Updated (05/29/16) – Check out our rearranged & reorganized Montessori-Inspired “Tot School” Space + How & Why We Rotate Toys.
There’s a lot to love about Montessori-style spaces and I’ve spent entirely too much time looking at them on Pinterest lately. Lol… They seriously make me giddy and I’m so in love with our Montessori-inspired “Tot School” space. It’s no where near perfect and there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, but it’s a start and that’s all that matters, right? It’s definitely awesome when everything is accessible to the little guy. Not only are our things easy to get out, but they’re also easy to put away. And of course everything is organized.
If you missed my post from over the weekend, you can see the studio as a whole here. I’m seriously head over heels in love with his space.
I ordered three white shelves and of course spent an entire evening putting them together and rearranging & reorganizing our creative space. We also made a special trip to Ikea with grandma and grandpa to get the little guy an Ikea Latt table & chairs. I wanted him to have his own workspace.
If you look closely at the shelves, you can see they’re organized by category. From left to right, numbers & counting, science & STEM, and language & literacy. If you asked my husband, he’d probably tell you that I’ve completely lost my mind. I’m okay with that, though. Lol… Are you curious what some of our toddler favorites are? You can check out our “Tot School” Must-Haves here.
I also brought the gray pouf down from the little guy’s room. If nothing else, it at least gives me somewhere to sit. And yep, he even has his very own broom and dust pan. This is basically our entire collection of educational puzzles and games.
My long-term plan is to sort through and create quiet-type boxes for him with some of these things and minimize what’s actually out on our shelves.
I love the Ikea Smula trays for messy projects and, for that matter, just to contain the pieces of his work. I actually grabbed a few of them. At the moment, they’re on his Expedit. Each one contains an activity, so it’s just grab-and-go for us. One is crayons and white cardstock, another is his Play-Doh starter set, and the last one is a color sorting activity that I made for him.
I also found these adorable metal pails and filled them with his art supplies. Markers, jumbo glue sticks, and colored pencils. You can see an example of one of our activity trays too. He was practicing gluing with his glue sticks and my patterned paper. Lol…
All of his books and sensory materials are organized on his Expedit. If you’re interested, you can read more about our rainbow sensory bins here. I also pulled all of our Scholastic books and put them in a basket, so they’re easy to flip through.
It’s crazy to think about how many of these books we’ve collected already. I usually buy him a pack or two each month. Yea, I know. But I’m of course a bookworm.
I love natural containers, especially metal pans and wicker baskets. I made this simple sorting activity for the little guy using a muffin tin and colored links. He loves to play with this.
I also stacked all of his puzzles and touch and feel cards. For the time-being, all of his wooden animals are in these Iris 4×6 photo cases. I actually have a few more metal pails that I might use instead. I have some wooden numbers and counters organized in these containers as well.
All of his dinosaurs are in a wicker basket, which he can get to whenever he wants. And like I said, the Iris 4×6 photo cases are full of the wooden animals that came in his Hape Qubes.
We also have a few of these awesome wooden trays too. And I added a baking sheet that’s magnetic for him to use with his magnetic letters.
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Thanks so much for visiting. See ya next week!
This post was linked up with Tot School Gathering Place Week 169.