This post is by regular contributor Tricia Hogbin of Little Eco Footprints.
We don’t have a single dedicated play space in our home. I prefer having little child-sized play spaces scattered throughout and aim to create a home where spaces appeal to adults and children alike. Sharing spaces make it easier for us to share time and connect. For example, my daughter enjoys drawing and paper crafting at her desk in the corner of our kitchen (shown above) while I cook or wash the dishes.
Keeping play spaces uncluttered and simple helps them to blend into our family space. The child-sized table and chairs in our lounge room has a magical ability to take on many forms. Sewing table, play dough space, supermarket check-out, doctor’s desk, jigsaw puzzle table, space to build with blocks, or a quiet space to read. It’s been them all at one time or another. This little table is one of my favourite spaces to strew.
I find that choosing vintage items helps me feel comfortable about having toys in our living area. This corner of our lounge room regularly changes form. At the moment it’s a dolls corner, complete with a mini kitchen hutch, cot and pram.
I keep the top of the adjacent entertainment unit clear, freeing it up to be incorporated into play. It’s regularly used as a doll change table.
Storing toys away when not in use helps to keep our living area uncluttered. Dolls clothes live neatly hidden away in a vintage suitcase.
Before it was a dolls corner, the space was a mini child-sized lounge room. Having child-sized furniture sends the message to children that they are welcome in this space.
One space that never changes is the painting table on our veranda. I like the idea of my daughter being able to paint whenever she likes. A basket of paint brushes and paints live on the table and her smock and paper are stored in an accessible space nearby. A dolls-clothes line provides a space to hang paintings to dry.
Inspired by Immy’s book corner, we recently set up a little library in a corner of our daughter’s bedroom.
Including two bookshelves creates a cosy child-size space. Our daughter loves this tiny space and promptly declared it a ‘kids-only area’.
How about your home? Are toys kept in one or two dedicated play spaces or scattered throughout the home?
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