An Invitation to Play
I am a big advocate of creating attractive spaces for little hands to explore. In our lounge we have a designated set of (small) shelves that we use as an invitation to play. The children do most of their playing in the living areas so I want them to feel included there and not as if their toys are shipped in and out from the bedrooms!
Giving children a place that is their own tells them that their play is valued. They feel welcome and free to explore. Although there are always going to be areas in our home that are no-go zones for kids, or items they are just simply not allowed to touch, constant discouragement from touching those things only makes them more attractive to their inquisitive little fingers! I enjoy creating attractive, stimulating play shelves that children know they can always explore and can feel safe in doing so. This is an area where I am motivated to rotate items, or display them in an interesting way. I never have all the kids toys accessible at one time. My older daughter now knows where most of the toys are kept and if she has requested something in particular we can get it out together. But on the whole, they play much more purposefully and intentionally when we keep toy clutter to a minimum.
Now I am in no way saying that our house is always serene and orderly, far from it! Some days we just have to step back and observe the mayhem of it all! But at the end of the day everything has it's own place and serenity and order is never too far away. We do it for our children's learning and development but we also do it for ourselves!
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