by Talya Metz November 30, 2021 18 min read

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The winter season is just around the corner, which means holidays, gift giving, AND cold weather.

Since you'll likely be spending more time indoors, it's a good opportunity to find toys and activities that have maximum appeal, will be used all year, and encourage independent play.

We've got you covered. Those are exactly the type of products we specialize in!

Check out our list of our top picks for ages 0-5 in every price point. All of the toys will help stimulate your child’s optimal development and their innate desire to explore, create, and play.  

If you need more ideas, go here to take our gift quiz> https://the-montessori-room.myshopify.com/#finder-quiz-5356

Just answer a few questions based on budget, age, and interests to get a list of gift recommendations.

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Infant
1 Year Olds
2 Year Olds
3 Year Olds
4 Year Olds
5 Year Olds

 

Infant

Budget: Under $30

Our Pick: Caaocho Rainbow Ball ($23.99)

Caaocho Rainbow Sensory Ball - Made from Natural Rubber - The Montessori Room

Why did we choose this?

Playing with this ball provides a rich sensory experience. Infants explore items using their senses. This ball's soft, durable rubber is 100% natural and certified non-toxic, which makes it safe for babies to explore using their hands and mouths. It offers 4 different textures and colours for both tactile and visual exploration. Plus, this ball's hole is sealed, which prevents the accumulation of dirt, bacteria and mold.

What are the benefits of using this Caaocho Rainbow Ball?

  • At around 3 months babies begin to grasp objects. This is the perfect time to introduce this ball. 
  • The size is perfect for little hands to grasp and hold. 
  • It provides babies with a tactile and visually stimulating sensory experience. 
  • Helps to strengthen the muscles in the hands.
  • Helps to develop fine motor skills related to grasping, holding, squeezing and rolling.
  • Develops hand eye coordination and spatial awareness.
  • Eventually, as baby begins to move independently, it helps to develop gross motor skills. Baby learns to roll and chase the ball.

 

Budget: $30-$50

Our Pick: Wooden Stacking Toy ($49.99)

Wooden Stacking Toy - Le Trusquin Boutique À Bois- The Montessori Room

Why did we choose this?

This toy grows with your small child. From approximately 3 months old, when babies are learning to grasp objects, they can explore each individual ring using their hands and mouth. Once babies are sitting up independently, around 8-11 months old, they can begin to explore removing the rings from the dowel. And eventually, from 12 months up, they can attempt to place the rings back on the dowel, which is a much greater challenge.

 What are the benefits of using the stacking toy?

  • Helps to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as babies remove and replace the rings on the dowel.
  • As the child grows older, the concept of sequence and size can be introduced. Children practice placing the largest ring at the bottom and moving their way up to the smallest.
  • Helps to develop gross motor skills, as babies begin to move around on their own (e.g. Roll a ring away from the baby and have him/her move to catch it).

Budget: $50-$100

Our Pick:  My First Library Bundle ($69.99)

Why did we choose this?

The great thing about toddler books is that you don't need a huge library. Young children love reading the same books over and over and the repetition and memorization helps with early reading.

This make it's easy to fill your home library with quality over quantity.

The only tricky thing about toddler books is that some are... just not that great. It can be hard to know when you're browsing Amazon, which ones you'll enjoy reading after the 50th time.

So we've done the work for you :) Our ECE and Montessori-certified teacher have come up with their favourite infant and toddler books.

What are the benefits of using infant book bundle?

  • Reading to a baby teaches them about communication and helps them build listening, memory and vocabulary skills, all while teaching them about the world around them.

Budget: $100-$200

Our Pick: Wooden Blocks in Truck ($109.99)

Wooden Blocks In A Truck - The Montessori Room Le Tursquin Boutique Made in Quebec
Why did we choose this?

A set of blocks is one of the best toys for development. Exploring blocks from a young age is a good foundation for creative thought, problem solving skills, mathematical skills, hand eye coordination and fine and gross motor skills development.

Huge bonus: this set comes with two toys in one -  the storage container for the blocks is also a beautiful truck

 What are the benefits of this block set in truck?

  • Fine and gross motor skills development
  • Learning to move block pieces together helps to develop spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • Hand-eye coordination as babies learn there is a connection between their hands and eyes when manipulating the pieces
  • Problem solving skills
  • Math and science learning
  • Promotes creativity and enhances the imagination

Budget: $200+

Our Pick: Infant Montessori Box ($249.99)

Infant Montessori Box - The Montessori Room

Why did we choose this?

We have made gift giving so simple with this Infant Montessori Box. It includes all of our bestselling infant toys; everything your infant needs to support their development. Not to mention it helps bring the first stages of Montessori exploration into the home. 

What are the benefits of the Infant Montessori Box?

  • It includes items that help support your infant’s optimal development.
  • Each item was carefully selected by a Montessori certified educator, as well as a Masters level early childhood educator
  • The box includes the following items: 
    • Munari Mobile (0-3 months), which stimulates baby’s developing vision, strengthens eye muscles and enhances baby’s focus and concentration; 
    • Tummy Time Cards (0-6 months), which are also perfect for stimulating a baby’s developing vision, as well as language comprehension; 
    • Gobbi Mobile (3 months+), which introduces graduated shades of green to stimulate the visual sense and introduce colour gradation; 
    • Wooden Rattle (4-8 months), which teaches cause and effect as the infant learns to grasp and shake the rattle to hear the sound it makes; 
    • Egg Maracas (8-12 months), which improve fine motor skills and the concept of cause and effect; 
    • Push Frog (8-12 months), which encourages movement and helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination; 
    • Fine Motor Set (8-18 months), which develops pincer grasp and encourages movement as the ball rolls away; 
    • Ring Stacker (12-18 months), which helps to enhance fine motor skills, perseverance, concentration and focus, as well as the concept of sequence and size.


One Year Olds

Budget: Under $30

Our Pick: Nesting Cubes ($25.99)

Why did we choose this?

You may have noticed your child attempting to fit one object into another between ages of 9-18 months. That's because children around this age become interested in nesting materials together.

Nesting materials are a great way to satisfy this stage of learning and develop many key fine motor skills, all while experimenting, problem-solving, and developing critical thinking skills.

What are the benefits of the Nesting Cubes?

  • Wonderful for teaching size differentiation and awareness of size
  • Develops dexterity and fine motor skills
  • Helps children grasp basic counting skills
  • Improves gross motor skills, the taller the tower is built
  • grasp and release movements

Budget: $30-$50

Our Pick: Seven Hands Cylinder Puzzle ($44.99)

Seven Hands Cylinder Puzzle - The Montessori Room Le Trusquin Boutique
Why did we choose this?

The knobs on this puzzle make it easy for young children to manipulate the pieces while developing the pincer grasp and hand strength, both of which are necessary for hand writing in a few years.

The style of puzzle, where each piece is the same shape but a different size, is a wonderful tool to help children develop size differentiation.

What are the benefits of the Seven Hands Cylinder Puzzle?

  • Develops fine motor skills, specifically the pencil grip, which helps with literacy activities later on
  • Promotes visual/spatial reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Challenges mathematical principles like size and weight
  • Teaches visual discrimination
  • Develops patience and concentration

 

Budget: $50 to $100

Our Pick: Cascading Tops ($59.99)

Cascading Spinning Tops - The Montessori Room

Why did we choose this?

This Cascading Tops toy is very engaging to young children. It is a wonderful tool to develop visual tracking and logic by teaching children how to anticipate the path of an object. It allows the child to focus on a moving object, which helps prepare the eyes for reading.

What are the benefits of the Cascading Tops?

  • Helps to develop tracking skills, as the child focuses on the moving tops and watches them move down. This prepares the eyes for reading. 
  • Strengthens the eye muscles 
  • Fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination 
  • Builds focus and concentration 
  • Science learning - basic concepts of gravity
  • Develops gross motor skills as children squat and stand, moving up and down over and over, which also strengthens the core muscles

 

Budget: $100-$200

Our Pick: Running Rabbit Ride On ($159.99)

Running Rabbit Ride On - The Montessori Room

Why did we choose this?

This beautiful ride-on toy helps children feel more independent and gain confidence as they explore their freedom of movement. As our little ones are learning to balance, stand and walk on their own, introducing ride-on toys provide a ton of fun and physical benefits!

What are the benefits of Running Rabbit Ride On?

  • This toy is the perfect size for little children who are showing interest in exploring gross motor activities.
  • Helps to develop gross and fine motor skills
  • Using feet to move the ride-on forward is a difficult physical task - it involves balance, coordination, strength, patience and perseverance.
  • The four wheels helps to prevent too many falls, and is a great precursor for learning to ride a balance bike.
  • Builds muscle tone, specifically in the legs and core.


Budget: $200+

Our Pick: Learning Tower ($329.99, includes FREE toddler knife)

Why did we choose this?

We often get asked for help deciding between the different active toys, Montessori Climbing Triangle vs. Waldorf Rocker vs. Arch Climber vs. Balance Board. While those are all great toys, especially for gross motor development, the Learning Tower is often overlooked as a gift.

The Learning Tower has become the most used items in our house. In the months before we had one, my son had be been begging to be picked up while I prepared meals or snacks, but it was hard to really allow him to do much since I had to awkwardly hold him up to the counter.

The Learning Tower turned out to be an amazing gift for both my son and I.

It allowed my son a lot more freedom to help, while keeping him safely contained to one area of the countertop.

What are the benefits of the Learning Tower?

  • It is extremely durable and can hold up to 250lbs.
  • All the edges have been rounded so there are no sharp edges and it is sealed with a 100% food grade oil that makes it non-toxic and very easy to clean.
  • It can fit almost every kitchen with a footprint of only 16” x 18.5”.
  • Features 3 different height settings to grow with your child from ages 1 to 5. (Heights from ground to platform: 12”, 14”, 16”)
  • Getting children involved in food preparation makes them more likely to eat the food that is being made. Say goodbye to picky eaters!
  • It makes it easier for kids to wash their hands at the sink independently.

 

Two Year Olds

Budget: Under $30

Our Pick: Monkey Around ($27.99)

Monkey Around - The Montessori Room

Why did we choose this?

This is the perfect game for young children! It involves following simple instructions, movement and everyone's a winner! It is a springboard for future board game play, as it helps young children understand the concept of following directions and participating in turn taking.

What are the benefits of Monkey Around?

  • This game is designed to develop gross motor skills, hand eye coordination, imitation, vocabulary, communication skills and social emotional skills.
  • It encourages young children to follow directions and take turns.

 

Budget: $30-$50

Our Pick: Wooden Fruit & Vegetable Cutting Set ($36.99)

Why did we choose this?
Give your child an opportunity to safely practice cutting as young as 1 years old.

Engaging in the activity of cutting fruit and vegetables helps to promote the development of fine motor skills and the open-ended nature of this toy helps to build imagination and creativity in play.
What are the benefits of the Wooden Fruit & Vegetable Cutting Set?
  • Develops problem solving skills when putting the food back together and putting the correct peels on the right fruit.
  • Improves fine motor skills and hand strength when cutting the food.
  • Allows for pretend kitchen play to improve imagination.

Budget: $50 to $100

Our Pick: Wooden Ice Cream Cart ($84.99)

Wooden Ice Cream Cart - The Montessori Room

Why did we choose this?

This award winning toy is an amazing option to promote imaginative play that is based in reality. Children at a young age engage in play based on what they see in the world around them - like being at an ice cream shop or an ice cream truck. The best part is that the magnetic ice cream scoop magically picks up ice cream and places it on the cone.

What are the benefits of the Wooden Ice Cream Cart?

  • This toy encourages interaction, collaboration and conversation.
  • It stimulates the imagination and encourages pretend play.
  • Using the ice cream scoops to serve up ice cream on a cone helps to develop fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and dexterity.
  • Encourages imaginative play based on real life experiences.
  • Social skills development - taking turns, negotiating, language skills (listening and talking), sharing.
  • Develops problem solving skills when using the ice cream scoop.
  • Role playing helps with emotional development.

Budget: $100-$200

Our Pick: A Set of Square Gel Floor Tiles ($54.99 each, come in 4 colours)


Why did we choose this?

While technically one tile comes in under the $100-$200 budget, a set of 2-3 of these tiles is a great addition to any play room, especially for the winter. Children (and adults) cannot resist the urge to jump, stomp, and push their hands around these sensory tiles. They burn off a lot of that cabin fever energy and will be engaging for years. 
What are the benefits of the Square Gel Floor Tiles?
    • Great for stimulating sensory and perceptual development.
    • The bright colours swish and move with every step, jump, dance, or hop, helping children to understand cause-effect learning.
    • Develops gross motor skills, including jumping and hopping on one foot.
    • Wonderfully calming. 

    Budget: $200+

    Our Pick: Montessori Climbing Triangle + Ramp ($349.99)

    Montessori Climbing Triangle Ramp - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    This is the #1 best selling product on our website and for good reason. It is the best toy for gross motor development, to satisfy the need for movement (indoors!) and to develop confidence engaging in physical activity. 

    What are the benefits of a Montessori Climbing Triangle and Ramp?

    • Gross motor skills development
    • Helps to develop balance, coordination and strengthen muscles
    • It promotes imaginative, open-ended play
    • Enhances problem solving skills
    • Develops the connection between the brain and the body
    • It helps children understand their own physical boundaries so that they can better judge other physical obstacles independently
    • It helps children expend energy when they are indoors
    • Increases spatial awareness
    • Promotes proprioception, which is the awareness of the body’s position and movement



    Three Year Olds

    Budget: $30-$50

    Our Pick: Rainbow Hand Kite ($19.99)

    Why did we choose this?

    The rainbow hand kite is such a simple and beautiful gift, and at only $19.99, works for any budget!

    Children will use the hand kite for 100 different games. Whether a child is pretending to be a jellyfish swimming in the ocean or a shooting star flying through the galaxy, the opportunities are endless.

    What are the benefits of a Rainbow Hand Kite?

    • Promotes movement and development of gross motor skills
    • Allows for creative thinking and open-ended play
    • Provides a wonderful sensory experience


    Budget: $30-$50

    Our Pick: Whale Stacking Equilibrium Game ($31.99)

    Whale Stacking Equilibrist Game - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    This wooden whale equilibrist game is a wonderful tool for teaching young children about balance. Placing the fish on top of each other will also help to develop the pincer grasp and other fine motor skills. This can be played as a game with dice or as a tool to practice balancing objects (when played independently). 

    What are the benefits of this stacking game?

    • Helps to develop logical thinking skills and problem solving skills
    • Develops focus and concentration
    • Fine motor skills: grasp and release, hand eye coordination, manipulation of the piece to balance successfully on top of another piece
    • Perseverance, as children work toward balancing all the fish on top of the whale
    • Develops language skills associated with direction (e.g. above, beside, etc.)
    • Teaches the concept of trial and error

     

    Budget: $50 to $100

    Our Pick: Magna Tiles Animals Sets (Safari, Jungle, Arctic) ($69.99)

    Magna-Tiles® Safari Animals 25-Piece Set - The Montessori RoomMagna-Tiles® Jungle Animals 25-Piece Set - The Montessori RoomMagna-Tiles® Arctic Animals 25-Piece Set - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    Adding these sets to your magnetic tiles collection (or starting with this set as a basis for your magnetic tiles collection) provides the element of dramatic, imaginative, and creative play based on a specific subject. Inquisitive kids and animal lovers will learn about different creatures through engaging, hands-on play, by following the footprints of each animal and building habitats.  

    What are the benefits of Magna Tiles Animal Sets?

    • They are extremely durable and can be used indoors or outdoors.
    • They are designed for small hands and the magnets are very strong, even young children can easily be used to build and play with them.
    • They foster open-ended, creative play, making them a valuable educational resource.
    • They are compatible with all other Magna Tiles sets.
    • They help to develop critical thinking skills, hand eye coordination, problem solving skills, perseverance, fine motor skills, language development, 2D and 3D shape recognition, patterning, spatial awareness, building skills, concentration and focus.

     

    Budget: $100-$200

     Our Pick: Way to Play Tracks ($104.99)

    Way To Play Tracks - Grand Prix - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    The Way to Play tracks are perfect for any car lover! The puzzle-like pieces can easily be manipulated by small hands. The best part - they can be used indoors or outdoors or even in the bath/shower. Plus, they're easy to clean and large enough to work with any vehicles you may have at home.

    What are the benefits of the Way to Play tracks?

    • Helps to develop fine motor skills, as children manipulate the pieces, like a puzzle, to fit them together to make a track
    • Teaches problem solving skills
    • Tests patience, resilience and perseverance
    • They are durable and can be used indoors or outdoors and in the bathtub!

    Budget: $200+

    Our Pick: Waldorf Rocker Board ($329.99)

    Waldorf Rocker Board - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    The Waldorf Rocker is a great indoor climber that can be used in many different ways: upside down as a bridge or slide, on its side as a stand for imaginative play scenarios (think puppet theatre!), and, of course, as a rocker. It is a very versatile toy and *BONUS* it's made right here in Canada. 

    What are the benefits of the Waldorf Rocker?

    • It helps stimulate the vestibular system and proprioception (awareness of one’s physical body and its parts)
    • It helps stimulate the imagination and creative, open-ended play
    • Gross motor development - they are a great physical outlet for kids who are stuck indoors
    • Helps to develop balance, coordination and strengthen muscles
    • Develops the connection between the brain and the body
    • It helps children understand their own physical boundaries so that they can better judge other physical obstacles independently

     

    Four Year Olds

    Budget: Under $30

    Our Pick: Large Watercolour Paint Set ($15.99)

    Why did we choose this?

    Four is a great age to allow more freedom with art materials. At this age, children aren't so overwhelmed when you provide more colour choices. It's also an inexpensive choice that will universally be loved. I've never met a 4 year old that didn't like painting!

    What are the benefits of this watercolour paint set?

    • Great for exploring different shades of colours and learning more about colour mixing.
    • A wonderful tool for developing creativity. Simply provide a blank sheet of paper and let the creative juices flow.
    • Provides an opportunity to develop hand strength and control of a paintbrush, useful for improving handwriting skills.

    Budget: $30-$50

    Our Pick: Snakes and Ladders Game ($34.99)

    Snakes and Ladders Game - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    How about a game that doesn’t involve technology but is still fun and engaging?! This does exist, believe it or not. It can be found in this childhood classic!

    Snakes and Ladders is the perfect game to teach children how to count by following numbers in the correct order, as well as how to follow rules. This game is  an amazing tool to get children ready for school. There are so many indirect educational benefits.

    What are the benefits of Snakes and Ladders?

    • Mathematics Skills - Counting, number recognition, number sequence, addition and subtraction 
    • 1:1 correspondence - accurately counting using their playing piece from square to square. This skill also translates to reading, as children need to follow the words one by one in the correct sequence to read correctly
    • Language skills development - language around direction (forward, backward, up, down) and language around numbers
    • Social Skills development - this game cannot be played alone. Children need to work on taking turns and understanding the concept of winning and losing
    • Improves attention span, focus and concentration
    • Fine motor skills development - moving the playing pieces from one square to another

     

    Budget: $50-$100

     Our Pick: Ocamora Stones (7 or 12 pc) ($79.99)

    Ocamora Rainbow Stones (12 pc) - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    These handcrafted balancing stones are based on an ancient Japanese rock piling game meant to improve concentration and creativity. In addition to trying to stack and balance them, they can be used in imaginative play, as well as in ways that promote mathematical thinking: sorting and counting.

    What are the benefits of Ocamora Stones?

    • They teach children to think abstractly 
    • They help build creativity
    • They help to develop patience, confidence, perseverance
    • They teach problem solving skills and trial and error
    • Fine motor skills development - gently manipulating the stones to stack and balance them on top of each other

     

    Budget: $100-$200

     Our Pick: Kimboo Balance Board (Regular Size) ($168.99)

    Kimboo Balance Board - The Montessori Room indoor activities

    Why did we choose this?

    A bestseller for sure! I recommend the regular size because it grows with your child. A balance board is a great tool to help develop coordination, balance, and confidence. It is also an amazingly open-ended toy and can be used as a car ramp, doll cradle, slide from the couch, stuffy wagon, stretching apparatus, mini fort, and much more!

    What are the benefits of the Kimboo Balance Board?

    • Enhances gross motor skills
    • Increases spatial awareness
    • Teaches balance and coordination
    • Strengthens muscles
    • Promotes proprioception
    • Encourages open-ended play

     

    Budget: $200+ 

    Our Pick: 4 Year Old Montessori Box ($209.99)

    4 Year Old Montessori Box - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    We have made gift giving so simple with this 4 Year Old Montessori Box. It contains a variety of art, educational and entertaining items to help develop cognitive and creative skills in children aged 4-5+. 

    What are the benefits of the 4 year old Montessori Box?

    • It supports your 4 year old’s optimal development
    • It was curated by a Montessori certified educator, as well as a Masters level early childhood educator
    • This box includes: 
      • Watercolour Paint Set, which includes 24 watercolour paints that children can explore and let their creativity run wild; 
      • Flower Press, which allows children to preserve all the treasures they find in nature by pressing them between the cardboard inserts to create dried memories; 
      • Map of Canada Puzzle, which helps children learn about the Canadian provinces and all the unique animals that live in Canada; 
      • Tangram Game, which is an excellent educational game that teaches about shapes, geometry, spatial awareness and spatial vocabulary; 
      • Number Tracing Board, which allows children to explore numbers (both recognition and formation) by tracing the numbers using their fingers, the stylus or with any sensory materials (e.g. beads or play dough); 
      • Letter Tracing Board (Lowercase), which allows children to explore lowercase letters (both recognition and formation) by tracing the letters using their fingers, the stylus or with any sensory materials (e.g. beads or play dough)    

     

    Five Year Olds

    Budget: Up to $30

    Our Pick: Wooden Bug Box ($22.99)

    Why did we choose this?
    This Canadian-made bug box encourages children to slow down and explore the outdoors, something all children cherish when given the chance. Once they are done their observations, just leave the box outside, open the door and allow the insect to escape.
    What are the benefits of the bug box?
    • Encourages exploration of the natural world
    • Promotes time spent outdoors and development of gross motor skills
    • Develops an early interest in science

    Budget: $30-$50

    Our Pick: Animal Parade A to Z Puzzle ($49.99)

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    Why did we choose this?

    This award winning puzzle is truly multidimensional. It provides amazing practice for letter recognition and letter sequencing of both upper and lowercase letters. The puzzle to fit all the animals back in the box is a true challenge as well.

    As an added bonus, the animals can be used on their own for open-ended imaginative play. 

    What are the benefits of the Animal Parade A to Z Puzzle?

    • It features both upper and lowercase letters to help with letter recognition and letter sequencing skills
    • Develops fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, as the pieces are put together in a very uniquely challenging way
    • Enhances problem solving skills
    • Teaches patience, concentration and perseverance
    • Encourages open-ended, imaginative play
    • Language development - directional language and language around animals
    • Each letter corresponds to the animal it is written on, which helps with letter sounds and reading skills (e.g. A is for Alligator)

     

    Budget: $50 to $100

    Our Pick: Play Dough Kits (WinterCupcake, Construction) ($49.99)

      

    Why did we choose this?

    These kits were created by a Montessori certified teacher and are designed for open-ended, creative exploration. They can be used over and over again for hours of independent play. 

    What are the benefits of ?

    • To improve fine motor skills, which enhances writing skills
    • Provide a calming, relaxing, and therapeutic experience
    • Improve concentration, patience and focus
    • Enhance language, math, and science skills
    • Develop hand-eye coordination
    • Strengthen the muscles in the hands and fingers
    • Increase curiosity and knowledge 

     

    Budget: $100-$200

    Our Pick: Magna Tiles 100-Piece Set ($149.99)

    Magna Tiles 100 pc - The Montessori Room

    Why did we choose this?

    Magnetic tiles have got to be one of the most popular toys among children of all ages. Not only are MagnaTiles educationally beneficial but they are incredible for open-ended, imaginative play. They can be used for years, even adults enjoy playing with them. 

    What are the benefits of Magna Tiles?

    • They are open-ended and versatile; perfect for imaginative play
    • They help to develop critical thinking skills, hand eye coordination, problem solving skills, perseverance, fine motor skills, language development, 2D and 3D shape recognition, patterning, spatial awareness, building skills, concentration and focus.
    • They are perfectly sized for little hands
    • They are durable enough to use in the playroom, classroom or outside

       

      Budget: $200+

       Our Pick: Brooklyn House ($234.99) or Southlands Stable ($299.99)

       

      Why did we choose this?

      The Brooklyn House and Southlands Stable provide a great backdrop for any imaginative play scenario. Sometimes children need a starting point to guide their imagination. Pair these with our Holztiger animals, peg people, Thorpe vehicles or Way to Play roads and watch what unfolds!

      What are the benefits of ?

      • They both require no fasteners or tools to assemble, making them easy to disassemble for storage
      • They are incredibly durable and can withstand a lot of weight (approx. 300 lbs)
      • The Southlands Stable has a roof that is removable, allowing easy access to the interior, as well as removable sides so animals can roam freely
      • When not in use for imaginative play, the Brooklyn House can be used as a beautiful bedside table!
      • Before age 6, children’s imaginative play is often related to real-life experiences and usually includes props and tons of language. These 2 houses allow children to play out their daily experiences in the home. 
      • Helps to develop language skills and social-emotional skills


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      1 Response

      Abigail Lacroix
      Abigail Lacroix

      November 10, 2021

      Really great suggestions, I’m considering the rocker or balance board for my 3 year old. What would you recommend? Which in your opinion has more longevity for kids?
      Thanks!

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