As promised, a comprehensive look into our new play space. You’ll find the links for everything in this room in the source list at the bottom of this post!
Our family first starting researching the Montessori method of playing / learning / teaching even before the girls were born. My husband was pretty stoked on the method when he came across it and to be honest, my initial draw to it was somewhat superficial. That being that the aesthetic of the learning environment was crucial. A clean and organized space, the toys, simplistic and natural all had a purpose and a place, a space like this invites you in. It was only when my own children started exhibiting a natural desire to learn processes, simple skills to master, and mimicking my everyday life around 18 months that I picked up a book and then another and felt overwhelm that this learning style was exactly for us. And so this space was born from a cleared out closet and a little ingenuity.
Montessori’s 5 categories:
Hand eye coordination
Arts and Crafts
Music and movement
There is an child, adult, environment relationship with this structure that nurtures the child’s natural desire to learn, to work at their own pace, one skill at a time while discovering their own unique value proposition.
Of course, I feel the need to disclaim the fact that it isn’t set up “by the book” Montessori. We’ve incorparted imaginative toys, sensory bins and just plain old toys they enjoy.
Lets take a look around!
Because this was once my closet, we’re tight on space. We store our easel here in this corner but still get it out every day and quickly set it up in the middle of the little room to draw and paint.
Highly recommend this peg stacking toy!
I received so many DM’s for those animal matching wood tiles, they’re linked at the bottom!
A little station to take care of their babies. doll dresses, wooden brush, doll diapers, a gauze blanket and a bed from a montessori tray.
Crayons, colored pencils, chalk, dry erase markers, tape, child safe scissors, construction paper, wipes for clean up
that little dresser to the right houses activities that we rotate, watercolors and larger paper, and their sand toys they use with their kinetic sand.
The best part goes to the kitchen. Originally an Ikea kitchen that I reimagined for their 2nd birthday. A lengthy post dedicated to how I did it coming next week!
*Most all activities are from amazon. HERE’S the link to them all! Everything else is linked below.
Rug: pehr designs
Wooden sewing machine: andnest
stool and chair: Ikea
Truck puzzle: ikea
woven baskets: Birch Lane
sensory bins: Ikea
hand sculptural piece: ikea
Montessori wooden animal tiles: Montessori n’ such
sheep skin: ikea
book rack: ikea
striped pillow: thimble & cloth
small dresser: Ikea
kitchen shelf: ikea
fabric food: ikea
wood crate for food: Ikea
Let me know if I missed something!