenser with tap – https://bit.ly/2PJNiqX
  • Milk jug, small enough for your child to pour his own drink or to pour between two jugs – https://bit.ly/2yXbQmV

Trays, baskets and mats

  • Their smaller tray is 28x20cm
    https://bit.ly/2x6aTIa
  • So many choices in term of baskets!
    https://bit.ly/2PfaBcU
  • Mats to display the Montessori activities
    https://bit.ly/2s36EK2

Stools to promote independence

  • We have this one – https://bit.ly/2JBYQWK
  • And we have this one in the bathroom – https://bit.ly/2qxohkF
  • Another alternative – https://bit.ly/2zBy510
  • And another one – https://bit.ly/2OuFuVC

Care of the environment

  • Small vase for a flower arranging activity
    https://bit.ly/2qCwYKQ
  • Small watering can
    https://bit.ly/2qya4E4
  • Small laundry basket
    https://bit.ly/2SQsvkm

In the bathroom

  • Mirror with a suction hook – https://bit.ly/2RF8JH1
  • We have this Ikea storage board set on the side of our shower
    https://bit.ly/2DqXgrD
  • This mirror with hook would be great if you have the wall space
    https://bit.ly/2DqYwuR
  • A self-adhesive plastic resistant mirror that is safe for children
    https://bit.ly/2OxoFJA
  • We also have these ones in our hallway
    https://bit.ly/2yra10t

Dressing up skills

  • The Stuva storage system is fun and very child-friendly
    https://bit.ly/2RCKJV5
  • Children clothes stand
    https://bit.ly/2Otaghr

Book display

  • We have the pictures ledges in our house
    https://bit.ly/2EVqFvE
  • We also have the spice racks – https://bit.ly/2zGcWq3
  • And now they offer this https://bit.ly/2qFNhqd
  • And this – https://bit.ly/2SSYkcs

Art area

  • An Easel – https://bit.ly/2OrKVoc
  • Paper roll holder for the table – https://bit.ly/2F9iw73
  • We have the Flisat children’s desk that is going to grow with my child – https://bit.ly/2RILVX9
  • Black board stickers – https://bit.ly/2OvwgbI
  • Magnetic whiteboard – https://bit.ly/2OvN8Pr
  • And we have this magnetic pen holder – https://bit.ly/2F9WVLy
  • I’m absolutely in love with this wall’s organiser. I’m just not quite sure where and how to use it – https://bit.ly/2JM7p2v
  • Here is an art storage basket – https://bit.ly/2QqgkZY
  • And another basket that can be used for art supplies – https://bit.ly/2qyJISl
  • I have a similar cutlery tray that I use to store art supplies https://bit.ly/2RFv7jD
  • I also display some art supplies using the Sunnersta containers, hooks and rails – https://bit.ly/2JMoWYv
  • When your children are more independent and able to handle more art and craft supplies, you can use this trolley – https://bit.ly/2RED8VQ
  • To store the papers, use a letter rack – https://bit.ly/2PGt81j
  • This napkin holder is the perfect size for the inset paper – https://bit.ly/2Du1jDq
  • I also use a similar napkin holder to hold the papers in my playgroup https://bit.ly/2RHFfbQ
  • To do a colour mixing experiment, use the tubes glasses and holder https://bit.ly/2Qq2qqH
  • Set of paints that come with a colour chart – https://bit.ly/2PESg8H
  • The stamp pens are a firm favourite here – https://bit.ly/2QvrOvq
  • Roll of paper – https://bit.ly/2yYuCdu

Sleeping

  • Choose a cotbed that you can open to one side
    https://bit.ly/2QrcnnG
  • Foam mattress for cot. We have also used a cot mattress for the movement area when our children were babies
    https://bit.ly/2LJCmYA
  • The Kura bed can be used for a floor bed too https://bit.ly/2zYojb2. Leave the mattress within the frame on the floor to have an protection on all sides.
    This toddler bed is perfect for when your child is more independent. If you don’t add the legs, you can also use it as a floor bed https://bit.ly/2DugVa0
  • LED night light – safe as you don’t need a plug and your child can turn it on and off himself
    https://bit.ly/2OwKatR

Specifically for babies

  • If you are not against it, a real sheepskin
    https://bit.ly/2vYK4qV
  • And a fake sheepskin – https://bit.ly/2yX3605
  • A baby gym. You can remove the toys, have only one at a time or replace with a more Montessori friendly toy. It is also sturdy enough for when your baby wants to stand up and hold onto something – https://bit.ly/2qzSHTy
  • A stacking toys. It is supposed to represent a lighthouse but to make it more logical for a baby, I remove the two top pieces. https://bit.ly/2PeFG0v

Learning materials and toys

  • An amazing map board
    https://bit.ly/2FaeD1I
  • Black board map stickers – How amazing!
    https://bit.ly/2OSn9G5
  • World map poster
    https://bit.ly/2OwE3Wr
  • Simple clock https://bit.ly/2Dsgtcy
    And check that hack with free printable to make it even more Montessori https://bit.ly/2AQT6qq
  • Solar energy torch handle https://bit.ly/2AR1HJI
  • Ikea play kitchen. Make it into a real useable kitchen area for your child.
    https://bit.ly/2ARmjS1
  • Big chunky lacing bead
    https://bit.ly/2JK1paj
  • Basic train set
    https://bit.ly/2yZN7ON
  • For the child who really likes to throw, provide them with a big soft ball
    https://bit.ly/2Drk1f6
  • Realistic doll bed
    https://bit.ly/2QlwXpr
  • Breakable tea set
    https://bit.ly/2STzp8E
  • Memory game – the drawings are realistic
    https://bit.ly/2JLpQEy
  • Wooden number
    https://bit.ly/2ARbkrW
  • Weaving loom set
    https://bit.ly/2zzrR1U
  • Playmat
    https://bit.ly/2OuUW3K
  • A swing in your house!
    https://bit.ly/2DrrScG

Decoration

Realistic prints:

  • I love these ones: the Earth, Birds and butterflies
    https://bit.ly/2QlFd8V
  • the moon: https://bit.ly/2Pi8gxI
  • these animals silhouettes would be great in a child’s bedroom
    https://bit.ly/2yZsu5h
  • Picture frame on stand https://bit.ly/2QoXdiN
  • Safe picture frame https://bit.ly/2JPBkqE

About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.

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