It feels like it’s been a while! I’m still here, I have been busy getting through our first family cold. We did pretty good making it 9 months without getting sick, and thank goodness after over a week I think we are all starting to feel better. Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy, especially with that scary new virus going around! I just wanted to share a quick update on how our play area and toy transformation is coming along.
My goals for the play area are:
1. To switch out plastic, noisy toys for toys made with more natural materials. I want the play area to blend in with the rest of our home instead of feeling like “Ugh, let’s stuff it in the closet once the baby is in bed.” I want the toys to be attractive and inviting.
2. To have a place for each toy and teach Baby Babe some order and routine. If I keep the toy shelf pretty minimal I can rotate the items and she can really focus on her toys rather than rummaging through a box of random toys.
I’ve decided to make these changes based on what I’ve learned about Montessori Education. I have been reading How To Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin. I’ll post more details about the book soon. I’m loving it! It’s great because I can flip through the pages at the end of a long day and it doesn’t feel like “homework.” There are a lot of photos and it’s easy reading. It’s not a lengthy book that feels like a task to read. I’ll definitely be buying it next time I place an Amazon order!
I have also been learning a lot from a Montessori group on Facebook. The members in the group have some great, budget friendly ideas to share and there are close to 9,000 members so there’s a lot of input. I am so thankful to have this group as a resource!
Here are a few swaps I made for wooden over plastic:
After searching craigslist, garage sales, and thrift stores for about a month I finally found a great shelf. It’s short so Baby Babe can reach her toys unassisted and it has a simple, modern style that fits in with our decor. The mirror was on clearance at Walmart in the back to college section for less than $5! I centered the mirror above the shelf since she is on her way to walking soon. If she was still laying on the ground a lot I would have mounted it lower, but this gives me space to add the chalk board area and a tiny table and chair later on.
I am going to print these photos to attach to the shelf so that Daddy and Baby Babe can learn how to clean up. I know this sounds OCD but having order in the home is an important concept that I would really like to work towards! I think it will help her learn not only what to expect from her area, but it will tach her responsibility and respect for her space.
Shelves are not cluttered and toys can be reached unassisted.
Thanks for your ideas about the chalkboard paint! I am really excited to add this to the area. I’ll show you how it looks soon and please let me know if you have any other ideas! I really value your input.Share it!