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February 17, 2021

Play Silk Display and Storage

Play silks are one of the most used playthings in our home. From Teddy through Henry, every single one of my children uses play silks daily. They can be anything - capes, bags, dress up, forts, jump ropes, or play scenes. I'm constantly in awe of how much creativity and play they spark. Morgan and I often joke that we could get rid of all of our toys except the play silks and our indoor swing and our kids would find hours and hours of entertainment. 

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But, over the years, we have had some trouble figuring out the best way to store the silks in a way that helps to keep them organized and accessible. For a long time, we kept them all in one basket, but what would happen is that the kids couldn't find the *exact one* they needed and would dump the basket out looking for it. This would lead to the entire collection of play silks scattered throughout the playroom in an overwhelming heap. Come clean up time, no one wanted to restore them all. 

We needed a new system and badly. They were just everywhere and really creating a lot of disorder which made it more difficult for the kids to use the silks when they wanted to, or even use other things in our space. Then, once we started homeschooling, I had to spend way too much time picking them up so that we could find room to work. 

So, a couple of months ago, I came across these shelves from IKEA with pegs. I decided immediately that we needed to try them! This way the kids could see their play silks, choose which they needed and leave the rest hanging. It's been an amazing solution. It adds a lot of beauty to our space but also the organization and accessibility we need to make play silks work in our Montessori home. The shelves are hung low on the wall so that even Teddy can grab a silk (although he still needs help restoring.) 

Similar ways that store play silks could include:
  • using a towel bar
  • individual pegs on the wall 
  • a coat rack 
  • clothes pins/similar clips on a board or attached to the wall 

Do your kids love play silks? How do you store them?

Storage and display solutions for play silks in a Montessori home. Easy to use ideas to help make this popular toy accessible and organized.

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Unknown said…
I'd love to have as many as you do! We only have three, so it's not a problem so far, but I think I'd hang a string or thin rope with pegs, even if it was just hanging down, rather than horizontally.