It was so lovely to meet you at the Montessori School of Oakton parent event. This page has LOTS of resources to continue learning about creative, joyful and how you can help you make it happen.
Here's three easy first steps you can take. Print a resource (or all three), review the resources for finding quality toys, and read an article or two for more information. Then, get started! I’ve listed a few ideas for you at the very bottom of the page.
I'd love to hear how things go with you, let me know how I might help! Contact me here.
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These are my favorite places to find quality, simple, beautiful toys for children
The Montessori Company Marketplace Michelle has collected the most beautiful, quality toys and materials for Montessori at Home. The birth to three category has the most materials.
For Small Hands This is a sister company for Montessori Services, and is hands-down the easiest place to find quality tools and toys for young children.
Toy & Book Companies
A Mighty Girl The world's largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls
DK Eyewitness Books Excellent non-fiction research materials for elementary age
Audubon pocket guides Simple field guides for early readers
Indestructibles Washable, chew-proof books for babies with beautiful images
Bella Luna Toys Waldorf Toys and Dolls
Stockmar: Quality art supplies
Melissa and Doug Quality wood toys that easy to find
Eeboo Board and box games
Green Toys Toys made from recycled and organic material
K’NEX building sets and materials
Carson Nature and science discovery tools and toys
Pink House Toys Montessori crocheted and wood toys
Bella’s casa Montessori mobiles and infant toys
Mama May I? Simple wood toys.
Open Ended Creations Waldorf rocker boards
Essential Montessori Wooden Montessori infant toys
Holly Jane Originals Handmade fabric baby toys and gifts
Naturababy Weaning tables for infants
Kubiya Games Handmade 3-D wood puzzles
Ecoleeko Organic fabric ball toys for baby
HeirLoom Kids USA Montessori wooden infant toys
Margaritkadolls Handmade Waldorf dolls
Books for you
Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun. by Bobbi Conner
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, Christopher Vaughan
Read an article for more details
Choose ONE thing to work on at a time-- a few screen-free activities, a daily walk together, or a toy rotation plan. Start small and simple!
Find some inspiring books to read together form the library! Remember, your child may act these out.
Ask your classroom guides for insight and advice on what your child is interested in now, and how you might follow along with that in a helpful way at home.
Reach out if you want some help and direction!