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.
Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links (at no cost to you).
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.
In addition to parent subscriptions, Monti Kids has school programs with materials and videos at a number of age levels for classrooms with children ages 0-3.
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.)
Kid Advance Montessori (A number of Kid Advance materials are available through Amazon.)
Leader Joy Montessori on Amazon
Affordable Montessori Materials
The Materials Company of Boston
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).
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)
Callie’s Corner – sister site to Montessori n’ Such (Some Callie’s Corner items are available on Amazon.)
NAMC’s Montessori 3-6 Homeschool Program (learn more about it and get link to a review in this post)
Montessori Research and Development
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:
Montessori Practical Life Materials I Recommend Buying
Montessori Sensorial Materials I Recommend Buying
Gift Guide for Montessori Homeschoolers
Favorite Handmade Learning Materials for Montessori Preschoolers from Etsy
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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Maurissa Pence says
I was so confused reading bad reviews about A.dena Montessori, I had to go into my email archives.
In Oct 2016 I ordered almost $650 from adena Montessori and the order was filled and shipped overnight. I know, I couldn’t believe it. That’s why I Checked my email. Yup, and ups delivered 7 days later. I had a few missing tiles from the +/- & ×/÷ equation boxes, so I emailed within the 30 day time limit and attached pictures. I recieved the replacements in 4 days.
All of their products were very nice quality, and I love their golden beads the best, they are translucent. I ordered sensorial (pink tower, brown blocks,knobbed cylinders, red rods, red and blue blue rods…), math ( checker board beads, stamp game, negative snake game …)
I also ordered from montessori n such for their language object sets (kids love small objects,but just play with them not name them and match or group them!), and Montessori Services for practical life (love it). I’m purchasing again this year, but using the kids public school funds though an independent studies charter school (public homeschooling!) so I will come back and report what happens!
Hi there. I was reading your comment and wanted to kindly ask you for an update as you mentioned you were going for a second purchase with Adena?
I’m scouting the internet to better understand the quality and the experience with them before I make my own purchase. Thank you in advance
My wife and I are planning on starting to home school our children for elementary school after they have been attending a Montessori school for the last 4 years (they are both 6 yes old). Would purchasing a full 6-9 year old package of products from a site like Allison’s Montessori be a good option (although expensive), or is that overkill? Would it be a better idea to buy individual works as needed?
Deb Chitwood says
Hi Russ! I generally recommend buying individual works as needed. A homeschool can be individualized so that some materials aren’t needed or are needed for such a short time that you can find substitutes that will work well. I hope that helps! 🙂 Deb
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Lois Tschaepe says
I am looking for magnetic foam letters with blue vowels and red consonants. Do you know of a source? Thank you
Mike Anderson says
Please update your link for Gonzagarredi Montessori materials to: https://etcmontessorionline.com/gonzagarredi/
ETC Montessori and its subsidiary are the approved Gonzagarredi distributors for the US and Canada.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you need to contact me with questions, please feel free to reach out to us.