One of the most important things we can do as Montessori parents is to follow our children. This means following and meeting their unique and individual developmental needs. It means following their interests, their skill level and working to their time line. It's why we can't provide a comprehensive list of toys of materials you can use at any one age. However, we can gain ideas and inspiration from other parents and families. It's why blogs are so useful, we can take a peek into each other's homes and see what others are using.
Here is a list of toys that we are using at 18 months, some of these we are phasing in and some are phasing out, but all of these are well used and what I would call successful at this age. This list is of toys that we use at home, and doesn't include practical life or art materials.
- Threading - currently have out threading buttons.
- Posting - currently posting buttons into money box.
- Pegging - we love peggging toys that can also be stacked.
- Car Tracker
- Ball Push/Object Permanence
- Shape Sorter - this is the absolute best shape sorter I have used, it's adjustable to the child's skill level.
- Stacking and Sorting - Large Cubes, Wooden Bowls and Nesting Cube and Nesting Cylinder (UK here).
- Puzzles - rotating Pets, Farm, Fruit and Vegetable puzzles.
- Ring Slide
- Language Baskets - currently have out transport and dogs.
- Playsilks in a basket
- Nature Basket
- Music Basket
- Construction - blocks in a large tray and tree blocks outside, sometimes sensory blocks.
- Playdough - this is on our art shelves.