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Building Your Montessori-Style Environment

Montessori comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, cultures, and spaces. That’s the magic of the Montessori method: it rests on following your unique child and her needs and interests. This month, Monti Kids is celebrating Montessori playspaces from far and wide. Find style inspiration to help you build your Montessori environment, or just enjoy the creativity of other families! Here are some of the staples of Montessori playspaces, along with beautiful #shelfies from the Monti Kids community.

For a modern, cozy Montessori look:

Inviting, clean spaces that are great examples of the simplicity and order of a playspace.

Traditional Montessori Style

These environments featuring plants, rainbows, eggs, fruits, and more, incorporate the natural environment into a warm and welcoming version of a traditional Montessori setup.

Montessori Style for the Book Lover

Reading can start from birth and will boost language skills and encourage a lifelong love of books. Here are two beautiful examples of spaces that incorporate a bookshelf that is accessible to a toddler.

Montessori School Style

Here are some beautiful examples of multi-age environments (very common in Montessori classrooms) that might be present at your child’s school.

For multiple children:

If you have multiple children who are close in age, their joint play space might look something like this. Place toys that are developmentally appropriate for your older child on the top shelf, and for your younger child on the bottom shelf.

Creative DIY Montessori Shelf

An incredible example of Montessori on a budget! Shelves can be created from all kinds of recycled materials, and this Monti Kids mom made one out of recycled diaper boxes–genius!

Make the most of a small space

For all you urban dwellers with small spaces, the simplicity of Montessori will work in your favor! A small shelf with six developmentally appropriate toys will suffice. Keep a basket of toys out of sight to rotate through as your baby becomes ready for new challenges.

Use your existing furniture

Why buy a new shelf when you have perfect options around your house already? This is a beautiful example of repurposing mama’s bookshelf to accommodate baby’s Montessori toys.

{Related post: What does a Montessori bedroom look like?}

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