How to Create the Perfect Children’s Playroom
Every parent knows the struggle of keeping children entertained during the colder months. Sadly, playing outside is often just not an option. We often resort to giving them tablets or turning the TV on. A lot of the apps / programs we watch are educational, however we don’t want to always rely on technology. Therefore, if you have enough space in your home, a great solution to this is to create a special playroom! We have spent the last couple of weeks turning Sophie’s nursery into a ‘big girl’ bedroom & playroom. It is a place where she can let her imagination run wild and learn to make her own fun!
If you’re thinking of designing or redecorating a playroom for your toddler or child, take a look at these ideas for creating a space that will keep them entertained for hours.
Let them Choose the Design
One of the easiest ways to design a room that your child will want to spend time in is to let them join in with choosing the décor. Allowing them to have input on the colour scheme, furniture and artwork will make them feel involved. It will also create an environment that they are happy to be in alone, providing that it is completely safe. We spent the day shopping with Sophie, picking out bits that she liked & looking at her favourite colours. Although you might be surprised with what they choose, it’s important not to dismiss their ideas. It’s probably worth spending some time negotiating with them as going against what they want may result in a room that they don’t won’t want to spend time in.
Agreeing to let your child decide on the design of their playroom can sometimes lead to discussions about what is ‘gender appropriate’. As this is something that has come up a lot in the news recently, it’s a good idea to read up about the subject and try not to react negatively if your son wants to decorate the room pink or your daughter wants a play mat from the so-called ‘boys’ section’. Many shops are now changing the layout of their children’s sections and removing the ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ signs, encouraging children to play with any toys they like. After all, children are happiest when they’re able to do what they enjoy.
Create the Perfect Environment
The key to creating a playroom where children can entertain themselves is to reduce their reliance on screens and other forms of electronic entertainment. To truly encourage their imaginations to flourish, try to avoid putting screens in your child’s playroom and limit their access to electronics throughout the day. Doing so will allow them to interact more with their environment and become more curious and imaginative when playing with physical toys.
As your home may not be large enough to have a separate playroom, it may be that you need to create a play area in your living room or kitchen. This can present challenges when it comes to clutter and keeping your child safe, but there are ways to make it work. A simple way of counteracting clutter is to incorporate some clever storage solutions, however if you really want to create a separate play area you could section off part of your living space. This allows your child to have their own space to play in, while also having you close by to keep an eye on them.
Sharing a Playroom
Sharing a playroom is often necessary with twins and siblings and, while it can cause conflict, it is also the perfect opportunity to encourage sharing and cooperative play. One idea is to have different storage areas within the room, giving each child a place to store their own toys and also having a communal toy box. This will reduce the chances of conflict and also encourage them to play together naturally. When it comes to decorating the room, you could ask them to come up with a design together. Then work out a way of incorporating each of their ideas so that everyone is happy.
Play with Lighting
The right lighting can completely change the mood of a room. Although you want your child’s room to be bright during the day, in the evening the ability to transform it into a relaxing space is invaluable in helping them to wind down for bed. Exploring lighting options for children can help you to come up with some ideas, and many lighting designers now offer attractive night lights for children, often in the shape of their favourite cartoon characters. Whatever design you choose, make sure you have the option of bringing the lighting level down low, reducing sensory stimulation and helping your child to get in the mood for sleep.
**How to Create the Perfect Children’s Playroom is a collaborative post