There’s really nothing worse than having to dig through a toy chest to find the toys your child is missing or wants to play with. By keeping them in a bucket or hidden in a cupboard, it’s nearly impossible for you or your child to remember what toys you have – not to mention, remember to play with them! Because of this, I recently started storing Aanika’s toys on shelves the Montessori way.
What Is the Montessori Way?
The Montessori philosophy encourages placing toys at a child’s level in an organized way while encouraging freedom of choice in play. Separating activities into individual baskets and spacing out toys to make each toy stand out in plain view allows children to have more choice over the kind of work and play they engage in.
While there’s a ton of research around the benefits of the overall Montessori philosophy, here are the key reasons montessori shelves are working for me.
4 Advantages of Using Montessori Shelves at Home
1. Encourages Deeper Engagement. By making all toys visible to Aanika, she doesn’t wonder what else she could be playing with and therefore engages wholeheartedly with the toys available. When we rotate new toys in, she’s thrilled for a new challenge and seems more focused on the fun.
2. Keeps Toys Clutter-Free. It is easier for Aanika to clean up the toys herself and put them on the shelf when she’s finished playing. This saves my sanity while also encouraging her self-help and organizational skills.
3. We Don’t Lose Pieces. It’s as simple as that. Keeping toys on shelves means the pieces are very much manageable and easier to put them back. Nothing is ever hiding!
4. Less is More. More toys does not equal more fun. In fact, the opposite is often true. By offering four toys at a time, which we receive in our monthly Green Piñata shipment, Aanika doesn’t get overwhelmed and is able to master fewer skills more effectively.