I hope the pictures can do most of the talking in this post. You know there is no such thing as a Montessori playroom, it doesn't exist. For Montessori in the home there is no rule book, there is no manual. We are all doing it our own way in our own style. This is reassuring. There is no right or wrong way.
There are Montessori principles we can use in our playrooms though and we can allow Montessori to guide and inspire us! In our home the playroom or work area is used very frequently, Otis is very busy in this area, doing lots of work. The work is varied, often it's large, often it has many pieces.
There are three tips I want to share as I can see how important they are in keeping our area in check, keeping it organised, flowing and working. My three tips to Montessorify your playroom include;
Easy right? Shelves keep the work accessible to the child, the child can see all of their work. It is all within easy reach. It is organised. The child knows where they can find their work and know where to put it back. They can keep their shelves organised and tidy. The child can feel reassured by knowing where all of their work is. It appeals to their sense or order.
Having a designated place for each piece of work establishes an expectation for the work to be returned after being used. If the child is unsure of where to put the materials they are less likely to pack it away when finished.
2. Baskets and Trays
Baskets are trays are essential even for non Montessori work. They keep all the pieces of the work together. They allow the child to carry their work easily and independently even as a toddler. They make pack up really easy.
I also use baskets and trays to add to the aesthetics of a space. Beautiful baskets and natural trays can add beauty to a playroom.
3. Work Mat
A work mat allows the child to define their work area. It allows them to spread out their work without taking up the entire room. It gives them a boundary to walk around, to work within. It provides a soft and clean work surface. Being able to pack the work mat away allows the space to be used for other activities and also allows the child to keep the area organised. And rolling up the work mat is fun!
If you are new to Montessori in the home I hope you find these examples useful!