How to Set up a Montessori Playroom - Less is More
Whenever you think about redesigning a room in your home, your end goal is likely to make it an inviting space. A space you are drawn to and desire to spend time in.
The same is true for your child’s play space, especially when you are setting up an area where they will be spending a lot of time learning and discovering through play.
Four things to include in your Montessori playroom:
- Simple open shelving
- Open-Ended, Engaging Toys (less is more, give each activity it's own space to shine and be noticed)
- Child-Size Furniture
- Thoughtful Organization
While there are many other components of a Montessori playroom—these four are a great place to start.
Keep It Simple
A simple calming space, free from clutter, ensures your child can focus on one toy/activity at a time. When too many toys are available, it can become overwhelming and hard for children to make a thoughtful play choice. Give each toy space on the shelves to be noticed. An open neutral décor really allows for each toy to stand out. After all, a cornerstone of the Montessori method is allowing your child to gravitate towards to the things that interest them.
We also suggest keeping an area of the playroom open for free large-scale play. While some homes may not have the space available to do this—it is helpful, when possible, for building block creations, setting up train sets, dramatic play or just moving around freely. If you aim for a simplistic approach, the more likely you will have some space available for these activities.
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Keep Your Child Engaged with Open-Ended Toys
In previous blogs, we've discussed the benefits of open-ended toys and why we recommend them over toys with only one way to play. When children receive intentional toys that can be used in a multitude of ways, they are pushed to use their imaginations to create and explore.
The types of toys you choose to include in your child’s space will vary depending on their age, developmental stage, and interests. Remember, keep it simple! 8-10 toys are all your child needs (less is more!). This will teach them to stretch their attention span, come up with new ways to play, and generate new creative concepts right before your eyes.
Our Creative Learning Co.™ (CLC) Learning Boards™ are an excellent addition to any Montessori playroom! They take up very little space, are multi-functional, versatile, high-quality, and beautiful! We work to design products that are versatile with multiple ways to use them, educationally beneficial, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, fun!
Here at CLC our goal is to help foster a love of learning through play. All of our different Learning Boards™ encourage learning many different skills, including:
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Communication and Cooperation
- Literacy and Numeracy
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Create a Child-Friendly Playroom
One of the main components of Montessori-style teaching is that it is child-led with hands-on activities. As a result, it is a great idea to have child-size furniture in the playroom. This will give the child a sense of self-responsibility and aid in creating a welcoming, inviting space.
Consider adding a small table and chairs, child-size bookshelves, a self-care station with a sink and mirror, or a kitchen set.
Learning life skills is also a cornerstone to the Montessori Method. Setting up a self-care station using our Life Skills Board™ is one way you can encourage these skills through your child-size furniture choices.
Organization is Key
Keeping order in a Montessori playroom is one way of teaching your child to clean up after themselves. From the very beginning, help your child learn that when they take a toy out, the same toy must be returned to its spot when they are done playing.
Have shelving, bins, or containers to ensure there’s a place for everything—keeping the room tidy, organized, and clutter-free.
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More Tips for Creating a Montessori-Style Lifestyle
We believe so strongly in educating others about open-ended play and Montessori-style living so that you’ll often find us sharing helpful tips and tricks over on our Instagram. We love sharing ways to support your child to thrive during play!