We made some major changes in the studio, at least as far as the little guy’s stuff goes, which of course means that today we’re talking about creating play spaces for kids.
We’re gearing up for our first year of Preschool. Our curriculum is showing up a little at a time and we’re both of course really excited. The little guy loves getting packages. It’s more or less a given that most of them are his these days.
I’ll share a separate post in a few weeks with our picks for the next year or two. Needless to say, this mama probably went a bit overboard, but that’s okay. There are a few things in life that you can never have too many of and books and art supplies are definitely on that list. I also have a bit of an obsession with educational toys. Not surprising, considering…
A few weeks ago, I shared our Montessori-inspired “Tot School” space and while I loved it at the time, there was still a lot of room for improvement. It felt cluttered and somewhat overwhelming. And when I realized how much more stuff we were going to end up with in the near future, I stared brainstorming. After all, not only do we have Preschool curriculum on its way to us, but a certain little someone turns two-years-old this month. Happy birthday little baby E!
Wow y’all! Where does the time go?
Here’s how I brought just a little more balance into our day-to-day lives. I literally took each and every book, puzzle, and game off his shelves and started all over again.
I picked just a few things from each category. Math, Language & Literacy, and Science. And I opted for rotating toys. That seemed like a good solution to the problem at hand. You know, too much stuff and too little space. Lol… Once I got everything sorted, I packed everything else into translucent Tupperware containers and stacked it all in his closet. Easy to get out and easy to put away.
At that point, I slowly put things back on his shelves. I used the half dozen or so baskets that we’ve been using for activities this year and added a few educational toys that were already in wooden trays. I found some translucent bowls that were just sort of hanging out not being used and that’s where all of the pieces for his puzzles ended up. I was reading at one point about storing puzzles in a way that the work wasn’t already done and the clear bowls seemed perfect.
When I was finished, there were only two puzzles or games on each shelf. I wanted to keep it all organized and I wanted the little guy to be able to get things out and put them away on his own.
I can honestly say that I’m head over heels for how awesome our “Tot School” space looks now.
The plan is to rotate what’s on our shelves on a weekly basis. There are a few things that we almost always keep out like the little guy’s science kit and our alphabet tree. Everything else will come and go based on what we’re working on at any given time.
One thing I’ve noticed, especially now that the little guy is old enough to show a preference for certain toys, is that if it disappears and then reappears, it becomes new all over again.
I also put together a nature tray for the little guy because he stumbled across my crystals & gemstones and fell in love. And you know, I figured what the heck! He may as well have some of his own, right? And then there was the art journaling kit and a writing tray too. Art and Writing are of course really important to me. No surprise, right? And I’ve always loved Science. There’s a lot of wonder that surrounds us.
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