They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In essence, this means that you should allow the little one enough time to play, which is essential for their mental and physical development. But, with play comes a certain level of noise and disturbance that you may not necessarily to have to put with.
If you want to keep toys from sprawling your living space, you should consider creating a designated space for the toddler to play. A playroom will not only offer enough space for your child to experiment with stuff, but also teach them how to keep boundaries.
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Here’s a breakdown on how to create a playroom for toddlers without spending lots of cash.
Come Up With a Partitioning Plan
How do you intend to use the available space? Will the playroom be within your main room or will you designate a new area altogether?
Whenever possible, use a new room because it offers the luxury to get creative. Ample space allows you to experiment with a host of stuff from building stairs to using big cushions and big toys. In other words, the larger the area, the easier it is to get creative. If you don’t have an empty room, you could as well use the garage and turn it into an internal playroom with an assortment of possibilities.
What if you don’t have an extra room or a garage for that matter? Well, you can make a mini play area and make sure it’s distinctively different from the rest of the house. Place items in a specific way so that the little one knows the boundaries. Just ensure that there’s enough space for the child to roll around, play games, lie down and stretch out.
Select a Theme for the Playroom
Choosing a theme/color of your playroom is relatively easy, but there’s a catch – involve your toddler so you can select a theme that is in line with their preferences. You child may want items arranged in a particular order, like certain cartoons and comic heroes. If your kid doesn’t have an idea of what they would want, you can settle for a feminine or masculine theme. You may also choose to go with neutral colors. Avoid anything fancy if you or the kid has no idea on the right theme.
Bring In a Plethora of Toys
The playroom will be more fun if the kid has an assortment of toys to play with. While all the toys may not fit in the play area at once, be sure to rotate them once in a while. You can, for instance, rotate them on a weekly or monthly basis depending on how often your kid uses the playroom. The idea behind having a variety of toys and alternating them is to make sure that the little one doesn’t get bored and that they will always have a reason to visit the playroom.
Designate a “Cuddly” Area within the Playroom
Ensure that the playroom has a couple of soft items such as teddy bears, bean bags, and soft blankets. These will make sure that the young one has a place to vent their frustration whenever they’re upset or when they want to rest. A bulletin board with various colors and shapes is also an excellent choice to keep the toddler on a schedule. The important thing to remember is that numbers and letters work well with school going children while shapes and colors are ideal for younger kids.
Include Wooden or Plastic Cubes in the Playroom
Having some plastic or wooden cubes in the play area will help bring in more possibilities in the room. Apart from being decorative, the boxes can also act as storage space. Besides the toddler can use them to make lodges, set up seats and chair or anything else they’d think of. In essence, these are meant to help develop the young one’s imagination.
Repeated studies show that play is an integral part of a toddler’s early development. And at the tender age, you wouldn’t ordinarily allow them to play outside the house if for anything to avoid the risk of injury. With a playroom, however, the kid can still experience all the fun while developing in various aspect. The ideas above will certainly give you a good place to start.