Why I set-up a play area for the kids

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.

BEFORE PHOTO (minus the books)
BEFORE PHOTO (minus the books)

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.
Ruby in cloud nine while playing with her kitchen.

 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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21 thoughts on “Why I set-up a play area for the kids

  • This is a great idea. Kids like having their own special places and it will definitely help keep the rest of your house tidier! #BestandWorst

    • ReimerandRuby

      Totally agree that kids love their own special places but I don’t know about keeping the rest of the house tidier, I thought it would help but I can still see their toys everywhere though, lol. Although their play area remained tidy which is the main thing. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Such a lovely idea and what a great use of space! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

    • ReimerandRuby

      Thank you! yep definitely a wonderful way to utilize empty space at home.

  • Really clever idea and a great use of space. I hope they make some wonderful memories in the new space 🙂

    • ReimerandRuby

      I would like to think that they will remember a lot of wonderful things being on that space when they grow up. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Fantastic idea! As you say kids love little nooks and hidey holes as they make a perfect play area / den! I bet they’ll have hours of fun here and it’s such a great use of otherwise wasted space!
    Thanks for sharing with #passthesauce x

    • ReimerandRuby

      So so true! a perfect way to use up wasted space… and making kids happy too! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Definitely agree that kids need their own space to play, so they feel like they are in control of something, and you can have some peace too.

    • ReimerandRuby

      I totally agree with some peace if they’re on their play area. And yeah they like how they call it their own. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Ahhh it’s lovely to have a space of their own and my two love this kitchen we have it in MM’s bedroom she is always wanting it out to play with. Cute little space to call their own. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I have enjoyed reading your blog posts and so grateful for you linking up. I hope you will continue to link up in the next few weeks as I had the reins over to the new Share With Me hostess and continue long after linking up with her too. #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      My two kids love this play kitchen too and they liked it placed in their play area, so accessible for them to play with. It’s a shame you’ll be passing it on to somebody else, but I would definitely carry on linking up whoever the new hostess will be. Thank you!

  • Seems like a great use of wasted space! I can’t wait to rearrange things when my girls get older so that they can share a room and play together. 🙂

    • ReimerandRuby

      Thank you… I think it’s nice when there’s a particular room where they can share toys and play together.

  • Aww… this is so lovely! Great use of empty space. Love the kitchen play set. I am trying to get a space organised for E&E too – but I just don’t have the time yet. So it is coming soon! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

    • ReimerandRuby

      I think it’s nice to have a play area for kids to share toys and play together. I’m looking forward to see your post about that. Thanks for dropping by!

  • That’s a really good idea & I’m sure it’s loads of fun for them! I love those things where people make a cupboard under the stairs into a playhouse by painting them & putting a window in, but it does require a fair bit of work & not needing your under stairs cupboard! I think your way is more practical for many! #fabfridaypost

    • ReimerandRuby

      I’m jealous how other get very creative with their under stairs cupboard… at the moment, I’m just using up what’s available at home as I’m still trying to test whether I’ll be keeping it for good which all depends on how often kids use the space. Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comment!

  • This is absolutely delightful, lucky children! Lovely to find you over at #MakingHome

  • I think it is great for them to have their own ‘little space’ no matter the size. It’s like an adventure to them and a little haven to call their own. Great idea and I love it! #MakingHome

    • ReimerandRuby

      So so true! They love their own little haven… Thanks for stopping by!

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