Bird Mobile

I made this lovely mobile today for our Peace Corner (which I’ll show you soon).

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I followed the tutorial from this blog only I wanted the look to be more of a balancing act so I changed how I hung them.  I did them in just white to create a peaceful feeling.  I’m in love with it.  Now I want to make more mobiles.

DIY PAPER BIRD MOBILE plus a free printable

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New School/Playroom

Our New School and Play Room

A while back I was just running out of space in our small playroom.  I said to my husband, “you know, it’s me and the kids that live in the house the majority of the time, you’re only home and up for a few hours.  It’d make more sense for daycare and home schooling to have the biggest room for us and the small back room for the living room”.  My husband agreed as long as there were no toys in the living room.  So we set about switching the rooms.  It was a large task as we decided to repaint the living room now to be playroom as it needed it.  So, lots more shelves, lots more space and also lots warmer (the back room was cold), also brighter and more centralized.  It’s perfect….well….almost….I’m always improving it some how.  And here are the pictures.  I’ll start on one side and go around the room to the right.

Montessori shelves

Montessori shelves

Montessori shelf

Montessori shelf

Montessori Shelves

Montessori Shelves

Music center

Music center

Toy shelves

Dresser holds art supplies with some world puzzle map and metal insets on top

Dresser holds art supplies with some world puzzle map and metal insets on top

Work table with Dinning room table and Pumpkins

Play kitchen

Play kitchen

Montessori shelf

Montessori shelf

Our Favourite Toy

I wanted to share with you the toy that has consistently been a favourite in our house.  I’ve been doing daycare for over a year now and Magna Tiles have always been the most played with toy with all ages.  They get pull out pretty much every day.

Pumpkin 1's "Castle"

Pumpkin 1’s “Castle”

Building toys are great open ended toys.  They are listed as for ages 3 and up but I’ve found younger children like them too.  They’re perfectly safe to have around babies as unless they were stomped on in heavy shoes, then only, maybe, would the magnets come out.  Pumpkin 1 loves playing with them, though she does get frustrated as her “castle” can collapse easily.  If I put the two corner pieces on, she can build the rest.  She loves playing with them in spite of her frustration.  And her fine motor skills are developing as she builds with them.  They can build houses, castles, cars, or just do designs.  They can also try to copy a picture or a structure you made to develop their spatial reasoning.  Here are some more of the structures Pumpkin 1 and a 2 1/2 year old daycare child built by themselves.

Showing you the door

Showing you the door

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These are durable and washable which is always a plus in my books.  The clear ones can be used on a light panel also.  I had only a small set for the last year but I recently bought another one as there wasn’t enough pieces for multiple children to play.  I wish now that I had bought the large set.  Even the older children, age 10, like playing with them.  I like building with them too.  They’re a little expensive but they’ll last probably until your grandchildren and for the hours and hours of play we’ve gotten out of them already, they’re totally worth it.

Click on the pictures below if you’re interested in purchasing a set for your children.

Small set

Valtech Co. Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 32 Piece Set

Large set

Valtech Magna-Tiles 04300 Clear Colors - 100 Pc Set Value Pack

Update:

I’m more and more amazed at the structures Pumpkin 1 is building with the Magna Tiles.  She’s 28 months.  This is what she built today all on her own.

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