When our daughter turned 3 we decided to rearrange her room. Because she has developed new skills her interests changed, we thought it was the right time to change her playing environment, her toys and books, too. Her room was already furnished in Montessori style, so it didn’t require a major transformation.
We left her bed and desk as they were and concentrated our attention towards her (toy and book) shelves.
She already had a nice wooden bookshelf we loved and wanted to keep, so we only had to change the toy shelves. We needed bigger ones with more compartments because our daughter has a lot of new toys.
The difficult, but also fun part, was to arrange all the toys and materials to fit and be at hand, at the same time. Guided by the Montessori principles – simplicity and freedom, order and structure, accessibility, nature and safety – we managed to recreate our daughter’s playing environment.
Our Montessori shelves
Our daughter’s room in large enough, so it didn’t look crowded at all.
The small Montessori shelf
We placed the small shelf near her desk. Inside the top left compartment we put her drawing pencils, her brushes, her chalk, erasers and other tools for drawing and painting.
In the three compartments below, we put her favourite puzzles:
Next to these we placed her board games:
Pete the Cat the Missing Cupcakes Game
Don’t Break the Ice Game
Peaceable Kingdom Feed the Woozle Preschool Skills Builder Game
Hi Ho Cherry-O Game
The large Montessori shelf
In the first middle compartment of the large shelf we put her domestic and wild animal figurines. She has a lot of sets (she loves animals and insects):
Jungle Animals Figures
North American Animals Figures
Farm Animals Figures
African Animals Figures
Australian Animals Figures
In the second middle compartment of her Montessori shelf we put a basket with our daughter’s magnetic objects and letters, her STEM Building Blocks and her Montessori Wood Math Number Blocks Shape Teaching Board
We’ll try to add some pictures later. We made a pact with our daughter that we’re going to take some pictures of her room after she gets used to clean it up before bedtime.
Overall, it looks very, very good and the contents of the shelves are very well structured. Our daughter is extremely pleased with her room, especially beacause she can pick up any toy she wants by herself, with ease. Still working on making her put all the toys in the right place at the end of the day. But that’s another story…
So, how do your child’s Montessori shelves look?