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I am brainstorming how to set up our home so that the toys are contained, but easily accessable and so that I can get things accomplished while the children are playing. Our home is relatively large, with an upstair and a basement that is finished. We don't have a ton of stuff, we are not savers, so we have plenty of open space and rooms that can be converted.<br><br>
Here is my idea.<br><br>
Turn the basement into a run around/big motor playarea. We have a slide, basketball hoop, some push toys, and some giant boxes down there. Also the train table and a zillion pieces will stay down there. Also I thought I would put my dd's easle down there and put one of those gates that make a circle around it so my ds wouldn't be able to eat the markers<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm getting a gate for the steps so that the kids can play down there while I work in the kitchen which is at the top of the steps.<br><br>
Turn an extra bedroom upstairs into a waldorfy playroom. It is a smaller space, about 10x12, with a small closet. We have many wooden toys, play kitchen, blocks, silks, waldorf dolls, tree stackers, wooden dominoes, etc. that could go in that space. The walls are already painted a nice soft blue. There really isn't any furniture in the room right now, so it would be pretty easy to transform. I could put a gate at the door and then I could do my upstairs work while they had a safe place to play.<br><br>
That would leave very few toys for the main floor. But really, unless we are watching t.v. or I am cooking (with or without kids) we don't really stay there. So I figure they could bring something in there if they wanted it, then just take it back where it belonged later.<br><br>
Any input?
 

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Sounds good to me! Really - sounds like a great set up.<br><br>
I like the focus on gross motor and imaginary play. You'll get them to play for longer periods of time with this type of a set-up. I myself have tried to eliminate all plasticy - beeping - whirring - battery toys -- for Xmas they got a nice wood play kitchen set up and recently added a nursery. My triplets will play for very very long periods of time with those toys that use their imagination.<br><br>
Everything sounds good to me!
 
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