Free Printables Montessori Nature Resource Library

Thank you for visiting the Montessori Nature Resource Library! I am thrilled you are here!

Montessori printables are a great way to supplement your child’s learning in the classroom and at home. These materials are designed to be used in conjunction with the Montessori method of education, which emphasizes hands-on learning and self-directed exploration. There is a wide variety of Montessori printables available, covering everything from language and math to science and cultural studies. It’s a cost-effective way to support your child’s education. Whether you are a teacher, homeschooling parent or simply looking for ways to support your child’s learning outside of the classroom, Montessori printables are a valuable resource to have in your toolkit.

It brings me great pleasure to share with you printables that took me many long hours to create. After years of experience working in a Montessori classroom in Russia and Australia, homeschooling my children, and running a Montessori-inspired blog, I am humbled to hear that my experience translates into materials children love working with.

I invite you to browse the Resource Library collection below. Once you find what you are after, click ‘Download here’, and enter your details. We will email you the printable.

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Please note that the life cycle and diagram printables have been updated and now can be purchased from the Montessori Nature Shop.

The printables presented here are clear, easy to implement, and engaging. I always aim to create resources that capture a child’s attention and enhance his or her ability to concentrate on an engaging task.

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On this page, you will find educational resources that support a child’s development in many different areas: math, language, practical life skills, logical thinking, sensory development, fine motor and more.

Whether you are an educator in the classroom or at home, I trust these resources will help you create fun learning activities for your students to explore.

I also included practical life food preparation PDFs to help you plan your activities and gather helpful tools. You will find a printable with an example of the daily rhythm of a Forest School to get you inspired.

I wholeheartedly recommend checking the free courses: Early Childhood Development: Global Strategies for Implementation and A Better Start to Reading listed below.

Paid Montessori Nature Resources



How to Download Free Printables

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Just a heads up that all Montessori Nature freebies come in ZIP folders. Once you’ve downloaded them, you’ll need to unzip the folder to access the goodies inside.

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Before you print, please make sure you’re using the up-to-date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files and follow these steps:

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Click “Advanced Print Setup”, and select “Print As Image”.
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~ Anastasia

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By downloading the resources below you accept our Terms and Conditions. Free downloads are for personal and one-classroom use only. You may print as many copies as you would like to use in your home or classroom; you may post online about a printable (for example a photo of your child using it), giving proper credit to Montessori Nature. Please do not claim these files as your own, alter these files in any way, sell, print these files and then sell the printed copies to others, store or distribute these files on any other website or location ( Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook groups, etc.); you may not email the files to anyone or transmit them in any other way. If you know someone who would enjoy this resource, please invite them to visit the Montessori Nature Resource Library.

Montessori sorting and matching printables are powerful learning tools that aid young children in their cognitive development. Through these activities, children engage in hands-on exploration and problem-solving, as they categorize and match objects based on various attributes. This process helps develop their critical thinking skills, enhances their ability to classify and organize information, and increases their attention to detail.

These printables promote fine motor skills as children manipulate and place objects in the correct categories. By integrating sorting and matching printables into their learning experiences, young children develop essential foundational skills while fostering a sense of independence and confidence in their abilities.

Learning about the natural world and animals offers numerous benefits for young children’s development. Firstly, it promotes a sense of wonder, curiosity, and connection with the world around them.

Exploring nature and animals encourages children to ask questions, make observations, and develop critical thinking skills. It fosters empathy and compassion as they learn about different species and their habitats. Additionally, studying the natural world introduces scientific concepts and vocabulary, improving their cognitive and language skills.

Seasonal printables offer several benefits for preschool children’s learning and development. Firstly, they provide opportunities for hands-on engagement, encouraging sensory exploration and fine motor skill development. They develop language skills as children discuss and describe the elements depicted in the printables, such as weather, holidays, or changes in nature.

These activities also promote cognitive development as children learn about the passage of time and the patterns and characteristics of each season. Additionally, seasonal printables can foster creativity and imaginative play, allowing children to express themselves and make connections to their own experiences.

Fine motor printables help strengthen and refine the small muscles in their hands, preparing them for tasks like writing and drawing. By engaging in coloring, cutting, and tracing activities, children improve their hand-eye coordination and develop fine motor skills.

These printables enhance cognitive skills such as problem-solving, shape recognition, and spatial awareness.

These printables also support language development as children discuss and describe their actions and learn new vocabulary.

Nature hunt and quest activities encourage children to observe and explore the natural world around them, fostering a sense of curiosity and wonder. They promote outdoor play and physical activity, allowing children to engage with their environment and develop gross motor skills. By searching for specific items or completing tasks in nature, children also enhance their problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities. Nature Hunt and quest printables stimulate language development as children communicate and articulate their observations and findings. Engaging with nature has been linked to improved mental health and well-being in children, promoting a sense of connection and appreciation for the natural world.

Tracing and coloring printables offer several benefits for young children’s learning and development. These activities help improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as children practice gripping and maneuvering coloring utensils.

Tracing lines and shapes helps children refine their pencil control and develop the necessary skills for later writing. Coloring encourages creativity and self-expression, allowing children to explore different colors and experiment with artistic techniques.

These printables support cognitive development, as children learn to differentiate between colors and make decisions about which colors to use. Tracing and coloring printables can also enhance cognitive skills such as pattern recognition and visual perception. These activities promote focus and concentration, helping children develop their attention skills.

Playdough activities enhance sensory exploration as children engage with the different textures, colors, and scents of the playdough. Manipulating and molding the playdough helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which are essential for tasks like writing and drawing. Playdough play also encourages creativity and imagination as children can shape and create various objects and designs.

Parents and educators can utilize these reminders, planners and checklists as helpful tools in teaching young children.

These resources can help with organization and planning by providing a structured framework for incorporating nature-based activities into daily routines.

These math materials can provide a hands-on and visual approach to mathematical concepts, promoting concrete understanding and problem-solving skills.

By using math printables, children can explore numbers, quantities, and operations in a tangible and engaging way.

Montessori 3-part cards can help enhance vocabulary and language skills as children are exposed to new words and concepts through visual cues. Through matching the picture to the corresponding word, children develop reading and comprehension skills.


Additionally, the process of manipulating and organizing the cards fosters fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The 3-part cards also promote cognitive development by encouraging visual discrimination, concentration, and memory skills.

Sequencing printables can support the development of essential cognitive skills such as sequencing, order, and logical thinking. By engaging with sequencing printables, children learn to arrange and organize pictures or objects in a specific sequence, fostering their understanding of cause-and-effect relationships and developing their ability to predict outcomes. This activity also enhances visual discrimination skills as children observe and differentiate between different elements in a sequence. Sequencing printables promote language development as children describe and narrate the events depicted in the sequence.


Phonics letter printables can assist children in developing fundamental phonics skills, such as letter recognition, letter-sound correspondence, and the ability to blend and segment sounds.

By engaging with phonics letter printables, children can practice identifying and associating letters with their corresponding sounds, laying the groundwork for reading and spelling. These activities also enhance fine motor skills as children trace or write the letters, promoting hand-eye coordination and proper letter formation.

Phonics printables encourage language development by expanding vocabulary and building comprehension skills. The interactive nature of these activities keeps children engaged and motivated to learn, fostering concentration, focus, and attention to detail.

The printables provide a fun and effective way for young children to develop essential phonics skills, supporting their overall learning and literacy development journey.

Montessori digraph workmat phonics printables provide a hands-on and engaging way for young children to learn to read. Through this activity, children can visually and kinesthetically explore and manipulate different digraph combinations, such as “sh” or “ch.” This helps them grasp the concept that two letters together can create a single sound. By physically arranging and matching the digraphs, children build their phonemic awareness and develop their decoding skills, ultimately supporting their journey towards becoming proficient readers.

Montessori-inspired printable learning packs can provide a holistic approach to education by incorporating various subjects and skills, including language, math, science, and practical life activities.

These packs encourage independence and self-directed learning, allowing children to work at their own pace and make choices based on their interests. Montessori-inspired printable learning packs also foster language development, numeracy skills.

Geoboard task cards printables can enhance spatial reasoning skills as children manipulate rubber bands on the geoboard to create shapes, patterns, and designs.

By engaging in these activities, children develop their understanding of geometric concepts, such as symmetry, angles, and area. Geoboard task cards also promote fine motor skills as children manipulate the rubber bands and attach them to specific pegs on the board.

DIY puzzles, pictures, and coloring pages can foster creativity and self-expression as children engage with the artwork through coloring and putting puzzles together. They can also enhance visual perception and spatial awareness as children analyze the shapes and colors in the artwork to recreate them or solve puzzles.

Exposure to famous artwork can broaden children’s cultural and historical knowledge, nurturing their appreciation for different art forms and artists. Working with these printables can also promote fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as children manipulate coloring utensils or assemble puzzle pieces.

The Homer Method Essential Early Learning Screen Time You Can Feel Good About

Developed by experts, the research-based, four-step approach goes beyond rote memorization to build confidence, promote problem-solving, and foster a lifelong love of learning.

Just 15 minutes a day with HOMER can increase your child’s reading score by 74%. Get a FREE Trial Today!

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Download the Four-Week Food Prep Plan and use it in your classroom or home. Each week has a different theme and contains five different types of food preparation activities planned for you including a shopping list and space for notes in PDF form. I also share my favorite resources, links, and inspiration to save you time preparing your next set of food prep activities.


Download Carly’s daily forest school rhythm detailed description.
Carly is the founding Director of Natureweavers, an award-winning forest school on the Sunshine Coast. Nestled into the sunrise side of Black Mountain, Carly mentors children, families, and adults and trains educators, teachers, and those who live, work, and play with children in practical and theoretical approaches to learning in, with, and from nature and has been doing so since 2010.

Carly is an accredited Nature Pedagogue with the International Association of Nature Pedagogy, and she delivers practical sessions to inspire and encourage adults to learn in, with, and from nature alongside children. Carly is an also environmental advocate with 14 years of experience in the non-government, community, and education sectors.


Early Childhood Development: Global Strategies for Implementation

About this course

How can we ensure that we don’t fail the next generation of children? What investments do we need to make an impact? What implementation decisions do we need to make for program success?

An estimated 250 million children in low- and middle-income countries risk not meeting their development potential in the first five years of life—leading to lifelong impacts on health, learning, behavior, and overall adult productivity. During this critical time, strategic interventions can ensure children have a strong foundation to lead healthy, productive lives as engaged citizens.

There is an urgent need to increase access to high-quality early childhood development intervention programs on national and global scales. While the science behind the importance of early development and funding for these programs has increased globally, policy development, research, and implementation best practices have not been widely adopted. As the COVID-19 virus disrupts health, nutrition, childcare, and education services, and stretches social and child protection systems to their limits, children and families least able to cope are being hit hardest with inequities in childhood development widening. Evidence-based policies that support families and young children are needed now more than ever. This course examines best practices in child and family policies, advocacy, financing, and pathways to scale—showing you how to generate an innovative, scalable intervention strategy that supports early childhood development.

The course begins with a review of basic early childhood development concepts and successful implementation programs around the world. You will learn why some programs succeed where others do less well and what strategies are key for enabling widespread adaptation of quality programming. For those working around the world in early childhood development programs, this course allows you to reflect and evaluate your own organization by reviewing real-world case successes, as well as a new global perspective from other learners. You will complete the course with new plans and ideas ready to implement within your program.

What you’ll learn

Gain knowledge about the state of the science on effective interventions for early childhood development.

Learn what makes programs successful around the world in supporting early childhood development and why some programs fail.

Reflect on changes for your program, become familiar with the steps to design successful interventions that support early childhood development, and understand what services you need to prioritize.

Explore strategies to enable widespread adaptation of quality programming and evaluate the effectiveness of your programming.


A Better Start to Reading

About this course

Teaching children to read well results in a lifetime of benefits.

The research evidence is very clear about the importance of getting children off to a great start in their early literacy learning. Early reading success is the best predictor of later reading achievement, which in turn is closely linked to educational success and healthy wellbeing. How can you as educators, parents or family members, help support children to develop a strong foundation of skills that are critical for early reading success? How can you best support struggling readers to be successful?

Across languages, research has shown that children’s knowledge of the sound structure of their spoken language (phonological awareness) is critically important to early reading and spelling development. The ability to learn new words efficiently, or vocabulary growth, is also vitally important for children to understand what they are reading. Quality shared reading experiences in the early years are a great way to foster the development of these skills.

This course provides a research-to-practice learning experience for professionals and parents interested in the reading development of young children. This course will ensure that teachers and professionals alike are reading books in the most effective way to support children’s early reading skills. The course content will be relevant for all young children, specifically focusing on the key foundational skills of phonological awareness, print concepts, and vocabulary knowledge for children aged 4-6 years. The course will also include a focus on preventing reading problems, such as dyslexia, for children with familial risk, and children with other challenges to learning to read, such as speech and language difficulties. As part of completing the course, students will be given access to a large set of online children’s books, specially designed to foster phonological awareness and vocabulary development.

What you’ll learn

What the critical skills are for children to develop as successful readers.

What phonological awareness and vocabulary are, and why this is important for early reading development.

How to use children’s books to foster phonological awareness and vocabulary knowledge for young children.

How to prevent reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, for children with increased risk.

How to support children with speech and/or language difficulties to develop as readers.

How to support children from different languages and cultures to experience reading success.


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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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