It’s been a while since I’ve shared how our toy shelf and Montessori inspired play area is coming along. We definitely got off course recently and we suddenly had too many toys out that didn’t really go together. A few shape sorting blocks with no sorter… a baby doll hat with no baby… a coloring book and one marker… I find that Baby Babe seems more focused when her toy selection is smaller and the themes give us more time to really explore each idea more thoroughly.
I have just started exploring Waldorf Education and learning about incorporating those ideas into our learning activities. My first impression of Waldorf is that it’s more imaginative, creative and artsy than Montessori. Sometimes Montessori ideas have felt a little too strict for my taste, with the children having “jobs” and “work” to do with their learning. During my quick nap time reading I kept seeing lots of fairies and gnomes on Waldorf blogs and craft ideas. haha! Sounds fun! I guess that’s part of the dreamy, imaginative aspect of Waldorf. I’m really excited to take what I’ve learned from Montessori and add new Waldorf ideas to our play area! In the meantime I set up our Montessori Inspired Christmas Shelf with some things we already had around the house.
I had to include the Santa Bucket that I took newborn photos with last year! Since Baby Babe is really into playing with fabrics I filled the basket with Christmas kitchen towels and a Santa hat. The Santa towel has a little velcro pom pom that she can take on and off. She has really nailed her “HoHoHo” when we ask her what Santa says. 🙂
Instead of displaying our Christmas cards that we have got in the mail I punched a hole in the corner and clipped them together with a binder ring. Now I don’t have to collect the cards from all around the house. She loves seeing photos of her friends and family!
The wooden bowl fits on the same shelf as her new truck from A Summer Afternoon. The truck has been a fun toy to explore her fine motor skills not only with pushing but also placing the little driver in the truck and taking it back out. In the narrow top shelf I used a bamboo tray to hold special Christmas books that we can read together. I took a bell ornament from the tree down so she could jingle the bell while we read The Polar Express.
The penguin section might be her favorite area. She still loooooves birds! She has been walking around hugging her stuffed penguin saying, “Awwwww!”
I am letting her explore the penguin ornament and penguin candy dish carefully and showing her how we need to be gentle with those objects.
It’s been fun so far and I’m trying to remember to take her bedroom toys back to her room so we don’t get a cluttery play area/ family room! Check back soon for an update about my Waldorf research. Merry Christmas!