There is no substitute for good Montessori materials, however, let's not be too precious about it, most of us have mainstream toys in our homes too. Today I am sharing some of the mainstream baby toys we have and are currently using. All of these have been carefully selected, but from Amazon or from other popular online toy retailers. They don't take the place of Montessori infant materials but each has a specific purpose, each brings something to the child. Most of these are suitable for 3-6 months+. Plan Toys, Grimm's and Brio are some of our favourite mainstream toy brands although I'm still careful about assessing the value and attributes of each toy.
For around 3-6 months+:
Around six months+:
Grimm's Classic Rainbow Blocks (green cube blocks shown in basket above)
There are still a few other mainstream toys that we have but I wouldn't especially recommend. I am sure there are lots of other good mainstream toys that we don't have or know about.
If you are interested in Montessori baby toys here are a few articles that you might like:
- Where to find Montessori Infant Materials.
- Give toys with purpose. Montessori toys for grasping and hand to hand transfer.
- Montessori Baby Toys, Passive Toys = Active Learners.
- Toy Store vs Montessori Materials.
Please feel free to share your favourite mainstream toy brands or baby toys!