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This is our living room. It's not the most elegant living room, but it works for us. (If you haven't read other posts about our home, please know we live in a very old (1890s) Victorian style home.) You'll notice no end tables, coffee tables, and/or table lamps. Some of the curtain rods are bent and sheer curtains missing. This is a result of having two sensory seeking kiddos for whom safety is not always the first priority. What Bulldozer didn't teach us, Sunshine has.
The picture below shows our work and play area. I'm writing this post at the computer desk in the picture. Right by the computer desk is the entrance to our learning time room. (In case you were wondering.) The dresser is home to all of our play dough supplies, paint & brushes, stamps & ink, and puzzles. The knobs from all of the drawers have been removed so Sunshine can't get into them. The storage unit in the corner is home to board games among other things.
One of the first places I noticed I had space and shelving for activities was our TV stand. Due to several infants and toddlers in our home for the past 7 years, the stand has never been home to books, decor, or anything else. However, we've found it's a perfect place to store a few activities and/or toys. I'm sure you can see the wear and tear of little hands. The closing doors store our DVD player, right where the kiddos can learn to use it themselves. The pull out drawers underneath are empty. Sunshine loves to put things in and out of everything she can. These drawers are perfect for her to practice her skills.
I don't purchase new items for activities in the living room or dining room. If I want books I get them through our local library exchange. All other materials are usually toys the kiddos already have, or manipulatives I've used in past units.
The second set of shelves for activities is in the corner of the room, next to the learning time room entrance (where we also store board games). These shelves had been used for books. However, I'm not one to read a book twice, unless it's REALLY good or a FABULOUS resource. I realized there was no point in keeping most of the books on the shelves. They look much better as Montessori shelves anyways.
I couldn't resist showing you my toddler friendly Fall Invitation to Play. It's been a HUGE hit. The basket (which is soft and very hard to break), holds tongue depressors, felt leaves, pine cones, plastic apples, and acorns.
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