This is my first official blog post!! One of my goals this year is to get into blogging and using my website as a resource for y’all. It took me 5 months but we’re finally here! Today I’m taking you through every corner of the playroom + linking everything + giving tips & everything in-between! Enjoy
Disclaimer: Please please please do not compare your playroom to ours/anyone else’s or put yourself down as a Mother for any reason. I understand that a lot of homes don’t have an extra space for a playroom and that’s normal! We didn’t even have space in our previous house for anything other than a nursery and office, so I had Alethea’s toys & rotation set up in our kitchen. Adapt to what works for your family. Besides, kids are thankful for whatever we can provide them with, and they are really what matters and why we are doing this in the first place With that being said, LET’S BEGIN.
This playroom is Montessori + Waldof inspired. I like to keep the large pieces neutral and minimal and use the toys for color. This is a battery/electronic free zone. I want my children to walk in here and be inspired to create & explore all while being in a calming environment. Our minds are easily over stimulated with busy/bright colors, loud sounds, etc. so I want this area to feel safe and tranquil.
We have 2 low chairs off to the side for the adults to sit in when we’re in the playroom, which comes in handy & my back thanks me lol. Sometimes we old folks need to take 5 from all the running around and climbing
This area is where the kids’ toys live for the week. We do a weekly or biweekly toy rotation to help the kids explore, reuse toys over and over again, expand their imagination, give them autonomy over their toy selection, keep the experience fresh, and so much more. The top row houses Alethea’s toys that are appropriate for her age, and the bottom row houses Ari’s toys since he’s a little lower to the ground (for now). Alethea has a table for her to pick 1 toy + bring it to the table + complete the activity + then place it back before getting her next toy. I’m not going to lie, she hasn’t been into most of these toys at all. She’s into open ended play so I’ve been following her lead and not forcing her to play with the other toys if she doesn’t want to. I have saved SO much money by rotating the kids’ toys. Each time, they get exposed to a “new” toy even though they played with that same toy maybe a month ago.
8 cube organizer- KALLAX , Rainbow Stacking Towers , Stacking Rocks, Felt Nesting Cubes, Matching Cards , Long Object Permanence Box, Cube Object Permanence Box, Rainbow Caterpillar, Wooden Teethers, Rainbow Abacus, Posters
The next little corner is something that I also rotate. The best thing about kid’s furniture is that it’s usually small and light which makes for easy lifting and rearranging. This month, we have the kitchen in place. Both kids LOVE the kitchen. I painted it a couple years ago and it’s held up well. If the kitchen isn’t in here, I place pillows and blankets to turn it into a reading corner hehe, I will also put the doll house here. Right next to the kitchen is a little table that Alethea can use for her toys, drawing, reading, etc.
By the window we have our music corner. I try to include music and instruments every week, whether it’s in a basket on the ground or a whole corner like this! Ari has been super super into this little corner! This space also doubles as a “time-in” area for Alethea if she needs a minute to herself to deescalate. Jordan took a really sweet video this morning of me and the kids putting this little corner to use! I placed the silk handkerchiefs on the wooden rings but decided to take them off and make them into capes instead! Alethea and Ari were both little musical superheroes dancing and having a blast using the instruments.
The 2nd to last part of the playroom is the sensory table + book shelf! Y’all know I love sensory activities (oh, and so do my kids), so a sensory table is a must! This one from IKEA is finally back in stock! The book shelf is vintage rattan style, and was a gift from a thrift store. I linked a smilier one, but this houses a couple of other toys, books, a timer for me to keep the kids on track, and, arguably most essential, a diffusor! (See what I did there?!) This diffusor is so so cute because it doubles as sound machine. I have the birds and forest sounds playing while Stress Away is diffusing. This makes for such a calming & welcoming environment.