Create a simple yet stimulating baby play area using open-ended toys made from natural materials and incorporating some philosophies from Montessori and Reggio thinking.
In a little corner of the room we laid a lambskin rug (which keeps baby warm in winter and cool in summer) and a few treasure baskets and open-ended toys within easy reach. Reggio philosophies talk highly of including plenty of mirrors and natural light, so we used some acrylic mirror tiles behind some toys and a large stand up mirror which can be moved and repositioned.
The space includes:
- travel size baby treasure basket [see post for instructions]
- large oval treasure basket [made our own]
- an African drum [from a market stall in Zimbabwe!]
- small basket of real musical instruments [Amazon, music shops, local toy stores]
- basket of wooden tree blocks and mirrored blocks [tree blocks from Myriad, mirror blocks from EduZone]
- wooden, stacking rainbow [from Myriad Toys]
- black and white high contrast images mat [from Amazon]
- Montessori style number bead stacker [ELC but can't find it now. This is similar and much nicer]
- basket of sturdy, textured and lift-the-flap board books [Amazon]
* Edited to add: we are not at all anti plastic toys or materials! We have plenty in our house but I wanted to start with the baby toys that really served only one function and were not promoting much thinking or curiosity. They were easy to donate to others. The rest of the clutter is not so simple to sort and shift! We absolutely adore Playmobil, lego and duplo and of course they are all made from plastic, so the emphasis was more on the type of toy, rather than what it was made from.
The girls have really been enjoying playing here together in this new space and the lambskin rug has become a favourite spot for reading together. I look forward to seeing how the space evolves over the next few months!
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- setting up a writing table
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