Freedom and independence are two important concepts within Montessori, and there’s no question that children learn best through play. Creating a Montessori playroom provides the ideal space for your child to enjoy a sense of freedom and independence while encouraging their natural curiosity, all within a safe space.
Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect Montessori playroom:
Keep activities at your child’s height
A concept often stressed in Montessori is cultivating independence within a child. This cannot be achieved if your little one is constantly asking for your help, making it essential to create a space that ensures everything is at your child’s level and reach.
A great way to achieve this is by including a simple wooden unit with baskets and low shelving for book displays. Another cute addition is a small table and chairs for fun activities such as art, reading and puzzles.
Create a space for movement
A wonderful thing about Montessori playrooms is the fact that it does not have to be a separate room, but it can be your living room or dining room if the space allows. It’s vital that you create a safe space that enables your child to explore freely and without restricting their movements which will encourage independence. A great inclusion is a wooden rainbow rocker – perfect for climbing!
Use natural materials
Maria Montessori favoured toys made of natural materials as it was healthy, safe and inspiring for children. A bonus for parents is the fact that it’s durable and guaranteed to last longer than plastic. Toys made from wood, wool or cotton are all great materials to include, with various studies indicating that they can help create a calm environment and reduce stress.
Include toys with purpose
Plastic or battery-operated toys do a great job distracting children, but that’s not what we’re looking to do. In Montessori, there’s a purpose to every toy in your child’s playroom. Whether it’s developing their motor skills, hand-eye coordination, or improving their problem-solving skills – there’s a valuable function for every object. However, make sure you don’t forget to put the FUN in function.
Keep things simple
Simplicity is key when it comes to your child’s playroom, as clutter can limit their movements. Every toy should have a designated spot with a simple layout that promotes that all-important sense of calm. Another great way to encourage a sense of order, routine and responsibility is to have your child pick up after themselves, providing them with the opportunity to return the toys to their designated spots when they’re done playing with them.
What to remember…
A Montessori playroom can come in all shapes and sizes, with numerous activities available to encourage important development skills. The key ingredient to creating the perfect Montessori playroom is preparation with a dash of respecting your child’s independence and need to explore.