When creating a Montessori room for your toddler, comfort and safety should be top of the list. According to Suzanne Kasler, creating a comfortable space for your youngster to explore and develop their mental and motor skills can be as simple as adding a thick and plush rug, or as elaborate as designing the entire room around their play space. Comfort for your toddler can also come in the form of bright colors, plenty of space for their favorite toys, or bright and natural sunlight allowed into the room through sheer and vibrant curtains.
Designing your Montessori toddler room should be a very personal and specific process that is unique to your child, without being overly busy or too confusing for the youngster to navigate. According to child psychologist, a Montessori room will be built for the child and highly accessible to them through the use of child-sized chairs and beds, educational toys, age-specific books, and well-lit areas for art. Know what your child's individual interests are, and encourage it through toys, sensory platforms, and more. Design the room around a play and exploration area, giving your toddler plenty of space to develop their motor skills, artistic skills, and imagination.
The Montessori aesthetic encourages a child to learn about and appreciate daily chores and activities. For most Montessori toddler rooms, Virginia Tupker suggests looking for bright but neutral colors such as beige, cream, or ivory tones to help brighten up the space. Allow your toddler plenty of tasks to do in their own space, to help give them a sense of purpose and pride such as dusting their own bookshelves, sweeping their floor, or being able to put away their own toys in easily accessible and child-sized toy chests.
When it comes to the best Montessori toys, furniture, and accessories for your toddler's room, focus on high quality solid wood as the main material. Solid wood is an excellent material for durability, especially when it comes to toddler furniture and repetitive learning toys and task items, and in fact is highly preferred for true Montessori toddler items. Birch, pine, and maple are popular and extremely common wood choices for Montessori toddler toys and furniture, while a variety of woods can be used for toy storage, book shelves, and other similar accessories. Materials to avoid for Montessori should be any plastics, some metal, and all glass in order to ensure your child can explore their space in a safe and effective manner.