Children’s Learning Center

Child's book case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I posted the article Tuesday “The Benefit of Learning Centers” I saw this cute reading corner for a child. I thought it was a great idea for creating a learning area in for a child’s room. You just hang a curved shower rod in the corner with some shelves, pillows, and a rug. If I had little ones at my house I would definitely want to create something like this.

For more ideas see the website:  http://www.growwhereyoureplantedpreschool.com/

1987, Katie and Christopher sitting on the bed their Dad built.

1986, Katie and Christopher sitting on the bed their Dad built.

 

This got me thinking about my children’s rooms and the neat things Mark built for them when they were small. So I headed for my picture albums and boxes and found these gems.

K & C Bed

1988, Mark building a bed for Katie's 4th birthday. The bunk bed sat on top of a playhouse.

1988, Mark building a bed for Katie’s 4th birthday. The bunk bed sat on top of a playhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

Two sturdy shelves on each end of the bunk bed. Twenty-seven years later and now I’m using those shelves in the garage.

The books don’t show here, but he did have books on the other side.

 

 

I searched for a finished picture of Katie’s bed but couldn’t find one. It’s unfortunate because it turned out so cute. The walls were white and the bed railing and frames around the windows and door were a bright yellow, her favorite color.  A child’s kitchen set was inside the playhouse along with a book shelf.

Yes, those are wooden guns in the top left corner, they were built by my dad. Mark built the beds in my parent’s garage or workshop since there rarely was room for the vehicles.

Playset

 

In my search I found this picture of the fort , slide and swing-set Mark built for the kids. The slide was built extra wide so two kids could race down side-by-side or use an inner-tube in the winter. Mark built the slide out of plastic laminate. The kids loved it!

Playset in winter

 

 

Oh, how I love thinking back on those younger years with our children and their friends.

 

 

 

 

 

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