This weeks Picnic Table Talk at ABC’s and 123’s is about Organization. One of my most favorite topics.
I absolutely love organizing – when I’m inspired to do so. With my children’s educational things and art supplies and kitchen, I found that being organized helps them and me find what we are looking for.
After seeing a concept similar to this on a website once, I created a hands-on exploration unit that my kids have free access to. I change things up as we get new things or if I get in a reorganizational type of mood.
Here is the unit all at once. It’s comprised of a 3×3 cube unit from Target and a 2×3 unit from Lowes. It contains hands on activities for montessori sensory activities, math and language activities and science activities.
I found this neat idea using pencil pouches for storage of educational games I purchased at Walmart from Chasing Cheerios.
More educational games I found at Walmart (opposites puzzles, animal/habitat puzzles, bear counters, and alphabet letters magnets with magnets of objects in corresponding beginning sounds).
Rocks and mineral collection with books on rocks and minerals. I found the Usborne book at a garage sale.
Magnets and magnetic objects with a children’s book on magnets.
Shells and nature bits (acorns, pinecones) – there’s more shells in the white box below the basket with a reference book on shells and a story book about the seashore.
What’s on top of the units
stuff that doesn’t fit below and a few kids science magazines –
And here is our art storage near the dining room table where they do their art:
It contains playdoh and accessories, stamps and stamp pads, stickers, watercolor and small containers of tempera paints, and brushes, and some fabric scraps, google eyes, shapes cut out of construction paper, and other bits and bobs.
The crayons, pens, markers, scissors, colored pencils go on a lazy susan on the dining room table.
I also organized the kitchen to be more kid friendly too, based on Montessori principles. With things well within their reach, they are more apt to help themselves to their own snacks, and help with setting the table when they can reach their dishes.
Oh…and to participate in the book giveaway contest, please see this post below: