So far it has worked wonders for us. I highly encourage you to consider setting up a peace table in your home or classroom!
All You Need:- a child size table,
-1-2 child sized chairs
- something soothing to look at or do.
The number of chairs depends on how you want the table to be used. Sometimes Peace Tables can be used for conflict resolution where one child can invite another child to the peace table in order to peacefully resolve an problem. For our purposes, I chose to only include one chair because my main goal for this space, right now, is to provide a retreat away from others. With very young children, an open chair suggests an open invitation and I think they would have a hard time understanding that they are only allowed to join someone at the table unless asked. If you are interested in using your peace table for conflict resolution I Heart Montessori has a great post on how to get that started!
As far as your soothing activity or object, it can really be anything. Think of your child, and what best soothes them. Right now, we have our Buddha Board set out on the table for a quiet and soothing activity. Other ideas might be a sand timer, a feather, worry beads, some soft fabric, some soothing scent jars, maybe even a head set and some music so they can shut out the noise. The options are endless and you can incorporate as may or as few as you like. I plan to change our activity out every so often to keep it fresh and inviting.
- away from the action
- beautiful and inviting
Since the purpose of the peace table is for the child to take a break from the action, you obviously want to set up the table in a place where that is possible. Putting the table in a high traffic area would make it difficult for a child to seek the quiet they need. Another thing to consider when deciding where to set up your table is to make sure the space is visually appealing. A well lit area facing a window would be ideal so the child can be soothed by the natural light and sights of nature. If that is not possible, you can always add photographs, potted plants, and other beautiful objects on or around the table to create an attractive and calming environment. With a little thought, it is possible to arrange a great peace table that any child is sure to love and enjoy!