The best places to buy Montessori Materials
We often get asked where to buy Montessori materials. Everyone wants to know where to get authentic items that are "certified Montessori". The thing is that not much is really "certified Montessori" (AKA based on Association Montessori Internationale blueprints). Instead, it is all about how the toys are used and the learning that stems from playing with them. That being said, we definitely have our go to sources for materials and we will list them out here.
It may seems obvious, but this is the first place we look for most of our materials. It is really all in what you search for. To help with that we have added some links to our favorite search terms that usually get us going on a buying spree.
Another favorite place to look for unique Montessori materials is Etsy. Most things on etsy are handcrafted and an appealing astethic. While some things are very easy to DIY, others are well worth purchasing.
When we are looking for value priced, or hard to find items, we usually turn to Ebay. Ebay is a mixed bag for us. You never know exactly what you are going to get, but it is certainly fun to browse. Just make sure to price shop between sellers. Sometimes the price discrepancy is bigger than you may think. Also, a little trick that we like to do is search for some of the more expensive Montessori brands on Ebay to try and get them slightly used but at a discount. Try the links below.
We have mentioned Nienhuis Montessori in some of our previous posts. They make beautiful Montessori materials at a quality that is unmatched. However, they are very expensive and hard for most to justify for individual use. If you want some inspiration, or are feeling spendy, check them out.
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