Sunshine, our youngest daughter has autism. When it comes to learning she is obsessed about botany, the study of plants. She loves to study trees, flowers, leaves and basically anything that has to do with plant life. If there are botany activities on her Montessori shelves, she is as happy as can be.
In the spirit of following Sunshine's interests I have gathered together a list of Montessori-inspired Botany Gifts and Resources to use when I'm in need of a gift or a learning resource for her. I couldn't resist sharing my fabulous finds. If you're looking for botany gifts or resources, this is the ultimate guide!
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Gifts and resources are divided by category. I couldn't believe how many fabulous gifts and resources there are out there. The project was definitely eye opening.
Montessori Botany Materials
For those looking for traditional Montessori botany materials, you can find all of the necessities below.
If you're looking for general plant life gifts and resources I've recommended my favorites below. There are so many out there to choose from. These are not organized in any particular order. Depending on the age and abilities of your child will determine what you might want to try out.
Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Cooperative Board Game
Wooden Balancing Cactus Toy
Green Kids Botany Discover Kit
American Educational Dicot Stem Plant Model
Schleich Plants and Feeding Set
Schleich Fern Accessory
Schleich Agave Accessory
Plant Cell Anatomy Model
Learning Resources Cross-Section Plant Model
Safari Ltd. Life Cycle of a Green Bean Plant
LeavesFor those who love leaves like Sunshine, there are a few items specific to this particular interest that would work amazingly in the classroom or as a gift.
Young Naturalist Leaf Identification Kit
Creativity Street Leaf Set Embossed Paper
Wooden Leaves Lacing Game
TreesI never realized there were so many fun tree themed resources out there. No matter the age of your child there's something for everyone.
Plan Toys Balancing Tree Game
Tree Rings Set
Plan Toys Stacking Tree
Fandex Family Field Guides: Tree
Safari Ltd Trees Toob
Schleich Palm Tree Accessory
FlowersI have fallen in love with so many of the flower themed gift and resources out there for the classroom and at home. They are so beautiful!
Wilton Cookie Cutter 7 Piece Metal Mini Garden
Colorful Garden Paper Party Straws
Wilton Mini Flower Silicone Mold
Double Sided Flower Puzzle
Little Flowers Wooden Puzzle Stacker
HABA Bonita Garden
Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet Floral Arrangement Playset
Just so we don't leave anything out, if you're planning to study roots or have a child that is particularly interested in them, the resources below may help you out. There's not much, but enough to dive into a fun study.
For those planning a study of vegetables or for a child who loves vegetables in general, there are some great gift and resources out there that are Montessori friendly.
Vegetables Wooden Cube Block Jigsaw Puzzle
Wooden Cutting Vegetables Puzzle Play Set 1
Wooden Cutting Vegetables Puzzle Play Set 2
Plan Toys Assorted Vegetable Playset
Vegetables Wooden Magnetic Set
Mushroom with Screw
FruitAnd let's not forget fruit! Whether your child is learning fruit names or practicing fine motor skills, there are so many choices.
Wooden Cutting Fruit Puzzle Play Set 1
Wooden Cutting Fruit Puzzle Play Set 2
Fruit Threading Wisdom Tree
Hape Fruit Knob Toddler Wooden Puzzle
Melissa and Doug Fruit Basket Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle
Fun with Fruit Stencils
Guidecraft Count and Lace Fruit
Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie
Wooden Colorful Branches, Leaves, and Fruit Tree
Plan Toys Assorted Fruit Playset
Fruit Wooden Magnet Set
GardeningLast but not least, if you have a child who enjoys gardening, these resources are great! I can't recommend these products enough. They are staples at our house.
Toysmith Big Gardens Tool Set
Toysmith Kid's 3-Piece Garden Tool Set
Radio Flyer's Kid's Wheelbarrow
Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can
Harvest Time-A Co-Operative Game
Plan Toy Doll House Vegetable Garden
Green Toys Watering Can
Green Toys Indoor Gardening Kit
Nature Series: Science on a Garden Adventure
Happy shopping! Never would I have ever guessed there were so many fabulous resources for a child who loves plants. I can't wait to purchase some of these items for our classroom and others as gifts for holidays.
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