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!