30 Shelf Examples: Birth-15 Months

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When I first discovered The Montessori Method I was so overwhelmed – I didn’t understand what Montessori work was, what work was appropriate for what age, and how to organize all that work on to shelves. I really struggled to find solid examples of shelves by age that I could use for guidance. Now I am trying to help others who are new to Montessori and feeling that same sense of confusion. Below you will find 30 shelf examples I put together for infants, birth-15 months. Although some of the photos may look very similar, no two shelf configurations are the same. Start from top left and work down and then over.

The work I used can be found on my Work: Birth-12 Months and Work: 12-24 Months pages. There is also a complete list of items by photo at the bottom of this page.

 

 

List of Items by Photo:

Column 1:
1: Black & white art cards
2: Black & white art cards // Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether
3: Black & white art cards // Sensory Shapes Set Triangle
4: Black & white art cards // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama
5: Black & white art cards // Rainstick
6: Black & white art cards // Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Sensory Shapes Set Triangle // Rainstick
7: Black & white art cards // Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Sensory Shapes Set Triangle // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama
8: Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves
9: Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Sensory Shapes Set Triangle // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama / Play Scarves
10: Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Sensory Shapes Set Triangle // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama / Rainstick
11: Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Sensory Shapes Set Triangle, Circle, Square // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Rainstick

Column 2:
12: Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Sensory Shapes Set  Triangle, Circle, Square // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Single Shape Puzzles large circle
13: Sensory Shapes Set Triangle, Circle, Square // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves // Single Shape Puzzles large circle
14: Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether // Sensory Shapes Set Triangle, Circle, Square // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Single Shape Puzzles large circle // Rainstick
15: Sensory Shapes Set // Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves // Single Shape Puzzles large circle
16: Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves // Single Shape Puzzles large circle // Vintage wooden car
17: Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves // Single Shape Puzzles large circle // Toddler Dancing Alligator
18: Play Scarves // Single Shape Puzzles large circle & small circle // Toddler Dancing Alligator
19: Play Scarves // Single Shape Puzzles large circle, square, triangle
20: Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves / Single Shape Puzzles large circle, square, triangle / Vintage wooden car // A single Russian Nesting Dolls // Cubes on Vertical Dowel

21: Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves / Single Shape Puzzles large circle, square, triangle // Cubes on Vertical Dowel  // Vintage wooden airplane // A single Russian Nesting Dolls

Column 3:
22: Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Coin Box // Multiple Shape Puzzles circles // Play Scarves // Cubes on Vertical Dowel // A single Russian Nesting Dolls
23: Animal Shakers  Porcupine & Llama // Play Scarves // Toddler Dancing Alligator // A single Russian Nesting Dolls  // Multiple Shape Puzzles circles // Cubes on Vertical Dowel
24: Play Scarves // Toddler Dancing Alligator // Multiple Shape Puzzles circles // Cubes on Vertical Dowel // Coin Box // A single Russian Nesting Dolls
25: Play Scarves // Toddler Dancing Alligator // Multiple Shape Puzzles shapes // Cubes on Vertical Dowel // Coin Box // A single Russian Nesting Dolls
26: Play Scarves // Toddler Dancing Alligator // Multiple Shape Puzzles shapes // Cubes on Vertical Dowel // Shape Sorter // Two Russian Nesting Dolls
27: Play Scarves // Cubes on Vertical Dowel // Coin Box // Single Shape Puzzles square, triangle // Play Animals leopard, zebra, gorilla // A single Russian Nesting Dolls
28: Play Scarves / Cubes on Vertical Dowel // Shape Sorter // Multiple Shape Puzzles shapes // Play Animals leopard, zebra, gorilla // Two Russian Nesting Dolls
29: Play Scarves // Cubes on Vertical Dowel // Coin Box // Multiple Shape Puzzles shapes // Play Animals leopard, zebra, gorilla // Two Russian Nesting Dolls
30: Play Scarves // Cubes on Vertical Dowel // Multiple Shape Puzzles shapes // Homemade Straws Jar // Play Animals leopard, zebra, gorilla // Two Russian Nesting Dolls