If you are absolutely ecstatic that school holidays are finally over then this one is for you!
I imagine for most mothers out there, you have just endured two weeks of utter chaos as your young children cause a raucous of noise and mess around your home as they play. Am I right?! If you are sick and tired of your entire home operating as a playroom then we have the answer for you!
It’s time to designate a space in your home to play time. By creating a ‘playroom’ especially for your children’s fun and games you are teaching your child a lesson in boundaries and organisation – not to mention it will save you cleaning up after their toys all the time!
We let you in on some ideas to help you build a playroom quickly and cost effectively.
- Find a space
Deciding on the perfect location for your children’s playroom is an important decision. You can opt to use a section of your child’s room or if space in your home allows, you can designate a whole room to play. Whatever your decision you need to make sure this space is in close proximity from where you will be spending the majority of your time (i.e. Close to a living room or a kitchen) where you are able to watch over your child.
If you will be setting up your child’s playroom in a section of their bedroom, it is best to organise the room in a particular way that allows for the room to be separated into three different spaces. This includes a space for sleeping, a space for studying and a space for playing. Try setting up a corner of the room with a desk and book shelves which can be allocated to study. The remaining room around you child’s bed can be used however your child desires – to lie, roll, sit, stretch and play!
If you have a spare room at your disposal, this is the perfect opportunity to shape a playroom around your child/children and their interests. There is a huge range of possibilities available to you as you aim to make this room a play haven!
Keep in mind, if you don’t have a spare room inside your home, that isn’t always an issue. You can always utilise your backyard or garage to make a play space for your kids.
With a whole room at your disposal it would be great to create a theme around your child and their interests. Ask your child what kind of theme they would like for their playroom. You can opt for a basic colour scheme or a theme inspired by their favourite things such as a movie character, animal or sport.
If they don’t have a particular idea in mind, opt for neutral coloured walls with vibrant accessories. This works well instead of multi-coloured walls or an overload of patterns which can make the space appear crowded and messy.
- Rotate Toys
A top tip when it comes to your child’s toys is dividing them up into assorted portions. Put a mix of toys together and keep one portion out at a time and store away the rest, rotating them every month. This way the toys seem new again as they haven’t played with them in a while and it helps to keep your child occupied without them getting sick of playing with the same toys all the time. This tip also helps you control the mess! The more that is hidden away – the less you will have to worry about keeping neat and tidy.
Storage is key to keeping your child’s playroom in organised chaos! It is best to purchase large storage boxes that you cannot see through which can be kept on high shelves throughout the room. This will help to limit your child’s temptation to climb up to get the other toys as they cannot see what is inside.
Your can always make the storage boxes more appealing to the eye by colour coordinating boxes with different toys – all the same coloured boxes can be taken out at the same time – matching the colours to the room’s theme.
When it comes to storing the toys that are in circulation, there are many options available depending on your space. Our pick is plastic dishpans which are perfect for storing toys due their sturdy material and ability to adapt to different styles and themes. They are cost effective, portable and when labelled clearly, will be the perfect storage system for your child’s possessions!
You should also consider investing in larger pans which can be used as ‘bins’ when play time is over. Every day you should encourage your child to pack away their belongings after play time. If they do not pack away their possessions, they should be unable to play again tomorrow. This may be difficult to enforce in the beginning but we’re sure you will be thankful as your child learns to pick up after themselves, leaving less tidying for you!
- Room Necessities
There are a range of room elements that you should aim to include to make your child’s play space safe and inviting.
- Make sure you have a relaxation area with soft things such as teddy bears, bean bags and blankets. This will make up a safe place to go and put your child when they are sad, upset or tired.
- Create a bulletin board or blackboard using colours, shapes, numbers or letters (depending on your child’s age) that will assist in creating an organised learning environment.
- Hang posters or paintings on the wall to help add colour and inspire your child. Disney characters or animals are the perfect choice!
- Make sure the room has ample lighting – take lighting is particularly important in playrooms. The best lighting option is overhead lighting that lights up the important spots in the room.
- It is also great if you include an arts and crafts area. We know – very messy – but a painting easel or whiteboard are great for getting kids to let their creativity flow. Just make sure your paint or markers are washable!
- Collect an assortment of toys depending on your child’s preferences. Gather games that can help develop learning skills such as counting games or books. Another great idea is a dress up area which can be made up of costumes or old clothes, allowing your kids to change appearance and live make-believe for a while.
- Purchase some plastic or wooden cubes which can be used for play and additional storage. These cubes can be moved to form chairs, lodges and obstacles to inspire your child’s imagination whilst serving a function in the space.
- It is important to have soft but durable flooring to prevent injuries and create a warm, safe play area.