Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and teacher best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, once said, “Play is the work of the child.” In today's day and age, that simply means play is not the work of the technology around us. 

The Montessori Method is all about allowing children to explore their world through meaningful activities and open play, which will ultimately nurture healthy brain development. Unlike iPads, screens and tech-heavy toys, Montessori toys focus on unstructured, creative play. And we've gathered up the very best Montessori toys for 1-year-olds!

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