"Mummy what did you put out for me?"
Well, Miss M, today while you were at child care I rearranged your play area!!
This is what it used to look like (about a year and a half ago). Click the link and you'll see some things are the same, and some have changed and evolved. It's such a beautiful little corner of our main living area. We don't have a separate play room - so this is it!
To the left by the window is an art/activity table (just from IKEA). Gotta love IKEA for fun kids stuff! There's often play dough out on this table. On the floor is our double sided Ecoviva Bumpa Mat - and we change it around from time to time. In the corner is our Duplo tub, because we have too much to fit in one of the regular sized tubs. And incase you're wondering, around 3 is the age when the novelty of tipping out the ENTIRE tub has worn off ;)
The shelves are from IKEA, and green tubs are from Howards Storage World.
From L-R, Top - Bottom here is what we've got!
On the Top
- Basket of marbles & gems
- Wooden Play fruit
- Grimms stacking cups
- Musical instrument basket
- Grimms wooden rainbow
- Basket of treasures
- Babushka doll
- Books, and more books
- Basket of pebbles
- Miscelaneous (because everyone needs one of those where you just chuck all the random stuff)
- Transport (including train set, trains, cars, people, trees etc)
- Wooden blocks (plain, coloured and transperant)
- Soft toys & teddies (mostly Peppa Pig characters LOL)
I love love love cane baskets for toy storage and play activities. They look great together with the Grimms wooden stacking cups and wooden rainbow (the most beautiful toy EVER!).
Childrens play areas are always evolving as they grow and their interests change.
When the Little Man is on the move we plan to set up a play pen for him in this area somehow, and integrate his baby toys into the shelves.
When considering play materials for 3 year olds here are some things to think about
- Gender neutral, provide lots of opportunities for both boys and girls.
- Neat, tidy, organised, well presented. Pack up is easier if everything has its place.
- Loose parts, tinker toys, sorting baskets are lots of fun for this age.
- Puzzles are great for mathematical learning.
- You can never have too many books for literacy development.
- Various other toys to encourage imaginative play.
And here are a few photos of her opening these presents. Look how little she way! Oh my heart!