Gift-Giving Ideas You’ll Be Thankful For

One of the magical parts of the holiday season is the joy of gift-giving. From a Montessori perspective, learning how to give and receive gifts with grace and courtesy is an important part of the season for our children. This is a learned skill that can be practiced through role-play, modelled by caregivers’ demonstration of gratitude, and reiterated in the values we promote during the festive months. For example, establishing family traditions that focus on giving, such as participating in “The Wishing Tree”, shows a child that they can garner happiness from the experience of making someone else happy. Similarly, some families choose to prioritize experiential gifts and quality time, while some follow a “something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read” guideline. These chosen rituals develop an appreciation and graciousness around gift-giving that leave us and our children fulfilled rather than frazzled when Santa Clause comes to town.

Being intentional about what gifts will best serve your child, support their learning, and follow their interests is another way to honor the Montessori philosophy through the holidays. The following gift ideas get the stamp of approval from our teachers as gifts your child will love – and that also happen to strongly support their learning and development!

Letter and Number Puzzles: Early exposure to ABCs and 123s can pique children’s interests and establish strong pre-literacy and math foundations.

Seek-and-Find Books: Strengthen vocabulary and concentration with one of children’s favorite games – hide-and-seek!

Screen-Free Audio Player: Listening to audiobooks exposes children to a wider vocabulary, improves reading comprehension, models fluency, and fosters a love for stories.

Writing Tablet: This engaging device builds fine motor skills and can be used to practice word reading and printing.

Kid’s Cookbook: Practicing practical math and reading skills while making yummy food – what could be better?

Globe or Constellation Map: Helps children establish an awareness of where we are on earth and in space.

National Geographic Kits: Whether it’s chemistry, geology, a microscope, or a terrarium, these kits invite critical exploration of the world. 

Board or Card Games: Number-centered games like “Shut The Box” or “Go Fish” establish mathematical terminology and awareness with none of the intimidation and all the fun.  

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