Space to spread out

I’ve gotten some questions about some of the ways we’re doing things, so I thought I’d post a few pictures… Eli’s Montessori room with floor bed should finally be done by the end of next week or so (depending on when his futon arrives), and I’ll blog that later.   For now, here’s his movement area play space in the kitchen/dining room area.

As you can see, he needs a bigger movement mat.  I’m working on it. This one is of my design, sewn from upholstery fabric with a couple layers of batting sandwiched between it and the backing and I sewed a small rug pad to the back so that he can scoot on it and it doesn’t bunch too much like a blanket does.  But he’s more mobile now, and I’ve got plans to make one twice the size if I can just get the time!  And I need to repurpose the wine rack part (and get rid of those bottles!) but he’s not THAT mobile just yet…

The play area just happened to work best here. I can access the office and the laundry room without being far from him at all, and as a bonus, I was able to hang toys and the mobile from command hooks on the arch between the rooms. Plus, there was a nice bit of floor away from anything dangerous.  The mobile is art cards from Wee Gallery and a photo mobile to hang them.

The hanging toy is a car seat chime that he hates on his car seat, but likes to bat here… I’m using it in place of the hanging bell toy for all you other Montessori types out there.

The play handkerchiefs you see on the floor are just fabric left over from one of the projects for his room that I hemmed. I got the idea from Magda Gerber’s thought provoking book.

The fold out book is Black & White by Tana Hoban. Eli loves it!

And the inspiration for most of this comes from Montessori from the Start, a book full of good ideas about babies from birth to age 3

We just added a weaning table and chair, built by Earl Linn of Old Country Cabinets from hickory to match our cabinets.  He’s also building us a low shelf and wall shelves for Eli’s room… stay tuned again on that one.

I cleaned out the kitchen island to provide a toy shelf and a book shelf…

The cabinet currently houses the toys that aren’t out in the small basket and a diaper caddy.  When he’s bigger, this will probably hold his own dishes, utensils and table settings.