Creating a play space for your child is so much fun! Our little ones learn and grow so fast and it is our job to make a safe and interesting play space just for them. There are so many creative ways to set up a playroom or play space and I am going to share my top 5 tips!
You do not have to have a bonus room or a really large space to be able to create an environment for your child to feel safe, creative and inspired. All you need is space that they can call their own. An environment where play can take place. Giving them this type of space allows them to take ownership of what is theirs and gives them a sense of independence to manage what belongs to them.
As I started organizing my son’s playroom I kept a few things in mind. One, assessing the size of the space that I have available to me. Two, the different themes of toys that he has acquired. Three, how my little one would be able to access his toys to play and to put them away. Four, making the space safe, and five, creating a space that was inviting and interesting for him to be in.
1. Assess the Space
The corner of a room is a great place to create a space for your child. A corner is a great place for a round rug to add a soft touch and mark the space that is your child’s. In a corner you can utilize vertical space. Wall bookshelves are great for housing books and/or a small 4 block cube can be used to set toys and activities inside. Making these things visible and accessible will help your child engage. You could also use a small table that your child can stand and play as well with a basket that slides underneath.
A spare room that can be used as a playroom is a great option as well. Here you have more freedom to put things in different corners and add a bigger rug for them to play on. No matter how big the space having small zones can help teach your child where things go and encourage play.
Also, note that the area above is usually his “tool zone” where he can find his tinkering toys. In this photo it is being used as a coloring station. We just took the tools off the table and taped down some paper to color. You can multi-purpose zones!
Making zones for your little one can be one great way to make playing not only fun, but teach them skills of where things belong.
Another must that I love to organize in and has been in every playroom I have organized is “the cube,” as I call it. The Threshold Organizer Shelf comes in 4 cubes, 6 cubes and 8 cubes so it is good for any size space and it is affordable and so easy to put together. I use the cube to change out toys for Jack so that he can engage with different toys and activities. Once he looses interest and stops playing with a toy I change it out then change it back, and the cycle continues.
I am still adding to my list and every time I find a gem I link it for you so you can always come back here for suggestions and recommendations. Please email me with any questions that you have about your playroom or the toys that I have listed. Most all my toys come from Amazon because I can read reviews and they just have SO MUCH that stores don’t carry! All of the toys make amazing gifts as well! You can find them below in “Shop My Amazon Products” button.