Though most children often require nothing more than a cardboard box for entertainment, as grown-ups we know that sometimes they need a little more for their playtime, both to help with their development and to stop them from becoming frightfully bored.
That’s why we’ve put together some tips on making your children’s playroom a place where magic happens! Whether your little ones are natural performers or they love nothing more than to curl up with a good picture book, they’ll love this dedicated space of their own.
Born to run
Children are generally rather energetic, active little things, so it’s important to provide them with enough space to dash about and burn off some of that pent up energy without destroying the whole house. Try to keep the floor space of your playroom free for this purpose, and store toys and books on shelving systems.
If the space in your playroom is limited, then all the more reason to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! If you have a garden, great; if not, head to your local park – also known as your child’s free outdoor playroom.
There is one part of your playroom that should have furniture in it. As well as rather enjoying running around, children also like – and need – to practise their penmanship and drawing skills. Activities like can provide an often much-needed moment of calm for both parent and child, so a dedicated space where they can be enjoyed is essential.
Find a sturdy wooden desk and a few chairs that are at an appropriate size for your child, and if possible involve them with painting them. Ask them what sort of colours they’d like to choose, and if they’d like a pattern and so on. Then, you can paint the furniture together. Not only will this be a great bonding exercise, but your child will feel an ownership over their desk, and a sense of achievement.
Weak at the knees
Now, those little chairs aren’t going to be suitable for you, and after a while it’s likely your knees might fall out with you altogether! Find a comfortable sofa or armchair that you can flop onto when you’d rather be a spectator than partake in playtime – your joints will thank you later. Plus, you and your little one can enjoy storytime while cuddled up together on the sofa.
Perhaps the most popular playtime activity amongst youngsters is make believe, and it’s pretty much a given that at some point your children will want to put on a show for you. Performing is a great way to boost children’s confidence, as well as allowing them to explore their creativity.
A simple pair of curtains in one corner of the room can be used as a stage, and a box of props and costumes can be kept behind the curtains when they’re not in use. It won’t take up much room, but to your children it will add a huge dollop of magic sparkle to their performance.
There’s one thing that you can be sure of with children – they will make a mess. But instead of fearing that your walls will end up covered in crayons, provide your children with a messy play area. Dedicate a corner of the playroom to activities like finger painting and gluing, and put down easy to clean flooring in this area – or perhaps throughout the entire room.
Also, paint a portion of the playroom wall with chalkboard paint, and provide your budding artists with chalk. This way, they can draw on the walls all they want, and no damage will be done.
About The Author
Hi there, my name is Loren. I work at www.sofasofa.co.uk and I am a big fan of home styling. I like my home to be family friendly and I love play time! I also like somewhere comfortable to curl up and read at the end of the day though!