Hi! Welcome to day 3 in the 30 Days to Transform Your Play series! Today we’re discussing setting up a play space.
I’m still knee-deep in toy culling and organising. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I am working on our play spaces area by area.
For me, the most important features of a play spaces are that it is:
– attractive and inviting,
– tailored to the child/ren who play in it,
– accessible: with play materials on the child’s level,
– set up with what the child needs for each activity,
– as simple as you can get it.
Confession: Almost half of our toys are used infrequently.
The most significant thing you can do to to improve a play space is ask yourself a few important questions:
- How do my children play?
Do they like to quietly play alone? Or do they take up lots of space?
- What can I do to facilitate that play?
Perhaps a specific space for construction? or creativity? or reading? or a hiding-space for time to play alone?
- Is the amount of toys in the place manageable for your children?
Can they put them away mostly on their own or is it a gargantuan task that will never happen without significant help?
A good chunk of our play happens outdoors. As do most of our sensory explorations and our art. This weekend I’ll show you our newly made over art area on our verandah.
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I will be!
This post (and series) couldn’t come at a better time for my family! We will be moving soon, and I am so excited to be able to set up montessori spaces in the new house. I just started doing tot school with my son, and I’m really inspired by the montessori approach :)