Play area… why I set one up for the kids? Well, kids are known to have the innate to conquer one’s home since the day they are born. They inadvertently rule the house, create havoc and even put parents under their spell using their little charms so they’ll get what they want. Worst of all, they consider the whole house as their huge play area. I would say most parents can totally relate to this dilemma to say the least. Hence, having a play area so I assumed is a way of resolving this issue and keeping the sanity between all family members.
We have this space under the stairs which remained empty with no function or usage at all. Sometimes it ended up with piles of rubbish boxes waiting to be sent to the Recycle Centre. Most of the time, it’s also used as dumping site for shoes as we can’t be bothered to put it in the cupboard where the shoe rack is found. Basically, it’s a wasted space. Isn’t it a good spot as a play area? Thus, I went for the idea. Their Dad was doubtful about it knowing Reimer and Ruby can really be messy with toys but that doesn’t hinder me at all because mess can be tidied anytime anyway.
Why I set-up a play area for the kids?
When I was a kid, I also enjoyed role playing.. we all do, aren’t we? and I know my kids loved it too. Although Reimer and Ruby played a lot of imaginative plays whilst at childminders but not too much at home because they mostly played on their own toys in their respective rooms. Having a play area, would make both of them coexist, share and play toys together and bond more. That’s my main reason for doing so.
Apart from that, play area is a perfect place where kids can find refuge to while adults are entertaining guests and having some adult conversations. It’s a place for them to watch their own television show repeatedly without having to annoy the adults. A place to keep themselves occupied, to find pleasure and learn at the same time. Another good thing when play area is situated downstairs, kids can still feel that they’re part of the family scene and not left out like being upstairs themselves in their bedroom.
How did I set-up kids play area?
I have seen a lot of play area inspiration in the internet where I was spoiled most at Pinterest. Of course, it all depends on the size of space that needed transformation. In our case, the space under the stairs is rather cramped and realistically with awkward shape. However, kids finds fiddly areas exciting and interesting, so why not give it a try?!
Utilizing the resources I’ve got at home, this is how our play area came up with. It doesn’t look as appealing as the ones I saw on Pinterest though but it’s amazing enough for my kids which all that matters. I’m sure there will be changes to it in the future but at the moment, this is how it’s achieved.
So here goes:
- Books are arranged in the ledge that’s projecting from the wall which means all the books are in one area now rather than each of them have their own bookshelves in their rooms.
- Five Star Dome Tent has been put up which is part of Ruby’s birthday gift from The Entertainer Toy Shop. Not as sturdy but hopefully won’t get ruined so soon.
- Small television is also available as entertainment for them.
- Snowdrop Interactive Play kitchen from Plum Play which I bought for Ruby’s birthday
- They both picked up blankets of their choice for their tent.
Overall, Reimer and Ruby are so over the moon with their new play area. They have been in and out of it most of the day. They have been comfy and cozily lying in their tent, while watching their favorite TV show. They certainly found heaps of fun with it. I hope the novelty of it won’t wear off too soon. And that they’ll cherish it and value the space they’ve got.
Have you got play area at home for your kids too?
Do you think having a play area for the kids is worthwhile?
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