Help stimulate your child’s mind and engage their spirit of learning by creating an inspired play space for them to enjoy.
Here are a few ideas for creating the ultimate playroom for your child.
Open up the space
- Wherever you choose to create a play space for your child, make sure to allow plenty of room so they can move around easily.
- Move boxes and bins of toys or other play gear off to the side and against a wall.
- Clear out the clutter and keep the space organized with designated shelves and cupboards. This will help teach your child to tidy up after themselves as well as create a usable play space.
Make it inviting
- Opt for child-size playroom furniture to make it more kid-friendly.
- Store toys and activities low so it’s easy for little hands to get the things they want.
- If you have a hard floor surface such as tile or hardwood, consider adding a soft rug or a foam play mat to help make your child more comfortable.
- Have sufficient lighting, and whenever possible, have a natural light source nearby.
- Use colour to enhance the mood of the playroom. Choose a mellow orange to help boost your child’s creativity or a soft yellow to make it feel homey. Avoid such overstimulating colours as bright yellow and red, and stay clear of light- or medium-toned pink, which has an ultra-relaxing and calming effect.
Ensure it’s safe
- Depending on the ages of the children using the playroom, use child safety products to help keep them safe.
- Use electrical outlet covers and childproof latches on doors and cupboards if necessary.
- Remove breakables from the playroom.
- Opt for overhead lighting instead of lamps.
- Keep your child safe from the hazards of blinds by removing the loop and using a breakaway device at the ends of any cords. Keep the cords wrapped around a hook that’s out of little hands’ reach.
Create specialty areas
Keep the playroom interesting by designing specific fun-learning centres. Here are a few centres to consider:
- An art centre. Let your child’s creative spirit shine! Have an art table or an easel ready to use, and stock up on craft, painting and other art supplies.
- A comfy reading area — all it takes is an inviting chair or sofa, throw pillows, proper lighting and a good assortment of books that are geared toward your child’s interests.
- A dress-up play station. Remember the fun of dressing-up? Encourage that in your child by having various hats, props, clothes, shoes and the like ready for playtime.
- A fort or playhouse. Half the fun is playing in it, the other half is building one!
Keep it fresh with room to grow
- Children can grow tired of playing with the same toys over and over again, so keep the playroom dynamic by having the toys on a rotation schedule to prevent boredom.
- Keep your child interested by modifying the playroom to adjust to the child’s age and interests. Replace outdated themes with new favourites.
- Use classic pieces of furniture and storage design to help ease the transition from toddler to school-age child and beyond.
A few other things
- When you don’t have the resources to create an entire playroom, designate a small area of the family or living room instead.
- Keep your child nearby. Kids love to be close to their parents, so make sure to play with them often, and have the play area close to a room where they’ll likely find you, such as the kitchen.
- Show your child how proud you are of them by decorating the space with their homemade crafts and pictures.