Etsy Gift Guide: A Merry Montessori Christmas

Etsy Gift Guide: A Merry Montessori Christmas

As Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I’d start off by sharing some of my favorite transport toys, all available on Etsy. I have three children myself, so I’m always on the lookout for simple, well-designed toys, often handcrafted in wood and preferably eco-friendly.

Traditional or modern, natural or handpainted, wooden toys definitely have a timeless quality, and I think little boys (and girls) will be playing with trains, boats and planes for years to come.

Montessori Christmas Sled

Wooden Toy Christmas Sled
Available for $14 at Mumsybird

I love this simple, Waldorf-inspired Montessori Christmas sled & peg people set. Handpainted with a non-toxic watercolor paint and finished with non-toxic beeswax and jojoba, this simple toy could double as a festive decoration for your little one’s room when coupled with Mumsybird’s beautiful rocking trees.

Wooden Toy Car and Truck Set via Etsy

Wooden Toy Car & Truck Set
Available for $26 at Little Sapling Toys

Little Sapling Toys needs no introduction. Durable and completely natural, their two-piece car and truck set made from maple and walnut comes in a cotton drawstring carrying pouch. I love the dark, chunky wheels and it’s comforting to know that Little Sapling plants a new tree for every toy sold!

Wooden Toy Passenger Bus via Etsy

Wooden Toy Passenger Bus
Available for $23 at A Summer Afternoon

Generously-sized and originally-shaped, this fun, Montessori bus by comes with four passenger peg dolls for hours of pretend play. It’s crafted from walnut, sanded smooth and finished with beeswax. A great modern heirloom toy for play and display.

Wooden Airplane Toy via Etsy

Wooden Airplane Toy
Available for $14 at Imagination Kids

Eye-catching, eco-friendly design that’s easy on the pocketbook! These airplanes come in seven different colors, all AP/ACMI certified non-toxic. They are handcrafted from sustainably harvested wood and finished with a natural wood polish made from beeswax, jojoba oil, and essential oils, mmm!

Wooden Boat Puzzle via Etsy

Wooden Boat Puzzle
Available for $60 at A Summer Afternoon

Is it a boat? Is it a puzzle? No, it’s a boat-puzzle and block set, guaranteed to keep your little one occupied for hours. I love the fact that this developmental toy has been handcrafted from different types of wood (walnut, maple, cherry, alder, mahogany, oak, and hickory), creating a color contrast to promote shape and color recognition (along with other fine and gross motor skills). Another smart toy from A Summer Afternoon.

Walnut Toy Transport Truck via Etsy

Walnut Toy Transport Truck
Available for $12 at Bannor Toys

I am totally smitten with Bannor Toys’ wooden vehicles. I love their original, modern shapes, perfect for a baby’s grip, and can see this semi-truck set being kept out on display. You can choose from a variety of woods and can be sure that this handcrafted toy will be finished with a child-friendly, 100% natural beeswax and flaxseed oil finish. The semi-truck comes with a care card and drawstring carry bag for easy travel or storage. I want one, now!

  • Jill Heidinger Pauli

    These wood toys are beautiful! I made my daughter a wooden candy store set for Christmas and made another set for my brand-new Etsy store. My goal is to circle the globe one sweet shop at a time. I hope my kids will treasure the gift even
    when they are grown.
    You can check it out here: http://snugglebuguniversity.blogspot.com/2012/11/etsy-shop-grand-opening.html

  • Eva Monleón

    This is great! What a good new, I love Deborah vintage style and taste for toys.
    Hooray!!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Jill,

    I love your store and thanks for popping n! I just pinned a couple of your items on my Pinterest!

    Really amazing!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Eva,

    We’re so excited to have both of you as contributors. I’m going to make the Topsy doll for Charlotte.

    YOU R A STAR!

    Rachel

  • Jill Heidinger Pauli

    Thanks Rachel!

  • Deborah Beau

    I am thrilled to be here!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Deborah,

    Your finds are so special!

    Rachel

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Foster

    Montessori is so interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Foster

    Some really beautiful stuff here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Foster

    I agree. So much fun!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    I agree!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    I went to the century of a child exhibit in NYC and loved reading about Maria Montessori! Look into it and you’ll be even more fascinated. :)

    Thanks for stopping in!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    You got it! Love!

  • Kara Cole

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Deborah! There’s nothing better than the timeless quality of a hand-crafted wooden toy and good design. You’ve got a great eye!

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.beau.9 Deborah Beau

    Thanks! Glad you like these finds!