Creating a Playroom
To create a playroom, first think about your child and how they will use the space. As they grow, the playroom will need to continue to offer a place to learn, express themselves and have fun. Depending on the space in your home, a playroom can be a room of its own, or simply cozy corner of the family room. It is designed as a place where a kid can be a kid and it should encourage and accommodate all types of play.
Here are some things to include in your playroom or play area:
Floor Space – Whether in a room of its own or as a part of a family space, define the playspace with a rug. Be sure to leave room for playing, stretching out to daydream or dancing on the rug.
Reading Nook – Create a soft cushy, comfy, welcoming spot to curl up thumb through their favorite picture books or read their favorite novel. This could be a small sofa, a beanbag chair, a poof or a few oversized throw pillows. Get some secured book shelves with easy, reachable access, and include bright comfortable lighting.
A Place to Work – Tables and chairs that are sized right for little bodies help them get comfortable to sit and play, design, color, have tea, emulate and explore.
A Place to Create Art – whether you incorporate a chalkboard wall or art easel, consider a spot for your young artist to stretch his or her wings. Be sure to have lots of easy clean-up supplies.
Quiet Place – whether as a permanent fixture or a temporary pop up, having a tent or fort or other cozy tucked away spot is an automatic lure for kids.
Dress-up Corner – if you have room for it, you can bring out their inner thespian and encourage roll-play with a dress-up corner. Combine a mirror and special storage for costumes, hats and accessories and you’ll inspire imaginative play, stories and performances.
Lighting – a space for play, reading or homework, needs to have good lighting. Windows for natural light are great, but you’ll want to look for some lamps to make up for dim conditions on dreary days and relaxing evenings.
Storage – you’ll want to keep their toys accessible so that your kids can get to them when they want and learn the that they have an important role in “clean-up time”. Experts also recommend keeping a portion of the toys put away out of sight, so that you can periodically rotate toys in an out. This keeps exploration fresh and interesting.
Music and Sounds – pots and pans, keyboard or drums – music is a fun way for kids to express themselves, build self-confidence and even relieve stress. Be sure to include a place for them to listen, dance and even make their own music.
Gallery Wall – Create a wall of your child’s arts and crafts. This is a low-cost way to personalize and enrich their space. Framing their masterpieces lends a polished look and you may find some pieces that can hold their own on other walls in your home.