In Katy Bowman’s living room she has monkey bars! Again I think this is just amazing! She aslo had a ladder that laid on the floor and was used as a balance beam among other things that encouraged movement and motor skill development.
The day after we moved the furniture out of the living room we went to Home Depot and they had mini pallets. Perfect little floor tables! We asked if we could have 2 and they gave us 2! We used them to hold water and remotes while watching a movie the next night.
The shot has a hair in it, but I still think this looks so serene and inviting.
We’d had our living room like this for 5 days when I first left our boys home with Cody and went to work, they went to the lumber yard and got some boards to make mama a surprise, and some hooks for the ceiling.
Then they went to playtime! Daddy made a swing out of one of the pallets, the ceiling hooks, and some cord. Plenty strong enough for our little boys but no way for an adult. Clark laid on his tummy some while swinging. This was a great way to see how motion can be effected or not effected by him.
He also put Grant in the car seat and let him ride! All completely supervised.
He raised the swing then and put a super soft blanket on it that hung over the edge. Grant played with that overhead. Great sensory for him as well as learning about motion.
Next he raised the ropes and put a broom handle through the loops. Instant monkey BAR and versatile cords.
He used the cords to hang a holed ball from the ceiling and let Clark (2.5) hit it . As long as you were out of range of the ball, everyone was safe! He put it at the right level for Clark’s height. This was a great game and the ball was always moving. It was quite a couple weeks later that we realized how much it had helped with coordination. We went to my moms (to drop off the couches), and she set up the tot T and gave him the same bat we used in the living room. He hit the ball more than 30 feet straight out on the first swing! We were all impressed!
He also lengthened that same cord so that it was just above Grant’s head while lying on his back. This was so fun for him to bat and play with. We found that just the cord was a lot of fun in Grant’s mind.
We also have more room for sensory activities. Do you need to go furniture free to be able to do any of the things listed above, no! You simply need enough space to do it. It’s added benefit to us.