3-6 Materials For Year One In the Montessori Preschool

3-6 Materials For Year One In the Montessori Preschool

We just wrapped up our first year of the 3-6 Montessori Materials in our home. I am getting organized with our materials and planning for what’s to come in the next 6-12 months in our homeschool preschool. In our home, we need to spread out our purchases in order to fit everything in the budget. The materials need to work for more than one child as well and have some resale value. We set a budget of about $100 a month and saved or purchased a little here or there. We’ve bought most of our items from Kid Advance (I am not an affiliate with them) but we bought a few things from other stores. I’ll list them with each item. Here’s a look at the materials we’ve used in our home year to date. Keep in mind that every child is different. We want to be preparing for the future while still following the child. A few items listed below were ones I had bought but we have not used yet in our home. For a look at the curriculum we follow in our Montessori Homeschool, check out this post.

Practical Life

Quick note on practical life. You want to make the environment as accessible as possible for your children. You want them to be able to do it themselves if they choose. Everything from dressing to preparing a snack. These items I’ve listed below are great for that in our home. You will need to see what your child needs. This is definitely not a comprehensive list.

Dressing Frames (& Stand) Similar Here- Kid Advance – I had planned to DIY this material but when I calculated the cost (not to mention the time!) it was actually rather close so I decided to grab them instead of buying. We went with 6 instead of all 12. We have the: large button, small button, snap closure, buckles, lacing, and bow dressing frames.

Montessori Dressing Frames

Melissa and Doug Real Cleaning Set

Melissa and Doug Cleaning Set Practical Life Montessori

Strawberry Slicer

Strawberry-Slicer Montessori Practical Life

Mini Potato Masher

Mini-Potato-Masher Montessori Practical Life

Wavy Knife

Wavy-Knife Montessori Practical Life

Serrated Knife Set

Serrated-Knife-Set Montessori Practical Life

Ikea Children’s Table and Chairs (child size seating option)

Ikea-Childrens-Table-and-Chairs Montessori Child Size Option


Pink Tower (& Stand) – Kid Advance

Knobbed Cylinders (Cylinder Blocks) – Kid Advance

Geometric Solids – Kid Advance

Brown Stairs – Kid Advance

Red Rods – We grabbed these from Kid Advance. I don’t have the stand yet, but plan to grab it in the future. Right now ours is actually displayed on the floor. We need more shelves!

Color Tablets (Box 1 & 2) – Instead of Grabbing Two Separate Boxes, we grabbed color tablets box 2 and used them for both. I presented box 1 in a basket. I got the Color Tablets Box 2 from Nafee’s Creations. They no longer have it listed, but they carry quite a few Montessori Items and may eventually add it back. IFIT Montessori carries all three color tablet boxes and they are currently on sale!

Color Tablets Box 3 – IFIT Montessori – great price and I am VERY happy with the quality. I did have to glue one wooden piece back on when it arrived but I got a great deal and the rest have held up.

Geometric Cabinet – Kid Advance – We already have this piece. I plan to present it over the summer (we are embracing year round homeschooling over here!)


Sandpaper Globe – DIY – When I went to purchase this item, it was sold out EVERYWHERE. Thanks pandemic 2020…. But this is honestly an easy DIY and I am thankful I ended up doing both this and the Continent Globe myself.

Continent Globe – DIY


Language Objects – We’ve used our Schleich animals, items from this summer loose parts, and this set from Montessori by Mom (They are currently on sale!). I am looking at grabbing these on Etsy from Montessori Methods. I am also looking at this collection. Really everything from that shop!

Language Objects Spring 2021

Phonemic Awareness Cards – Montessori Methods (Playful Path to Reading)

Lower Case Cursive Sandpaper Letters (& Box) – Kid Advance (Not Yet Introduced/May or June?)

Lowercase Double Sandpaper Letters (& Box) – Kid Advance

Moveable Alphabet (+ Extra Case for Language Object Box) *Not yet introduced; Summer 2021*



Schleich Animals

Safari Toob Butterflies

Safari Toob Backyard Birds

Safari Butterfly Lifecycle

Butterfly Lifecycle Puzzle

Animal puzzles – Almost all are from Pink Montessori

Penguin Montessori Puzzle

Horse Puzzle (Similar)


Bird Puzzle (Similar)


Fish Puzzle (Similar and here)


Turtle Puzzle (Similar and here)


Frog Puzzle (Similar and here)

Montessori Frog Puzzle

Insect puzzles – Pink Montessori

Ladybug Puzzle (Similar)


Ant Puzzle

Ant-Puzzle Montessori

Spider Puzzle

Montessori Spider Puzzle

Butterfly Puzzle (Similar)

Montessori Butterfly Puzzle

Plant Puzzles – Pink Montessori

Parts of a Tree Puzzle (Similar Here)

Parts-of-a-Tree-Puzzle Montessori

Parts of the Leaf Puzzle (Similar here on Amazon)

Parts of the Leaf Puzzle Montessori

Parts of the Flower Puzzle (Similar here and here)

Parts of the Flower Puzzle Montessori


Cosmic Nesting Boxes – DIY. I am spray painted these wooden Melissa & Doug boxes black (I grabbed them off of Amazon for $10!) and am put white vinyl cut outs on them.

Land Forms – DIY


Number Rods – Kid Advance *Have not presented yet. Still working with red rods. Summer 2021* This could be a year two item depending on the child.

That just about sums up our list for Montessori Materials for year one of 3-6 in our homeschool preschool! Hope you find this helpful in planning and preparing to teach Montessori at home.

Other resources for Planning & Prepping:

  1. Materials for Year 2 of Montessori 3-6 at Home
  2. My Yearly Planning Process for Montessori Littles (This has shifted a bit after our first full year in 3-6.)
  3. Preparing to Teach Montessori 3-6 (K3, K4, and K5) at home
  4. 2020/2021 Themes for our First Year of 3-6 (We did some of these themes and added some different ones too!)
  5. 2019/2020 Year In Review (Tot School + the start of 3-6 Materials)
  6. Academic Outline 2020/2021
  7. Year in Review 2020/2021
  8. Tracking in the Montessori Homeschool Classroom (plus a free tracking tool! My Google Sheet with EVERYTHING you need!)