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Best Montessori Toys for 4-year-olds – Practical List

Best Montessori Toys for 4-year-olds – Practical List

Montessori learning toys are some of the best options you can choose for the development of your child (and for a full round of fun, of course). In this article, we are going to walk you through some of the best Montessori toys for 4 year olds, but first, let’s talk about what is the Montessori approach anyway?

Why is everybody loving it?

Cute little fox makes for a great play + education combo

Montessori is an educational method developed by Italian physician and anthropologist, Maria Montessori. The method is based on collaborative play, creativity, self-directed activities, and essentially, the belief that every child should be given the opportunity to learn at their own pace.
Now, you need to understand that Montessori is not just a fancy trend – we know everybody talks about it online – but, on a deeper level, it has always been around. That’s because it emphasizes a positive, nurturing environment in which children can grow and feed their natural curiosity.

What are the best Montessori toys that can support your child do just that?

There are so many things to cover here. And, because our focus is on eco-friendly, safe, wooden toys for children, we enhanced the power of this methodology, and we always develop our toys accordingly. 

We believe that nature is at the core of this philosophy, and, if you think about it, it’s not even about putting a label on the methodology itself – it’s about letting your child explore and use their imagination.

Hence, the best Montessori toys for 4 year olds, for example, should endorse these features. They should develop gross motor coordination and language skills, provide a safe, but engaging environment for them, develop self-confidence, and basically offer enough opportunities for them to gain independence and understanding of daily tasks. 

Here is what we put on our list of best Montessori toys, and why:

1. Nature-inspired toys

And we talk about flowers, trees, mushrooms, vegetables, and so on. Essentially anything that can provide the child with the means to learn about their surroundings in a safe, non-forcing way. 

We chose these mushrooms, and this set of flowers, made of 100% wood, painted using water-based colors. They are ideal for pretend-play and learning.

2. Set of Safari animals

Look at them, so cute lined up there, waiting for little hands to play with!

This beautiful, realistic-looking set of safari animals is exactly what you need for a fruitful open-ended play session. Each animal is anatomically proportioned to the others, and it’s been designed to the smallest details to look like its natural counterpart.

Also made of wood, and extremely safe to play with, they provide a real sense of what the Savannah environment looks like. 

3. Kitchen with utensils 

A realistic-looking kitchen made of wood (you probably wonder why wood is preferred by the Montessori pedagogy. More on this at the end of the article), with all utensils you need to provide your child with the best pretend-play environment.

There are endless options here, but mainly let your child explore it in their own rhythm. Observe what they are more interested in: is it the cooking method? The way they can turn one thing into something else (veggies into a soup, for example)? Or maybe they are curious about stacking the pots and cleaning after “cooking”?

4. Life on a farm

Ok, if there is something you can do here is to literally take your child to a farm! It’s the best thing you can do. But you can’t bring the farm inside the house, can you? So that’s when a wooden farm with realistic features comes in handy. 

Children can still explore the farm world in a safe, engaging way, while they learn about the relationship between animals and human beings, and essentially about how a farm “works.”

There is also a fine motor skill element here, as a toy farm made of wood has many interesting nooks and crannies children can explore. Take the Golopdhin farm from our collection. The downstairs feed-throughs have beautifully carved doors your child can open and close, letting the animals in and out. 

So many possibilities for playing!

Or how about trying to fit the ladder in the exact spot, so that the farmer can safely reach the hay attic?

5. Wooden vegetable toys

These wooden veggies are so realistic you could eat them!

Ah, a collection of wooden vegetable toys is one of the best Montessori toys you can ever invest in. Not only are they extremely safe (particularly if they are painted using only water-based colors), but they feature realistic details. So, you can encourage a 4-year-old to categorize each fruit (citrus fruit, exotic fruit, and so on), or to sort them by size, for example. 

These are also a fabulous tool for parent-child interaction, as there are countless games and stories you can come up with!

6. Montessori Puzzles

We just had to put this on our list! If you’ve already started playing with your 4-year-old using single-shaped puzzles as a baby, it should be really easy to introduce him/her to more complex puzzles. 

The fact is, when grasping a piece of the puzzle, a child fine-tunes the tiny muscles used in handwriting. Plus, the joy and pride of putting together a puzzle are priceless! They help with the confidence building that’s so important at this age.

It doesn’t really matter how complex the Montessori puzzle is. Take this tree, for example. The crown is made of three pieces that, when put together, form this beautiful element of nature. Is it complex? No. But does it enhance your child’s ability to find creative solutions, does it improve their memory, and does it improve your child’s attention span? Absolutely! 

So, you see, these are some of our favorite Montessori toys for 4 year olds, but truly, the list could go on and on. Nowadays, the sky is the limit (or should we say “Internet is the limit”? Probably!), and there are so many incredible choices out there.

Noelino toys are made precisely for Montessori enthusiasts, made of 100% wood, and painted using only water-based colors – so you might want to have a look in our shop and choose your favorite!

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