Whether you’re looking for Montessori materials for a Montessori school, traditional preschool, homeschool, or occasional use at home, there are plenty of materials to choose from online. And with so many online resources, there are now Montessori materials available for all budgets.
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Note: This post was originally published in August 2010. It was just updated, but it includes the original comments telling about readers’ experiences with various Montessori suppliers.
The Materials You See in Many Montessori Schools
In pictures of Montessori schools, you’ll often see lots of beautifully crafted wooden Montessori materials. Very often these are from Nienhuis Montessori. Nienhuis Montessori materials are available throughout the world for anyone to purchase.
Many Montessori schools also buy materials from Gonzagarredi. Both Nienhius and Gonzagarredi make their materials from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)blueprints. The only other AMI approved Montessori material company is Matsumoto, a Japanese company.
Less Expensive Sources for Montessori Materials
If you’re looking for materials for a traditional preschool or home setting, cost may be a primary consideration. There are still excellent options for Montessori materials that are practical for your setting.
Here are a number of companies you can check out for the type of materials and price range best for you and your situation:
Alison’s Montessori (I reviewed these Alison’s Montessori value-line materials: Pink Tower, Brown Stair, Red Rods and Stand, Natural Geometric Solids, Sandpaper Numbers, and Small Movable Alphabet – Alison’s Montessori Review. I reviewed Alison’s Montessori value-line Cylinder Blocks and Knobless Cylinders – Alison’s Montessori Cylinder Blocks and Knobless Cylinders Review. I reviewed Alison’s Montessori Pink Tower Stand, Plastic Insets and Templates, Wooden Box for Inset Paper, Binomial Cube, Trinomial Cube, Decanomial Box, and Golden Beads – Alison’s Montessori Review.)
Montessori Supplies (a UK company)
Absorbent Minds Montessori Absorbent Minds Montessori is a UK company with Montessori materials in three price ranges: premium (Nienhuis Montessori), standard (Absorbent Minds), and budget (Discount Montessori).
Teaching from a Tackle Box (small versions of Montessori materials for limited space)
Adena Montessori WARNING: See Tracey’s, Pamela’s, and Jennifer’s comments below about Adena Montessori.
Specialized Montessori Materials (practical life, Montessori 3-part cards vocabulary cards, etc.).
Many of these materials are inexpensive and easy to add to any home.
For Small Hands (products specifically for Montessori at home)
Etsy (Once you’re there, search for Montessori.)
Montessori by Mom (started in 2014 and offers monthly boxes of Montessori materials and activities by subscription) Get $10 off a new subscription with the code AFFDECH. Montessori By Mom also has a store with individual toolboxes, activity sets, and single items.
Montessori Print Shop (You’ll also find a number of Montessori Print Shop materials along with John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook available as the Montessori at Home bundle in the Living Montessori Now shop.)
The Montessori Company (Get 15% off with code LIVINGMONTESSORINOW)
Polliwog (sandpaper letters and numerals)
There are many wonderful Montessori bloggers with Montessori printables for sale. It would be prohibitive to list them all. You’ll find most of them at Teachers Pay Teachers.
My Experiences with Montessori Suppliers
When I owned my Montessori preschool in the 1980s, I purchased Montessori materials from Nienhius Montessori, Michael Olaf, and Montessori Services. During my children’s elementary years, I purchased some materials from Montessori Research and Development. All my experiences with those companies were wonderful. When I needed Montessori materials to use in a day nursery in England for my master’s degree school placement, I purchased materials inexpensively from Absorbent Minds Montessori, a Montessori Marketplace, and TTS (sandpaper letters). I had great experiences with those companies as well.
As a Montessori grandma, I have a number of wonderful companies I get materials from. I have reviews of a number of them.
Here are some of my review posts about my Montessori sponsors and affiliate products:
- Montessori Print Shop
- Montessori Compass
- Alison’s Montessori
- Trillium Montessori
- KHT Montessori
- Montessori By Mom
- Pin-It! Maps
- Montessori Services
- Every Star Is Different
- Montessori for the Earth
Here are a few of my product posts with gift guides and Montessori material recommendations:
Helpful Comments about Buying Montessori Materials
Check out the discussion at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page about where to buy materials if you live in Canada.
If you’re wondering about the mini Montessori materials, check out the comments in this post for helpful information: How to Start Using Montessori at Home.
Check out the discussion at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page about Kid Advance and Montessori Outlet.
This post is a work in process as I discover new sources and gain feedback. The list of Montessori suppliers is long, so you’ll have to do some comparison shopping for the current prices. Read the comments as well for recommendations from other Montessori homeschoolers!
Have you had experience with Montessori suppliers? I really appreciate hearing about your experiences and recommendations.
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