Noora has a small bedroom (though not as small as her repurposed storage closet-playroom!) as we have a small townhouse here in Vancouver. While many Montessorians advocate for nothing but self-care (dressing, hairbrushing, etc.) and sleeping in a child's bedroom, we have limited space and I'm okay with her having a very limited number of toys in her room to play with.
We have yet another Kallax shelf in her room- this one only with 4 cubes and one level. Above the shelf, at child level is an animal cross stitch my grandmother made for my sister when we were children and that my sister passed on to Noora.
Here's what's on her shelf:
1) Story Blocks: I am a huge fan of block play, and Noora has multiple sets of blocks in various baskets throughout our house. These gorgeous blocks were a Christmas gift from one of her grandmothers. They feature different pictures on either side, all either faces (animal and human) or legs (again, animal or human). When she's older, I'm sure she'll be interested in making weird and wonderful combos but for now she loves the black and white images and spends lots of time just looking at them (and trying to chew them- like everything else in her life).
2) Wooden Drum: This drum is one of Noora's absolute favourites and has yet to be rotated out of her toy selection. She still shows interest in it daily. The drum is beautiful, sturdy and not an irritating 'kids toy instrument'. It sounds lovely and Noora has been into it since about 9 months. Unfortunately, it seems to be on the way to being discontinued, so get it while you can!
3) Car Racer Track: This is certainly her father's favourite toy, and Noora started getting into it herself just a couple of weeks ago. The size is perfect and we've stored the small cars in a wooden container. She has just started putting the cars on the top track herself and the wooden vehicles make a very fun noise as they go down the track. I'm excited to see as her grip and coordination develops and she can place them properly consistently.
4) Object Permanence Box: This is a standard Montessori infant material, and one Noora loves. On my Instagram, there's a video of her a couple months ago from when she first really 'got' it- you can see her tracking the ball as it comes out of the box and it's such a lovely moment. There are more permanence boxes, but Noora loves this one and hasn't yet been bored of it, so it's here to stay for awhile.
And that's it. On top of the shelf we have a diffuser for oils (I have some major hippie tendencies when it comes to scent and mood) and my all time, number one life-saving baby device- our sound machine. That little machine along with the crib helped restore Noora's sleep, and it was the best $20 I have ever spent. What's on your shelves in your baby's room?
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