Gone are the days of the classic toy chest. Today our homes are often littered with an abundance of toys strewed about, sometimes put away in bins, boxes or bags. How many times have your children been frustrated because they can’t find all of the pieces to a puzzle, or you found yourself cringing when your child dumped out a huge box of toys to find their favorite one, buried deep?
Maria Montessori, who revolutionized early childhood education in the early 1900’s, believed that children should have the independence to choose their own activities. She valued child-size furniture, like floor beds, learning towers, and what we now know as Montessori shelves, that allow the child to access materials on their own and put them back when they are done.
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Here are just a few of the many benefits of switching to Montessori shelves in your child’s playroom:
- Order. Young children are in a sensitive period for order. Satisfying this craving by giving everything a place on the shelf brings a sense of calm to your child’s environment. It also encourages them to put their toys back on the shelf when they are done!
- Independence. A Montessori toy shelf offers a complete view of your child’s activities, encouraging autonomy when it comes to decision-making, as well as easy access to their playthings. Placing your child’s activities on wooden trays allows them to practice carefully taking them off the shelf, and returning them when they are done.
- Aesthetic. Maria Montessori valued beauty, and part of the appeal of Montessori shelves is the way you can display your child’s materials neatly. Montessori toys are often made of natural materials, like wood, and are visually enticing, drawing children to the shelf to play and learn. A Montessori bookshelf is another lovely addition to your child’s environment, offering a place to display the covers of their favorite books.
- Less is more. Having fewer choices actually increases concentration, creativity and engagement with the toys that are available. Minimize the number of activities that are displayed for your child to play with, and take the time to organize and store other materials that you can rotate later on to refresh their interest.
It’s time to repurpose those bins and boxes and organize your child’s playroom with Montessori shelves that will bring beauty, order, and meaningful activity to your child’s world.
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The Montessori toy shelf
A Montessori toy shelf offers your child independence, increased concentration, and a sense of order in their environment. After curating the perfect collection of Montessori toys for your child’s place in their development, Montessori shelves display them in an organized, aesthetically pleasing place, encouraging your child to play with attention and respect.
Here are the best Montessori toy shelves for your child’s home environment:
The Montessori bookshelf
Adding a Montessori bookshelf to your child’s home environment is sure to encourage reading, early and often. While a traditional bookshelf packed with books, with only the thin spines visible, can overwhelm any child, a Montessori bookshelf offers space for a few special selections to be displayed, cover-out, to spark the child’s interest. You can curate your child’s Montessori bookshelf with seasonal titles, their favorite bedtime books, or a selection from your favorite children’s book author. Rotating what’s available on the shelf keeps things fun and interesting for both of you.
Here are the best Montessori bookshelves for your child’s reading nook: