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k_apple 01-02-2013 01:00 PM

Pictures needed of your play area! (simple, Waldorf, or Montessori)
 
I need pictures of your simple, Waldorf, or Montessori play area!

I live in a small house and need inspiration for a play area for my daughter. We have an area of wasted space between the living room and kitchen/dinning table. My plan is to turn this wide walk-way into a play area, but I need some inspiration. Please post pictures of your play area that is either simple, Waldorf, or Montessori, even if it isn't in a small space.

Thanks!

k_apple 01-02-2013 01:04 PM

By simple I mean minimal... But even if you think your play room infant minimal, but it is simple, please share! :)

k_apple 01-02-2013 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k_apple
By simple I mean minimal... But even if you think your play room infant minimal, but it is simple, please share! :)

I meant "isn't," not infant

Grant'sMommy 01-02-2013 02:03 PM

Re: Pictures needed of your play area! (simple, Waldorf, or Montessori)
 
you can see mine in my "picture overload thread". It is in my livingroom and consists of one big basket next to the couch, two little bookshelves with a sheepskin to sit on and read, and a wooden play kitchen

k_apple 01-02-2013 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Grant'sMommy
you can see mine in my "picture overload thread". It is in my livingroom and consists of one big basket next to the couch, two little bookshelves with a sheepskin to sit on and read, and a wooden play kitchen

I love how your house is so simple, especially the cupboards! And I really really like how you have used the ikea magnetic spice containers everywhere! :)

SunflowerMommy 01-02-2013 03:16 PM

Re: Pictures needed of your play area! (simple, Waldorf, or Montessori)
 
Our play area is in the dining room area that connects to our living room. We try to keep it as neat and tidy as possible for my sanity. This has just been cleaned up by the kids and I think they did a darn good job! Please ignore the mess of the carpets though. I don't vacuum until the daycare kids go home at the end of the day. We're also missing a playstand arch as it's in the garage being repaired.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...psc9446b8b.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps1b637dc9.jpg

This is about as minimal as we've been able to get with 5 kids in the house. It can be tidied up fairly quickly though and everything has a place to go. The boys have some extra toys up in their room like legos and hotwheels but the majority of the toys are kept here.

k_apple 01-02-2013 04:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SunflowerMommy
Our play area is in the dining room area that connects to our living room. We try to keep it as neat and tidy as possible for my sanity. This has just been cleaned up by the kids and I think they did a darn good job! Please ignore the mess of the carpets though. I don't vacuum until the daycare kids go home at the end of the day. We're also missing a playstand arch as it's in the garage being repaired.

This is about as minimal as we've been able to get with 5 kids in the house. It can be tidied up fairly quickly though and everything has a place to go. The boys have some extra toys up in their room like legos and hotwheels but the majority of the toys are kept here.

Thanks! There are some great ideas in the pictures. :)

On a side note, I really like the wooden layered "doll house." Did you make it? Do you have any close ups of it? We just acquired a few logs to make some waldorf blocks and other toys, this may be something else we could try to make :)

SunflowerMommy 01-02-2013 04:11 PM

Re: Pictures needed of your play area! (simple, Waldorf, or Montessori)
 
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Originally Posted by k_apple (Post 16106645)
Thanks! There are some great ideas in the pictures. :)

On a side note, I really like the wooden layered "doll house." Did you make it? Do you have any close ups of it? We just acquired a few logs to make some waldorf blocks and other toys, this may be something else we could try to make :)

Do you mean the treehouse? This is the one we have here:

http://www.blueberryforest.com/tree_...se-cottage.htm

You can get more deluxe ones as well. Just google waldorf treehouse. I think it would be fairly easy to make if you had the right tools and time to do it. We did make a ton of tree blocks from a fallen tree I pulled out of the empty lot across the street.

solarbabies 01-02-2013 05:46 PM

Re: Pictures needed of your play area! (simple, Waldorf, or Montessori)
 
I don't know if mine is really minimal (I have a hard time paring it down more) or if it is simple. I would love Montessori style but just haven't gotten there. But this is ours. It is in the living room (no toys in the bedrooms besides a stack of stuffed animals and a box of legos)

Top green box is wood blocks
bottom green box plastic animals (which I may get rid of, they play with them, but not a ton)
top red box little people, animals, and accessories.
bottom red box all things with wheels
top blue box wood train tracks and trains (not used yet)
bottom blue box is all random toys
Blue wire basket on top is all the 'baby' toys we have now...a silly hammer, 2 wooden rings dh made, a wooden swiss cheese block dh made, a sophie, and a few handmade beanbags.

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...347ebff097.jpg

And the kitchen and doll house in another area of the living room (excuse the extension cords...that is our 'temp' solar setup)
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...1e74344a33.jpg

harmoni247 01-03-2013 12:36 PM

Re: Pictures needed of your play area! (simple, Waldorf, or Montessori)
 
All of our kids things are integrated in the house instead of having a specific area. Our main area/living room is basically a big playroom, but since their toys are simple, we don't mind having them be our main decor/furniture. I'm sure we have too much, but I'm OK with that for now. Homeschooling without book/paper learning takes more room and stuff, and that is definitely a sacrifice I'm willing to make, so I'll deal with it.

Here's one side of the room:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8083/8...c1dc964d_n.jpg

Close up:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8...c84c8544_n.jpg
The shelves on the left: top: puppets/fingerpuppets middle: fort materials/playsilks bottom: dress up
The shelves in the middle: top: instruments bottom: train tracks
The shelves on the right: top: anatomy puzzle {pieces kept in that hersheys tin} middle: playscape materials bottom: blocks
On top of the whole thing: nature table, green book holds pressed leaves and on top of that is our seasonal books

Opposite side of room:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8...040cbc01_n.jpg

Close ups:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8...73e71d2c_n.jpg
all of their books and the jar holds stamps and chalk {top of table is chalkboard paint}

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8...86292b35_n.jpg
homeschool geography/history/culture area

Other areas in the house:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8477/8...b668ba70_n.jpg
The main school area: they have an abacus hanging on the side, and then one math manipulative and one reading manipulate on the shelves. In the drawer, they have reader books and writing practice, but they will rotate into science experiments next. {the basket and pile of clothes are gone now}

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8...84a0661f_n.jpg
next to the stove


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