I have a 6.5 year old, a 3 year old and a 9 month old. As I recently (last summer) redid our play space into a multipurpose 'play & homeschool' space- it was important to me to appeal to all our children. I wanted to be able to sit at a table with my older son and watch my toddler play happily near us. I wanted a table that was big enough for all of us to do projects. I really lovedWaldorf classrooms that kept the flow natural and had small spaces broken up by furniture pieces. So that is how I designed my room.
In one corner, created by pushing two bookshelves towards each other- we have the 'reading nook.' The bookshelves are filled with all our children's books, they face each other but do not touch so there is space to enter. I have a sheepskin rug and big pillows and a blanket, with two huge, green leaves hanging over this area. It feels very cozy and is a great spot for fort-building as well. My kids will often hide in there and read. One of the bookshelves, at its foundation is an attached trunk- inside this is where we keep all our dress-up clothes.
Behind one of the bookshelves, I have created another space putting a small shelf up against the wall, so its side is touching the bookshelf. This small shelf holds all my toddlers activities. I arranged them by woven baskets and felt baskets. Sewing cards, small wooden animals, a tea set, puzzles, musical instruments, a wooden clock and a wooden pirate ship are housed on these shelves.
Using the back of the other bookshelf, that shows it back to the room, I placed a Ikea shelf that has different plastic tubs that hold our blocks, train tracks, animals, cars, babies. They slide in and out for easy access. On top is my toddlers wooden dollhouse.
We have two tables in the room. One is a smaller square table with two chairs my toddler can easily use for her play. The other is a taller table that my older son and I sit at to do our work. They are on opposite sides of the room. Above these tables are two shelves that also have 6 plastic bins. These shelves are drilled into the wall and house all our supplies- paint, clay, stickers, stencils, yarn, falshcards, etc. On top of these wall shelves, I keep the books we use every day and some art supplies.
The fourth wall houses our little wooden kitchen and play food. My toddler spends a lot of time there.
The larger table has a shelf next to it, I use this to have easy access to different types of paper, sticker books, science books and coloring books.
We also have two closets that I use for storage for homeschooling supplies, books, art, board games and toys.
It is wonderful to have a space my kids are able to play freely in or settle down to use for school and projects. By creating different areas to the room, it allows for a renewed interest in what is there and keep its from looking 'blah.' I always keep everything in the same spots so they know where things are.
Have a great time!