I’m Alicia, mommy to a beautiful (almost) 8 month old, “Baby Babe”. Before I became a mom I worked in childcare and education for about 10 years. It’s a whole new world being a mom! Baby Babe and I are both lollygaggers, and find ourselves exploring new activities everyday. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!
Our newest adventure is transforming Baby Babe’s play area into more of a Montessori inspired set up. I have always heard awesome things about Montessori learning but it feels like a lot to take in! One of the main goals I have is to switch out the loud, plastic toys with flashy lights for toys that are made of natural materials. I wish I could wiggle my nose and nod my head and *POUF* it would be done! But in reality, we’re taking this one step at a time.
Right now we have three baskets in our family room. As you can see, they’re pretty much all synthetic material, even the baskets themselves!
(Including her new Car Ramp)
Today I started taking baby steps towards our transformation. I found a wooden bowl and a wicker basket sitting around the house not being used. I’ll use the gray and white baskets in Josie’s closet instead. I’m still figuring out where to store all of her sun hats, bows, and accessories so I’m SURE they’ll be put to good use!
I switched out the plastic ring stacking puzzle for a wooden ring stacker that we received as a gift. The long string on the wooden toy seemed a little too long so I rigged it up for a size that would keep the rings closer together and not tangled up.
I think the wooden bowl looks beautiful holding Josie’s instruments for music class. She loves tapping her wooden sticks together as we sing songs. Her shakers are a big hit, too! Sometimes I peek in on her while I’m busy in the kitchen and she’s just shaking away on her own. Love it!!
I totally forgot about this bead track toy that I custom painted to match Baby Babe’s nursery while I was pregnant! It’s been tucked away in a corner and I got it out yesterday. I think she’s at the perfect age to start fiddling with the beads and learning how to move them smoothly along the tracks. A great fine motor skill! I’ll keep this in her room for entertainment while I’m putting her laundry away and stuff.
And here’s the way her play area looks after a few quick changes. Next, I’ll be looking for a shoe rack or very low shelf to display her toys in a neat, orderly fashion instead of having the baskets on the floor.
Thanks again for stopping by. I can’t wait to share more ideas with you!