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Originally Posted by mimi! View Post
Ksenia, our camera was broken at Christmas (by dd) We'd love to have you over for tea and a play. Really, the former playroom is more of an office now and a block/driftwood storage room. The boys could build and the girls could wreck everything for them
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playroom challenges

Lovin' and subbin'!

You guys have created some amazing spaces! I'm so inspired! I noticed there is no large furniture in most of the rooms and right now that is one of my challenges.

The space I want to make over has so far been used as (gasp!!) a TV/video game room for my 17 year old stepson and my 9 year old stepdaughter. That's not what I want it to be but I don't know how to give my daughter what I feel she should have without upsetting my stepchildren (although the 9 year old would probably love what I turn the room into). Anyone have advice for me?

So far our room just has dd's table and chairs, toys/silks/wooden food/blocks in baskets, a large sectional sofa, a dresser with the tv on top, a rug, and a bookcase. I want to keep the dresser but not the sofas (I've had them since I was five years old). Here's a pic of our upstairs family room. Sorry they're so dark. It's night here and my camera's broken.

I also struggle with what my next purchase should be, considering the cash is really tight. I'm deciding between a major purchase (playstands vs kitchen vs dollhouse) or a few smaller purchases (puzzles, cash register, play food, etc.). Any suggestions on where to start? Should I just keep saving up for the big purchase or try to add a few smaller priced items first? I was hoping to get the kitchen/playstand by April for dd's 3rd bday.
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Lovin' and subbin'!


So far our room just has dd's table and chairs, toys/silks/wooden food/blocks in baskets, a large sectional sofa, a dresser with the tv on top, a rug, and a bookcase. I want to keep the dresser but not the sofas (I've had them since I was five years old). Here's a pic of our upstairs family room. Sorry they're so dark. It's night here and my camera's broken.

I also struggle with what my next purchase should be, considering the cash is really tight. I'm deciding between a major purchase (playstands vs kitchen vs dollhouse) or a few smaller purchases (puzzles, cash register, play food, etc.). Any suggestions on where to start? Should I just keep saving up for the big purchase or try to add a few smaller priced items first? I was hoping to get the kitchen/playstand by April for dd's 3rd bday.
I would get the playstands. Here's my reasoning:
Your 9 year old could use them too to build houses, put on puppet shows, etc.
A kitchen can be added onto your playstand. Check out naturalpod.com for add on type sink and stove. You could make this yourself to add to the playstand

Playstands would organize your space

At 3, she may not use a dollhouse yet.

You could make playstands yourself for less $ if you had a few tools. Or perhaps your dad could (mine did and I am thankful for it)

Check out threesisterstoys.com to see more ideas for room set up and play ideas for your girls.

Good luck and have fun!
post #244 of 639
prophetmother, I like mimi!'s ideas. Another idea that I have is getting the TV watchers cordless headphones so that children who want to play can do so without the distraction of background noise. It can make a huge difference in a multipurpose room that includes a TV.
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Thanks Jessica and Ksenia! Good ideas I'll keep in mind!
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Here is a link to my blog that, despite the title, has a Waldorf inspired playroom and theme running through it. I am finding so many similarities in home life between the two that I am running a merry old hybrid here!!

www.athomewithmontessori.blogspot.com

I just uploaded our latest photos this afternoon. Lemme know what you think!
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CounterGOPI your room is beautiful!! was that a small clothesline in one of your pics? My dd would go crazy for it if it was! Where did you find it?

ETA I found one!! and ordered one!!Yay!
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CounterGOPI your room is beautiful!! was that a small clothesline in one of your pics? My dd would go crazy for it if it was! Where did you find it?

ETA I found one!! and ordered one!!Yay!
yay! i got it for $2 at a garage sale.
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yay! i got it for $2 at a garage sale.
OMG thats Awesome!! ( I just paid $33 icl. shipping _
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Yay for this thread! I have A LOT of Waldorf essentals in my home, most of my home is Waldorfy! I am starting to paint our playrrom/homeschooling space Lazure. I starting a thread about it and will update it continually. I have no pics yet. .. Just discovered this treasure on mdc, usually I'm on the ttc boards. I remember you counter!!!!! I will try to post pics soon!
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i have a question about a toy on a few of your playstands-- the cylinder w/ the balls inside it? i can't find one online... any idea of where i could find one?
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its by eitehr speil and holz or kinderkram i cant rememebr now but i got it from rosie hippo toys. i think nova natural has them too.
post #254 of 639
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i have a question about a toy on a few of your playstands-- the cylinder w/ the balls inside it? i can't find one online... any idea of where i could find one?
Not sure if this is what you meant but this is the one I have.
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that's it, thank you! i found one on rosie hippo and the nova nat website...

BTW, i LOVE your playroom and have been inspired enough to add a ton of cool toys to our wishlist and i am selling stuff on ebay to buy a playstand and wooden kitchen for DD. she will love it.

i also really like the grass and sky canopy... where did it come from?
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Thread Starter 
aww thanks!!
ive hada lot of mamas ask me about that canopy. i need ot look it up again. i have the info around somewhere..bbl with it!!
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this is where i got my playsilk from:

http://www.sableandsilk-silkarts.com/store/Default.asp

the woman who made it is super super nice. Go buy things from her!!!
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Thanks counterGOPI!! What a great site:
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Remember Waldorf toys aren't about buying

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Originally Posted by prophetmother View Post
I also struggle with what my next purchase should be, considering the cash is really tight. I'm deciding between a major purchase (playstands vs kitchen vs dollhouse) or a few smaller purchases (puzzles, cash register, play food, etc.). Any suggestions on where to start?
Some Waldorf toys are free like baskets of pine cones and acorns and shells. Blocks can be all kinds of things for the imaginative child like a telephone, food, or a train. It's very easy to go overboard. Children don't need so many playthings. IME children are less imaginative with too many preformed playthings. It's harder to tidy up and making a mess often becomes the game rather than playing with the toys.

My children really like the playstands we have combined with sheer cotton gauze playcloths I dyed myself from blanks from Dharma Trading Company. (We also have some 35" square silks I dyed myself and the silk is sturdier.)

We also have a tiny kitchen I haven't seen these days. It was from Magic Cabin Dolls. It's just a stove, oven, and one shelf made from birch. I think it was $40.

Try getting Freya Jaffke's book "Toymaking with Children". Great ideas in there on things to make and also ideas on toys for certain ages like ages 3-5 and 5 to 7. (Get it free through ILL!)

Sincerely,
Debra, homeschooling mom of 4 ages 11, 10, 8, and 4 1/2
post #260 of 639
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Originally Posted by AuntLavender View Post
Try getting Freya Jaffke's book "Toymaking with Children". Great ideas in there on things to make and also ideas on toys for certain ages like ages 3-5 and 5 to 7. (Get it free through ILL!)
Just ordered my own copy!
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