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#361 of 641 Old 08-11-2008, 01:04 AM
 
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Got dd a kitchen on craigslist DH sanded it down a bit and refinished it withs ome oil. We also got a play table at ikea, on sale for 10$ yey

So here are updated pics of her kitchen/dinning room play area.

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Yukookoo-this looks very nice. I am so envious of people with wooden floor, it just seems cleaner and nicer than carpet. Anyway, I love how simple your little play area is! Thanks for sharing

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yukookoo - I love the beautiful simplicity of your play space! Kudos to a good find of Craig's list

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Yea, I actually uploaded my pics.

This is a small attic space (8ft by 10 ft) shared by my 7 and 4 yo girls. They love it, and it is so relaxing. I am finding it challenging to keep it inviting for play and grown up enough for my 7 yo. The baby and I hang out up there too. Their dolls are in their bedroom, and we're looking for a new play kitchen, but here is where we are so far.

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Super cute space, Angie!

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Yea, I actually uploaded my pics.

This is a small attic space (8ft by 10 ft) shared by my 7 and 4 yo girls. They love it, and it is so relaxing. I am finding it challenging to keep it inviting for play and grown up enough for my 7 yo. The baby and I hang out up there too. Their dolls are in their bedroom, and we're looking for a new play kitchen, but here is where we are so far.

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I know you said it's small, but it looks like such a nice, large space! Beautiful!

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I know you said it's small, but it looks like such a nice, large space! Beautiful!
Thanks! We are really happy with it. Its the one room the girls never argue in. We are looking for a wood desk chair and unpainted wood shelving, but love the results with a $0 budget.

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This thread is totally inspiring me to change my girls' playspaces!

Thank you so much for all the gorgeous photos! :

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Angierae that is a beautiful space! Very inspiring, like all the rest!!

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Thanks! We are really happy with it. Its the one room the girls never argue in. We are looking for a wood desk chair and unpainted wood shelving, but love the results with a $0 budget.
Angierae, is the shelving that's in there IVAR from Ikea? It looks really nice. I have also been on the hunt for wood shelving that is the right height for displaying the kids toys, not too short, not too tall. It's tough though - most of the things that really look right are much more expensive. I have been trying to figure out a good Ikea solution to the problem. I like how you put the metal curtain wire across the top of the shelf, with the clips to hang things - creative!

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Angierae, is the shelving that's in there IVAR from Ikea?
It is from IKEA, I think it is the SVEN. IVAR has the solid shelves rather than slatted. We couldn't find anything the right height either, so we just didn't put the top shelves on and DH added the wire and clips. My 4yo is so happy to finally see over the top shelf!

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What a gorgeous room AngieRae! Wish I could come over and play . I really like the mobile hanging from the ceiling

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here's a look at our play group space.
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here's a look at our play group space.
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where exactly is it on your website? :

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Angie, your playroom is gorgeous! I love how you placed the wall shelves lower to the ground. Something like that never even occured to me!

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I also love your attic playroom Angie. The house we are moving into October 1st has a space just like that, but completely bare and un-inviting. Now I have a vision of how to use that room!

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where exactly is it on your website? :
It looks like there are some pics here

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It looks like there are some pics here

Thanks for finding the pics berrymama!!!
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It looks like there are some pics here
Oooh, nice! I love the soft yellowish gold color you've used for the walls.

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thanks!! those are the same pics she posted before though

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i've always loved your playroom and am so excited about you being recognized for it ni..:

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ok .....so finally here are mine......yes that is a dalek hiding in the corner, but no-ones perfect right?:

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cat2116- What a sweet warm room! It seems so cozy and fun. I love all the natural toys

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I've been lurking on this forum for quite some time, but I think this is the first time I have posted. This thread just intrigued me. I am in the process of opening a home daycare for children under 5. I want to have a Waldorf inspired daycare, with all wooden or cloth toys, and very simplified. I don't want a romper room filled with a million plastic and electronic toys, and I have received some grief about that. I plan to serve all natural and/or organic food also, and have had some people complain to my face that my prices are outrageous and for that price I should at least have some toys for them to play with. My price is only $10 more than others in my area, and that is just to cover the organic food and the higher quality toys that most other daycares don't offer.

I love the set ups that you all have, and I strive to have something like that in the future. I have a 9 year old son, and he doesn't play with ANY of the millions of plastic toys that he has. They all just sit in the basement or piled in his room and I'm tempted to get rid of all of them. My husband insists that he will eventually play with them, but I'm not convinced. If a 9, almost 10 year old boy isn't yet playing with action figures and their various bases I doubt he ever will. The only things he has ever played with are legos and kinex, things that he can build with. More of the open ended toys, so to say. Plus, he has a very good imagination, and he still loves to play with his millions of stuffed animals, and he has names and personalities for all of them. In his eyes they are real.

Anyway, here is what I have so far for my home daycare:

This is the older toddler shelf
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This is the infant/young toddler shelf
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Changing table and cubbies (the blue chair has been replaced with a 2x2 cube shelf against that wall)
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...8002copy-1.jpg

I have added some new toys to most of the shelves, and I have been buying new ones each week almost. My camera is dead right now, though, so I can't show it. I only enroll children under 18 months old, so I am just staring with infant/toddler toys at the moment. Once the children I enroll get older, I will gradually adjust the toys to be age appropriate. I'm getting there, and I know I have a long way to go, but I just want something different. I have gone through this whole thread and followed the links to the online stores that I haven't been to yet for ideas on toys. If you have any suggestions for me on what improvements I can make, I would really appreciate it. Sorry this has been so long. If you made it through, I thank you.

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Nikon Mama~ Hey I also do in home childcare
I am geared more towards Montessori but I am loving the Waldorf ways. It's the same philosophy I think, but with more creativity. So I am hoping to incorporate some more Waldorf things into my room. Anyway, here are pics of our playroom!

Here is one side

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Here is where I keep food for kids to help themseves whenever they are hungry. Some things stay in the fridge, but I am trying to limit the time with the fridge open. I put all meals on this table and they serve themselves too.

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/r...icture7798.jpg

My sunroom is also our artroom. It's right off of this room so the kids have access to anything artsy and messy whenever they want. I put vinyl floor down so it's easy to keep clean. I don't have pics right now, but I will take some tomorrow.

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cat2116- What a sweet warm room! It seems so cozy and fun. I love all the natural toys
awww..thanks, it's taken me two years to set up....there are still things I want to change, but overall I'm pretty pleased with it. Ironic, that something that looks so simple takes so much love and dedication to establish.
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NikonMama: I would highly recommend Toy Making With Children Its a fantastic book which details how to make simple toys for children of varying ages based on their developmental stage - like knot dolls and playsilks. YOu can get some really cheap playsilks at the Dharma coop and dye them with koolaide. Playsilks will really take you far! Kids play loads with these. However, you can also just use some squares of cloth. Oh, and this book really makes me want to have a saw!
http://www.steinerbooks.org/detail.html?id=0863153674


You are Your Childs First Teacher would also be really helpful. There is a section about play and toys as well.

Just for interest sake, here's a list of books which show you how to make toys. I really enjoy Feltcraft and have made gnomes, people and animals from it.

http://www.steinerbooks.org/search/s...q=toys&x=0&y=0

There are loads of beautiful playspaces in these pages, and I just wanted to put out the idea that a WAldorf playspace is not about buying (extremely beautiful toys, we can all get caught up in this!) but its just about kids playing with natural items and playing with less and open ended toys. You can even just start with adding a basket of large shells and pinecones for little ones to play with. And baskets to fill and carry!
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Thank you!! I love those books! I'm going to have to buy a few of them. I appreciate the links very much.

I have added some baskets, they just aren't in the pictures since my camera is dead (I really need to charge the battery, but sometimes I'm lazy about that. LOL)

Do you think that pinecones, shells and rocks are okay for infants under 18 months, and actually under a year?? I only enroll children under 18 months (but they stay until they start school), and most of the interest I've received is for 6-8 month olds. I'm pretty good at sewing, so I may have to try making a doll or two. I have some purchased ones, but they seem too fancy for a Waldorf room. I have been looking at felt toys and play food on Etsy, and I absolutely LOVE it!! Maybe I'll have to try making some of my own. I just have NO clue how to felt wool.

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I would skip the pinecones, small shells, and rocks until your group of children are older. Stick with soft simple toys. Don't go overboard (that can be hard to do with so many wonderful things out there). It's not hard at all to felt wool. I'm sure you could google some instructions on it.

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