The playing experience for young children has drastically changed over the years. Parents who grew up outside of the city may remember sun-filled playtime in gardens ripe with plush greenness and ample space to run along as you pleased. However, for many children of the virtual, post-urbanization era, playing is nothing like it used to be. If you currently have a room that can be remodeled into a child’s haven for play and discovery, here are a few installations you can make to create a playroom atmosphere you desire.
With the increased health risks associated with being outside, unprotected, to play with other children, you may be wondering what you can do to occupy your child at home, in a manner they will enjoy and find beneficial in the long-term. Know how to use an empty room to create a playroom of your choice.
Storage Furniture Is Vital to Create a Playroom
The most challenging thing about playrooms is often keeping them in order. Without the right equipment, your child’s innocent playtime can turn into a nightmare of evening chores.
Instead, you’ll want to use shelving, cupboards, plush-toy boxes, and any other piece of furniture that can serve an organizational purpose to have every tool stored in their right place. The more straightforward the system, the easier it will be to motivate your child to tidy up after themselves and use the storage items available to them.
You will want to find storage furniture with different designs and colors, to serve different purposes without confusing you or your child (i.e., storing electric toys vs. teddies or dolls, and keeping play dough and leggo away from the space dedicated to plastic cars and children’s books).
Avoid Screens or Technology – Include Old School Accessories
Instead of installing a screen to fill up the wall or liven up the room, you may want to mount calendars, activity boards, traditional clocks, and drawing boards. This will help your child to “tap out” of the technological world they are increasingly steered towards and focus solely on their enjoyment.
It will also familiarize your child with a range of skills, such as reading the time or the date. These installations will also liven up the room without hardening it with cables, wires, or bright screens. You can choose to be a little fantasist with your clock selection and other accessories, as the more creative their design, the more they will pique your child’s interest.
Use Wall Murals to Tell a Story
Wall murals offer a modern twist to wallpaper, providing more engaging, realistic, and thematically creative designs. You can have a mural printed and stuck to your playroom walls, to tell virtually any story of your choosing.
From a Scandinavian design depicting stunning northern lakes to a jungle-themed print, you can find a mural for your child’s playroom that will be both visually appealing to you and stimulating to them.
Thick Carpeting and Rugs Will Protect Your Child from Falls
Even whilst playing indoors, it is imperative for your child to move about, use their energy and gain coordination. The less dangerous it is for them to fall, the more autonomy they will feel while playing, and the more rewarding and constructive of an experience it will be for them.
It will also allow them to be less anxious about falling or to crawl around without chapping their knees. Because the rug or carpeting will need to endure plenty of footsteps, toy wells and other possible stains, you’ll want to look for a darker tone, which can withstand healthy amounts of staining without looking old and unkempt. Earth tones can also help mimic sandpits, which your child may already be comfortable playing in.
Stock On Discount Stationery
Every back to school period sees plenty of school shopping discounts parents rarely take advantage of. However, stocking your child’s playroom with stationery such as pens, drawing and color pencils, markers, playdoh, drawing paper, glue and soft-edged scissors can make them feel confident, free, and excited to begin playing.
This extra stationery will also serve for playdates between your little one and their friends, providing ample resources for every child to enjoy themselves to the fullest. Stationery is cheaper when bought in bulk; therefore, you’ll want to consider online resources wholesaling, or trying to get rid of stock to save on your spending.