In our old apartment, we had a tiny table in Gerrick's bedroom devoted to his science collections (rocks, sticks, shells, leaves, dead bugs, flashlights, magnifying glass...); it was always overcrowded and overflowing. Because he is so interested in science, I decided to set up a whole corner of our family room in the new house as a discovery center. Here it is as of today. I plan to eventually get a bookcase for each side of the TV armoire and use the one on the window side to house some of the science collection. This would free up a lot of the table top for more work space. I also would like to get a bulletin board or two to hang between the bookcase and the window so that he could hang scientific drawings/photos/small nature posters/ etc.
All of our science and nature books are in a nearby basket. Baskets of blocks and Legos are housed under the table.
This table rocks! Gerrick's Granddaddy built it for him two years ago; it's original use was as a train table. The top is made of laminate flooring and so far has proved to be indestructible!
Here are some ongoing observations: berries in a jar are molding; a plant is rooting in water; and the newest...a banana peel, which we are going to watch decompose.
This is another experiment Gerrick is currently conducting. He put all this stuff in water and is watching what is happening over time. He's going to be getting some Prismacolor pencils and a notebook for Christmas, and I'm going to encourage him to keep them at this table and start documenting his projects.
He was so excited when I pulled all this together a couple of weeks ago and has spent a lot of time there every day since. :) What other ideas do you have that might complement this area?