I knew I wanted a framed chalkboard but I wanted it magnetic because we were going to be limited on wall space for our lessons. I didn't want a bunch of push pins in my wall so having the chalkboard be magnetic just made the most sense.
Here is our DIY giant magnetic framed chalkboard (tutorial of how to and how not to build one here)!
We connected two 22.5" Fintorp rails from Ikea for the hanging bar and attached 2 buckets and 1 oblong bucket with matching hooks.
Mammut Children's Stools from Ikea
What kid doesn't love sitting on a stool? My girls love pulling them out from the wall a bit to sit and read a book!
The bookshelves are 45.25" Ikea Ribba Picture Ledges
I plan on adding letters above the library wall to spell out "READ" and then put the 4 square framed photos of the girls reading that we already have above the chalkboard.
We had already owned 1 Mammut table with the 4 chairs and LOVE it so much we added a 2nd table. It allows for the girls to have more elbow space than trying to cram them all at one table. They wipe up easily with clorox wipes (crayon, marker, glue...you name it). Oh, and they work great for birthday parties too!
We also mounted a magazine rack to a small side wall (which can easily be removed by sliding off the nails for entertaining purposes). I use this to organize the preschool paperwork for the week. I designated the bins Monday-Friday from top to bottom.
Kvissle Wall Magazine Rack from Ikea
We also got 2 bookcases from Ikea and turned them sideways for storage under our archways (this is the area behind our couch in the game room).
|The 4 bottom storage bins in the picture above are for supplies (art, paper, etc) and I don't let the girls get into them (although Scarlett is still testing me).|
|Expedit Shelving Unit in Black-Brown from Ikea|
The 4 bottom bins in this unit are the girls' "learning zone" bins. The 1st is full of puzzles. The 2nd is full of music (xylophone, maracas, whistle, etc). The 3rd bin is fine motor skills (games, lacing, bean bags, etc). The 4th is our cookie sheets, ABC magnets, and Power Magnets.
After first we bought ITSO bins from target and they fit but they were SO snug I struggled getting them in and out. Plus we didn't agree with the polka dot pattern once we got them home so we exchanged them out for these (below) and they fit perfectly!
Storage Bins are Threshold from Target
When we need to stretch our legs we typically march around the game room during our Bible songs. The girls go play "centers" in their rooms (kitchen, dollhouse, etc). We also have outside play twice a day for the girls to burn some energy!
So far after 2 weeks of preschooling at home this set up is working great! We may add a circle rug under the library wall at some point but hasn't been a problem not having a rug for them to sit on.