This is a dilemma parents face for the first time, how to present their home when their toys start to occupy every room.
Here’s the perfect solution for two proud business mothers at home – turn blocks and puzzles into a piece of space-saving furniture.
The Dova Play sofa is made up of eight specially designed cushions that can be re-imagined to create anything a child can think of, from a palace to a cave, slide or sleeping area.
When playtime is over, wipes and washable cushions can be quickly and cleanly cleaned back into a living room setting. And while it is based on the type of furniture found in soft play, garish, brightly colored vinyl has been replaced with soft fabrics in living room friendly shades.
The 385-pound sofa-making businessman is Rona Madigan, 29, and her 31-year-old sister, Korean Spencer, from Glasgow, who came up with the idea during the lockdown.
After securing a manufacturer in Poland, they are now taking pre-orders from countries including Germany and Dubai.
The couple, who were both pregnant at the same time, shared Ms Spencer’s experience as a Montessori school teacher to design their sofa, which they wanted to look as attractive as a piece of furniture, like playing with a baby. Is.
Inspired by the Montessori principle of child-centered independent learning, it encourages children to discover their imaginations, learn to build, balance, create, destroy and recreate their heart’s content.
Ms Spencer, who teaches at the Montessori Art School in Edinburgh, said: “Rona was pregnant with Max and it was towards the end of her pregnancy and she was looking for the modular sofa she had seen elsewhere but not in the UK. ۔ ” In July, she gave birth to her son, Spencer.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“I felt it was something that was in line with many Montessori principles – that the child was choosing to build.
“The options are endless and the response from parents who have seen it has been amazing, but even more encouraging is the children’s response.
Ms Madigan, now the mother of eight-month-old Max, added: “After the birth of my first child, I was really worried that my house would turn into chaos and become more of a burden than plastic.
“One of the brands we like is Totter and Tumblr, which make baby mats that look like really cool rugs. I’m not a Montessori teacher, but Korean taught me little things slowly. Introduced what I could do with Max and am going back. Basics. ”
The first Montessori school opened in 1907 in the San Lorenzo district, an inner city of Rome.
The students, aged 3 to 7, were said to have been awkward at first, but soon became interested in working with puzzles, learning how to prepare food, and manipulating Maria’s ingredients. Revealed
He observed how children absorb knowledge from those around them, basically teaching themselves.
Using scientific observations and experience gained from her earlier work with young children, Maria designed learning materials and a classroom environment that fostered children’s natural desire to learn and allow them to choose their own materials. Got freedom
The “Montessori method” began to attract the attention of eminent teachers, journalists and public figures.
By 1910, Montessori schools could be found throughout Western Europe and were being established around them. WorldIncluding in the United States where the first Montessori school opened in 1911 in Terry Town, New York.
There are now around 700 in the UK, including three. Scotland.