Getting our toys organized to the point that they can easily be used and put away has been a huge focus in our home this past month.
Electra is a complete puzzle nut, so I thought getting our puzzles straightened up would be a good place to start.
These are just kiwi boxes, super sturdy ones, that I rescued from the grocery store. I cut out the front portion of the box with a utility knife.
The boxes have notches at the top that interlock with the box above. This feature makes the boxes great for stacking since they always stay in place.
In the first version I tried, I removed the entire front of the box, which I wouldn’t advise. It’s important to leave at least an inch or so on all three sides to maintain the rigidity of the cardboard.
We thought about decorating the boxes in some way, but I in the end I fell in love with the punchy red and yellow (and the little diagonal break.) Bold, graphic colors are such a great contrast to all of the neutral shades we have in our apartment.
I’m a big proponent of Montessori philosophy. “Help me do it by myself,” is a central Montessori theme, and this project is an example of one way that we integrate Montessori philosophy into our day-to-day activities.
Electra always works on a mat to define the space, and chooses one puzzle at a time. When she’s done she has to put one puzzle away before she gets another one out.
Sometimes I pull all of the trays out for her to choose from and sometimes just a few, it kind of depends on the mood of the day and what she’s currently interested in.
I have to say, with this system, she really does clean up after herself. There’s something about that whole order begets order thing.
Now if I can just get it to spread to the rest of my house a little faster.
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