I have had a few requests for pictures of the girls new play space and the sun finally made an appearance here to allow me to oblige. Although, we still don't have everything figured out, and are still uncertain of all of our current furniture arrangements, so the views you see will more than likely change at some point or another.
We don't have an extra room in this house to set up as a playroom like we did in our old house but instead have many play spaces all over the house. I thought I would share their kitchen play space today. The kitchen in this house is rather cramped due to a counter dividing it in half (and in major need of work all around). On one half of the counter is all the cupboards, the appliances, sink, etc and then on the other half is a big empty space to put your kitchen table. Our table is much too big for that space so we decided to instead turn it into the girls' space.
A child is inspired in play by his or her surroundings. Therefor, I feel a play space should be a simple, calming and inviting environment, filled with materials found in nature, and with out too many colors disturbing the senses (You'll find this in Waldorf kindergartens, as well). I also feel it is important (if you have the space) to place your child's play kitchen within or nearby your own kitchen so they can mimic you while you cook (plus it helps keep them busy when it's the end of the day and you're frantically trying to get dinner ready in time - What? That never happens to you?!), so this space ends up being rather an ideal set up, after all. I do really love that the biggest wall in this space is a sliding glass door (that doesn't work) with a view of trees filled with squirrels and birds.
With out further babbling here is the girls' current kitchen set up.
*I feel the need to let it be known that we are not rich and most of these things have been gifted, thrifted, made by me or bought during a sale. *
Evening light shining in - my view (to the right) over the counter
My view (to the left) over the counter
The ever-changing seasonal print hanging over their play kitchen
'Mama's little helpers' storage ( I want to replace those plastic feather dusters at some point)
Yummies baking inside their oven (previously used picture, the play kitchen was a lot lighter back then)
Doll highchair in corner
Doll strollers & doll laundry area
Spring decorations above their table (where our advent wreath was at Christmas time)
The dividing counter is an ever changing art display as well as home to their kitchen supplies
Phew, that was a lot of pictures! I hope they helped to somewhat give a tour. It's funny becuase the pictures make the area seem so much bigger than it really is.
I'll take more of the other areas soon.
Lastly our Great Outdoor Challenge picture for today (I forgot to post one Wednesday - Oops!). The girls and I spent yesterday enjoying the sun while our dogs battled around us (look at Nara!!)
Wishing you all a weekend of inspired play!