I'd love some help with this. We aren't Waldorf, but I really like learning more about the principles, and am trying to simplify our lives. I just read Simplified Parenting and LOVED it. I had been wanting to get playstands for awhile.
Through some freelance writing work, I was able to earn a set of playstands and canopy from Little Colorado. It wasn't the set I would have picked if I was buying them outright, but for the cost to us (nothing!) I am thrilled. Before we assembled them we did a massive toy purge, re-organizing everything and selling and donating quite a few toys. I put some in our attic for rotation and made sure that all the toys that were left were nice quality and not too crowded.
Here's my issue: I didn't realize that the canopy and playstands were going to be permanently attached. I guess from photos I'd seen, I had hoped that each playstand would have half the canopy and that they wouldn't be attached at the top. I had imagined that the girls could move them around and re-arrange them. I had also hoped that we could use them in both our living room and their bedroom. With the layout of our living room, they can't live there permanently, so we had to assemble them in the girls' room. Which means they are stuck there.
So, would I be better off just dispensing with the canopies all together? That way the two pieces could be carried around and used different ways. I really like the height of the canopy but it sort of seems to defeat the purpose for the whole thing to be so static, ykwim?
I'd love feedback on how you have done it, what has worked best, how kids get the most play out of them, etc. Or better still, if someone has an idea for a way I could make the canopy go on and off....surely if we were a little handier we could figure that out.
Thanks for any help!!!