Montessori Work From 12 To 15 Months


Since Emil approached 12 months I added some new materials on our Montessori shelve for every day to explore and play.  On his shelf he has:

Large and Small Balls – also, an early opportunity for a child to discriminate size. The child has to sort out which bead to place where by the height of the post and the size of the bead. Still little bit advanced for him. He mostly just plays with the balls.

Thick and Thin cylinder – an early opportunity for a child to discriminate size. The child has to sort out which cylinder to place where by the size of the hole and the thickness of the cylinder.

Object Permanence Box – this activity gives the child practice with hand-eye co-ordination as the ball is put through the hole at the top. The ball then rolls in and out of sight giving a lesson in object permanence. The ball is then delivered to the front of the box ready to repeat the activity over and over. Do I need to say that he mastered this activity.

Peg and Egg – simple but fun activity.

Language Basket – with objects of different animals and book with matching pictures. Here I also highlight sounds that animals make.

Bead Mover – This is a great fine motor toy as the babies move the beads. Nora loved this and it took a fair amount of concentration. She will be able to use this for a long time. 

Simple Puzzle – Ideally, we would have single shape puzzle for his age since this is still a bit complicated, but this is what we have.

We also have so many books and he has small shelf where I keep few books. Each week I rotate them for new ones. If you didn’t notice before I LOVE children’s picture books and we already have SO many so I keep them on side offering one or two at the time.

I also added few new Montessori friendly toys. I will show you in separate post. I rotate the toys gently. I keep his favourites out and those that are used less I rotate every week.

As an important note I’m showing Emil to put his toys away, back in the same place they came from when he has finished with them. It will be a while until he is able to put away his toys himself but I am sure he already knows where they go.

Does this seem like a lot of toys to you? I would love to hear your opinions.

  • Claire Lomax


    What a lovely selection of toys. It’s so important even at that age that they learn to tidy up. I am working on my step daughters but at 9 and 6, it’s proving hard work to break bad habits x

  • Samantha Donnelly


    These look great, I do love toys that are fun but also educational, learning is so much more fun through play

  • Jenny


    My son went to a Montessori nursery when he was little and he loved everything about it, it taught him so many skills.

  • Yeah Lifestyle


    I have heard so much about Montessori education for little ones, such a great way to learn through play as well

    • Natasha Mairs

      Yhe langague basket sounds really fun. I wish I did more Montessori things with my kids when they were little

  • Jess Howliston


    This looks like an amazing set up and lots of great options and toys here. I don’t think it is too many at all as I think it is nice for kids to have a choice, love the rotating too this is something I really need to do with my kids toys more often!

  • Kira


    We love Montessori and have built up quite a collection over the years . Definitely the way forward 🙂

    • michelle twin mum

      Oh wow, a Montessori shelf is a great idea. There is do much to learn and explore. Mich X

  • Kacie Morgan


    Montessori sound like a really quality brand when it comes to toys for babies and toddlers. I know I’d be happy to buy their products if I had children of my own.

  • Rhian westbury


    I think it’s great that all of these have that educational element to them, but they can also just be enjoyed as well x

  • Rebecca Smith


    I do wish I had done more Montessori activities with my kids when they were younger. It looks like you have a fab selection of toys and activities for him to do.



    It’s nice for them to have new toys to play with and enjoy. You have put loads of thought into your choices. Love the toy selection.

  • Melanie williams


    Never heard about this brand before, but I will have to let my friend know as this is perfect for her two xx

  • Playdays and Runways


    I have looked in to this way of learning a lot especially over lockdown. It’s such a nice way to watch your child develop.

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