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Whether it be nearing a holiday season, you’re looking for quiet Sabbath day activities the kids will enjoy, or you’re in need of some Christian Montessori-inspired materials for your home or school, this list is for you! I will admit putting this post together took much longer than expected. I hadn’t realized how difficult it is to find Christian Montessori-inspired materials. Thankfully those I found, I absolutely love. Some we already have at home. The rest are on my wish list and/or my kiddos’ wish lists.
Realistic figures are used in Montessori classrooms to aid children in their learning process. I am a HUGE proponent of this as I have seen first hand how much it benefits my own children. Finding Biblical figures can be a bit of a challenge. I happened to find the sets below that would work beautifully at home or at school. The Moses Action Figure set (shown in the picture above) is my favorite. Other options are listed below.
If you’re looking for nativity figures, you may love My Little Sandbox Nativity Sandbox (shown above).
Nesting cups are a great way to teach children so many concepts. They are used in many Montessori classrooms. There are many different sets available on Amazon, but the Jesus Christ 5 Piece Nesting Doll Set is by far my favorite. I love how it depicts the life of the Jesus Christ so beautifully. Other sets I found appealing are below.
Those who use the Montessori Method are very familiar with the Pink Tower. There are times when owning the Pink Tower isn’t possible. The Melissa & Doug Days of Creation Stacking and Nesting Blocks may be a great alternative! This tower can also be a great tool when sequencing.
As mentioned before, finding Biblical figures can be a bit difficult. When no others can be found, Playmobil can be a life saver. Did you know they create some Biblical based sets? I am in LOVE with the PLAYMOBIL Animal Ark Playset. It’s a bit expensive so I may have to go for the PLAYMOBIL My Take Along 1.2.3 Noahs Ark instead, but either way, these are great manipulatives! And if you’re looking for a nativity set for children ages 4 and up, take a look at the options!
Some Montessorians prefer solid wood materials opposed to plastic. If that’s the case, don’t you love the Enchantmints Noah & Wife with Animals? If you’re looking for a wooden hands on nativity set for children the Melissa & Doug Nativity Set may just do the trick.
No matter whether it’s Easter, or you’re teaching lessons about the life of Jesus Christ, the manipulatives in the 12 Resurrection Eggs will be perfect to use at home or school.
My kiddos LOVE matching cards. We have these cards at home and the kiddos absolutely adore them. One side of the cards displays a beautiful true to life picture of a hero from the Bible. The other side of the card gives facts and shares their story. If you order two sets of Christian Bible Hero’s Pocket Cards, you’ll be all set for any type of nomenclature card activity you may want to create.
A Montessori environment wouldn’t be the same without music. This set of 100 Singalong Songs For Kids includes some religious songs for kids to help them learn concepts taught in the Bible.
Whether it be a Sunday afternoon, or I’m teaching my children about our Earth, I ALWAYS go to Disneynature movies as resources. They are beautifully narrated documentaries about the Earth around us and are a fabulous way to learn and understand more about God’s creations. Bulldozer’s and my favorite is Disneynature: Oceans. We have watched it countless times. Dinomite’s favorite is Disneynature: African Cats. Each year we try to add one more documentary to our collection. They are true to life and so moving. If your child loves nature, definitely check them out! More titles are below.
Musical theater is very much a part of our life at home. As we’ve initiated “going out” experiences with the kiddos now that they are 6 years old and older, the fine arts genre seems to be a favorite. You can read more about how we prepare the kiddos HERE. Therefore our Christian Montessori-inspired Gift Ideas for Kids post would not be complete without recommending the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Fine Arts performances and music can be such an effective way to teach Bible stories in ways that children will enjoy and understand. Be sure to pick up the DVD Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well, as you know your children will want to sing and dance to the songs over and over again.
Continuing on with the musical genre, I could not resist putting together a Christian based gift guide without including the movie musicals below. We own the entire series and watch one every Sunday as the kiddos are enjoying the Sabbath. Some moments are cheesy and funny, other moments are powerful and will move you to tears. If you enjoy musical theater, you will enjoy this collection. The movies are not cartoons, but filmed with real actors etc.
My favorites of the musical series include David & Goliath and Daniel and the Lions. Dinomite loves Esther and The King. Princess thoroughly enjoys Jonah & The Great Fish, especially since it has some fabulous dance scenes. I’ll admit these movies are probably the least Montessori item in the post, but again, we have really loved them and I couldn’t resist recommending them.
A Montessori gift guide wouldn’t be complete without including some beautifully illustrated true to life books for kids. The books are designed using the text of Christian children’s songs with illustrations to match. There are several to choose from.
For whatever reasons, finding quality play things and media for children with Christian themes can be very challenging. It is especially tricky to find items that treat the subject matter with due reverence, while also being fun and engaging. But, by taking an approach that emphasizes Montessori principles, great gift ideas are available. I hope you find this list helpful for holidays, or anytime a Christian-themed gift would be appreciated. Building faith in kids can be a lot of fun.
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