Skip to main content

Our Multi-Age, Multi-Use Montessori Playroom

As a new year begins, I am feeling an itch to move all the things around in my house. This desire has been brewing for awhile as I have been watching my children work in their old art area. The area was starting to feel just a little bit small for my rapidly growing children. So I decided to make some changes, incorporating more of our art materials into our general play area.

A look at our multi-use, multi-age Montessori playroom, including art area and Montessori baby space.

The conclusion has been a new multi-use, multi-age play and art space. This space has been crafted now so that all of the kids can work and play in the space together. I've made a video tour of the space but I wanted to provide some details here too. 

The room is broken down into four main areas. They are: 

Baby Area

This sweet this little movement area is Teddy's main play area. He is currently 4-months old.

Practical Life Area

This area helps to organize a lot of the practical life work that my children do outside of the kitchen. It gives them access to water and cleaning supplies to undertake a variety of tasks. This area is mainly used by Gus (3-years-old) but all of the kids can use the space. Art work that is completed is stored under this shelf on a tray.

Art Shelves

These shelves are designed to work for all three of my older children, so it's a combination of open ended supplies and prepared work depending on the child that the material is intended for!

Work Shelves

This shelf is dedicated to Augustus' table work. That is the work that he uses that is intended to be used at a table. By keeping this in the space, Gus still gets to work in the lovely play room much like he did before this current change!

And, that's it! You can see the video here.

A look at our multi-use, multi-age Montessori playroom, including art area and Montessori baby space.



M. said…
How do you store the things that are out of rotation? I struggle with that, as space is limited in our house and some toys and supplies are so. darn. big. Thanks!
Here is some more information on toy storage:
AE said…
What a lovely space!
Where can I find that cursive alphabet tracing board?? It's beautiful!
Raquel Antunes said…
Hello Nicole, beautiful blog and beautiful family.
I am having a hard time separating the job from the my children the, oldest 4 years old and my youngest 17 months old. because the little one wants to work on the older work and often doesn’t even let her concentrate. Do you have any suggestions?

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2020

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure! 2020 UPDATE: This list is updated for another year! Enjoy a variety of Montessori friendly finds from both major retailers and smaller shops!  So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created toys, but only works for classroom settings. While there are many works that I recommend for home school use, you won't find these

Our Kids' Montessori Gift Lists 2020

With the holiday season upon us we've been making lists and gathering gifts for the Kavanaugh children. It's always a fun process of observing my children, seeing what they would really be interested in and making some decisions based on what I see. This year is different because I'm also making decisions knowing that we are looking at a very long and quiet winter ahead. So that's influencing the amount I will buy and the specific choices I will/have made.  Henry and Nora are also at the point, being into the second plane of development, where they heavily influence the items on the list and what is ultimately purchased. So, you'll see that while Montessori influences what I will purchase and what goes on their list, so does their own preferences and personality.  This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.  Theodore Teddy is 14-months-old right now and as the fourth baby, we have so many toddler things. But, there are a few things I've still found tha

Sensitive Periods from Birth to 6 - A Chart and Guide

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life observing, studying, and writing about children. During her lifetime of work she discovered that young children move through a series of special times when they are particularly attracted to specific developmental needs and interests. She called these times, sensitive periods. During the sensitive period, children learn skills related to the sensitive period with ease. They don't tire of that work, but seek it, crave it and need it. When the sensitive period passes, this intense desire is gone, never to return.  That doesn't mean the skill is lost forever once the sensitive period is over. Instead, it just means that it will take a more conscious effort to learn. As Dr. Montessori explains,  This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. "A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables