The 20 Most Popular DIY Montessori Toys in 2024

The Montessori method of education is built on the idea that children are naturally creative, curious, and therefore already have the ability to learning about the world around them.

Providing your child with these do it yourself toys and activities will help create your child’s lifelong love of learning.

1. Color Sorting

You can use cloth, paper or other items in a set of five colors like primary colors. Your child should be able to match the colors of different items. Add more colors to match or other items as they gain skill with sorting.

2. Basic Insert Work

This is as simple using just an object and a container to put it in and take it out of. The item can be a ball or wooden egg placed into a bowl or pot and removed.

3. Mailbox Insert Work

This is the same concept, as above but a little more difficult.  All you need is a container with a hinged lid that you can make a slit in, and some discs that will fit through the slit.

4. Peg Insert Work

This can be done by making a hole in a clean soup container or box from a restaurant and used pegs that are part of a hammering set, clothes pins or some other wooden pegs.

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5. Ribbon Pull Toy

Take an empty breadcrumb canister and poke a bunch of holes in the lid. Measure the height of the canister and cut a colored sheet of paper to wrap around the canister. Adhesive construction paper will make your job easier, but you could just glue construction paper on. Add ribbon scraps and tie another knot at the end. Repeat until you have lots of ribbons for your toddler to pull.

6. Straw Insert Work

This one is very easy to make. Just poke holes in the lid of a cardboard box or paper towel holder and cut up little straws or pipe cleaners to put in. 

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7. Velcro Shapes Box

Get a box, tray or fabric and attach Velcro to areas. The cut-out shapes and glue Velcro to the back. These can be attached to make a pretty design.

8. Wallet with Cards

This is a fun one for older kids. Get an old wallet and used gift cards of old credit cards to put inside. Kids love to pretend like they are shopping and using the cards.

9. Tugging Box

Using a gift box or sturdy square box, poke holes along the sides. Pull ribbons of different colors through the holes and tie knots in the ends of the ribbons.

10. Scoop and Pour

Sill a bowl with items like rice, popcorn or raisins and provide other size bowls or ice trays. With different shape spoons or scoops move the items around.

11. Empty Container and Plastic Eggs

Make an easy game with an empty container and plastic eggs. Kids put them in and pour them out. You can use other items if you don't have plastic eggs.

12. Washing Apples

Set dirty apples in a large plastic bin and in a smaller bin add water. Give your kids scrub brushes and let them clean the apples.

13. Color Box

Using a shoe box or box with a lid, cut slits and color around the slit. Cut out pieces of color papers or coins and let your child match the color to the right slit.

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14. Zipper Board

Take a box or board and glue zippers of different colors and sizes to it. Let the kids pull them open and closed.

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15. Fish Tank Sensory Bag

A zip lock bag can become a fish tank with this fun idea. Tape it to a window or box and place colorful items inside and cut outs of fish. Kids will love moving items around to create their own underwater world.

16. Peek-A-Boo Sensory Board

Toddlers LOVE playing peek a boo. Create a board where they can see their reflection, touch textures or pictures. Glue these items to a board and place wipe lids on top.

17. Spider’s Web Discovery Basket

Take a laundry basket and string across it to create a spider’s web that toddlers can navigate and put toys in and under.

18. Button Tree Quiet Bin

Buttons and pipe cleaners provide hours of fun in this button tree quiet bin idea. Use a bin and let your child shape pipe cleaners into trees and use buttons as flowers.

19. Muffin Tin Activity

Using a muffin tin, place items like cotton balls, balls, carboard, fabric and anything else that will fit in each hole. Your child will love exploring each item and putting it back.

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20. Kaleidoscopes

With toilet paper rolls and some reflective and clear plastic you can make a fun colorful project for your child. Add beans and glue and you have your own kaleidoscope. Towel Folder Place several different color and size towels and wash rags in a basket. Let your kids dump them out and fold them and put them in.

Yes,it's more than possible to make your own Montessori toys! In fact, the whole idea of the Montessori method emphasizes the use of natural and simple materials, that's why making your own toys can be a fun way to teach your child real life skills.

Here are some tips for making Montessori-inspired toys:

  1. Use natural materials: Montessori emphasizes the use of natural materials like wood, cotton, and wool. You can use these materials to make your own toys, or repurpose materials you already have at home.

  2. Keep it simple: Montessori toys are designed to be simple and open-ended, allowing children to explore and learn through play. Avoid adding too many bells and whistles to your toys.

  3. Focus on learning: Montessori toys are designed to promote learning and development. Think about what skills your child is working on and create toys that will help them practice those skills.

  4. Make it safe: Safety is a top priority when it comes to making Montessori toys. Avoid using small parts that could be choking hazards and make sure all materials are non-toxic.

Remember, the most important thing when making Montessori toys is to focus on simplicity, natural materials, and learning. With these principles in mind, you can create toys that your child will love and that will promote their development and growth.

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