Fall is in the air
We had a family day yesterday, thanks to the husband being off work for Labor Day, so I’m taking a week off from the math and language talk. Our family day did involve a trip to the craft store, however, so I have some photos I’d like to share with you. If you’re a regular reader, you have an idea of how I (try to) organize our house for toddler independence. Annabelle’s toys are rotated in and out and are kept on shelves, but I don’t do a whole lot of trays which I know many families love. Interestingly, however, Annabelle has had little interest in her puzzles and other toys lately. She plays with Tinker Toys almost exclusively, and ignores the things on her shelves. She has also gotten really good at using one thing at a time, whether a toy or something else, and putting it away when she’s finished. With all this in mind, I thought I’d experiment with welcoming fall by filling her downstairs shelf with fall themed activities on trays. So, while philosophically it’s not what I strive for in the home, the corner of our living room currently looks like it was taken from the Practical Life area of a Montessori classroom. It will be interesting to see how Annabelle interacts with things as compared to what I was putting out before.
I also re organized our kitchen, since the shelf there was previously used for toys. These days, Annabelle seldom plays with toys in the kitchen, and if she does they’re usually brought in from somewhere else in the house. So, I made her shelf there into more of a functional, storage space to give her easier access to the real things she uses in the kitchen on a daily basis.
Have a look! These were put together in a bit of a hurry last night, so I’m sure they have flaws and will be tweaked/improved if the experiment is a success, but for now:
The kitchen shelf from top to bottom, left to right: paper and colored pencils, play dough; silverware, plates, bowls, glasses; crumb/table sweeper, cleaning spray and towels, mini broom and dustpan; mats for putting under artwork, apron/smock.
We’ll get ourselves organized in this house yet!
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