1.LocationThe first step in creating the ideal play space is choosing the space itself. Where in the house has the room to construct such a thing? If you don’t think there’s anywhere you could put a play area without invading living areas too much, consider turning your back patio into a sun room. Sun rooms are spacious, airy, let lots of light in and are perfect for building a play area in. Speak to a professional or specialist like Additions Building for more information.
2. SafetyOnce you know where you’re going to put everything, the task becomes about making sure your kids are going to be safe in there. Make sure doors and windows have locks that are secure but you can still access them in case the kids try to lock themselves in. Accidents will happen, because children are experts at personal injury, but being aware of and minimizing potential risks can save a lot of headaches.
3. StorageYou’re going to want to be able to keep the new play area tidy when the kids aren’t using it, so having adequate storage is going to be key. Putting your toys away is a chore though, so make it part of the game by providing storage options that are toys themselves. Decorated toy boxes are easy to come by and can become a veritable treasure chest when bestowed upon an imaginative kid.
4. Know Your AudienceSpeaking of imaginative kids, what are yours like? Are they boisterous or quiet? Are they active or artistic? Do they like getting their hands dirty? Though this all seems glaringly obvious, many parents seem to have a “one of everything” mentality. Tailoring the area and the things within it to the kids who will be using it will keep you from filling it with expensive toys they’ll never use or enjoy.
5. ActivitiesContinuing on from the last point, once you’ve figured out the sort of things your kid is into, you can start choosing the sort of toys and activities with which to fill the space. If your kids are more creative then you would focus on things like building, music, problem solving. If they’re more active then look for things that keep them moving - a few balls, a skipping rope, even a small slide or set of swings if they’ll fit.
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