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4 Responses to Planning for Play

  1. Marci

    You have one lucky little boy! Have fun planning and creating the playroom. Very exciting. Maybe you could included a chalkboard wall, easily done with chalkboard paint. Maybe you could also paint a pegboard a nice color and add buckets, etc. for some vertical storage. Here’s some awesome ideas: http://iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com/search/label/playroom
    The apple tree/ladder made me think of you!

  2. Laura  

    We have a play area upstairs in the living room that houses a toybox (that just got weeded out), the train table and a bookcase. Plus, I have a bin for the library books. I keep the art supplies upstairs right now so he can create either with supervision or by himself at the kitchen table while I’m working on supper. I’m still looking to add to our seasonal book collections so that as things change, I can swap out books that are more educational in nature, but still age appropriate.

    We have a full basement, so I’ve set up one corner with child-sized table and chairs, puzzles, toys and blocks. Then, on the side that is empty, we have the soccer net and his ride-on toys. I brought in his slide and it spends time where ever we need it (up or downstairs) along with the trampoline. Additions for the basement I’m hoping to work on this winter are a play kitchen with felt foods and then an art wall with a chalk board and a white board. I’d like to add in a felt board somewhere so we can use it when we do “school”.

    I’ve starting doing “tot school” with Liam and the more I look for things to do with him, the more I lean toward the Waldorf/Montessori model of education. He already sits at the table in a chair and not a booster and uses the adult silverware and cups. We are currently working on the kitchen and when the cupboards are done, I’m planning to have one set up with all the kids’ dishes and cups and a basket with silverware.

    I love to watch Liam play and I’m so excited to see what Sylvi brings to the table, so to speak. She’s much for adventurous and active than he is, so it should be fun!

  3. Gretchen  

    We don’t have a designated play room right now – our current space won’t allow. But, we’re going to be building a house soon and I can’t wait! You have some awesome ideas!

    Right now we have play stations in each room – a box or basket that Jemma can unpack and explore wherever we are. My parents also built her a play tent that fits perfectly in the corner of our living room – http://thatmamagretchen.blogspot.com/2011/09/jemmas-tent.html

  4. Lauren  

    I wish we had room for a playroom! You’ve got great ideas. Right now we’ve transformed our dining nook into a play space and moved our dining into the living room. We’ve also cut down on toys (and keep meaning to do more) and have realized how many toys can be shared communally — like ride-on toys at indoor play gyms at the community centers — so we don’t feel as deprived without the big stuff.

    Losing our dining area felt weird to me at first, but now I’m so glad we gave our kids a little space that’s just their own and designed for them. We have a little area rug, a little table and chairs from Ikea, and a bookshelf with books and bins of toys though we’d like to think of a better way of displaying them without looking cluttery so Mikko knows what’s there to play with.