The Benefits of Playing with Montessori Toys

The Montessori approach includes, as part of its curriculum, educational toys that teach children essential visuospatial, mathematical, logic, and other skills. 

Montessori Toys: Manipulatives

These toys are called manipulatives, and they have been an important part of education since the early 1900s. They are used to teach children vital skills, such as:

  • Sorting
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Ordering (e.g., largest to smallest, etc.)
  • Learning Geometric Shapes
  • Exploring Symmetry
  • Problem Solving
  • Spatial Relationships (e.g., near, far, next to, in front of, etc.)
  • Mathematical Operations (e.g., addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc)  

The founder of the Montessori approach to teaching, Maria Montessori, stated that the hand “not only allows the mind to reveal itself but enables the whole being to enter into special relationships with its environment” (The Secret of Childhood, 1982). In using their hands and eyes, children not only engage in a practical activity that fulfills their need for purposeful work. They also learn essential life skills through play, practice, concentration, and trial and error.  


Wooden Montessori Toys 

Wood is often used in creating manipulatives because it is a natural, durable material that can withstand use by children of all ages.


KiddoMood Montessori Toys 

KiddoMood offers a variety of wooden Montessori toys, including:

The KiddoMood Double Sided Matching Game is a Montessori logical reasoning game that comes with wood pieces and cardboard cards. Aside from children learning their colors and their fruits from the wooden pieces, the kit comes with a standing wooden board that has slots where the pieces slide into so your kiddo can create patterns with them. The game comes with 18 cardboard cards with different patterns and sequences on them that your kiddo can replicate on the board. Time them and challenge them to beat their time to make the game extra fun! All of the pieces are crafted from wood and non-toxic paint. The game is easily portable so children can play at school, at home, at the park, or anywhere they want to take it! This would make a great gift for kiddos 3 and up!  

The KiddoMood Track Toys Wooden Blocks is a set of colorful blocks in various shapes and peg dolls that come ready to play, build, and create. The blocks and peg dolls are painted with non-toxic, lead-free, and BPA-free paint. And they are made of 100% wood. All of the pieces are lightweight and feature rounded edges that will not splinter with continued play. The best part is that it comes with a fabric carry bag for easy pick up and portability! Your kiddos can enjoy hours of play building structures for their peg dolls to live and work in, and allowing your kiddo to use and fine tune their fine motor and visuospatial skills. They can even use the pieces to learn their shapes and colors, or practice sorting. The playing possibilities are limited only by the imagination. Help your kiddo learn, create, and grow by getting them KiddoMood! 

Oh dear! You need to get home, but you're stuck! This wooden game comes with an inset board that fits 15 square wooden chips that you move around to free your character. Use the stickers to customize your very own game, and get your character home! Imagine, problem solve, play, and learn with KiddoMood! 

Consider incorporating wooden Montessori toys into your kiddo’s toy collection, so they can learn while they play!