Some of the most formative moments of a child’s life will occur within his or her personal play space. As each child is learning and growing – taking in new information on a moment-by-moment basis – their surroundings will have a huge impact on their minds. Therefore, creating a play space that will inspire creativity and pique imagination is essential. Below are five tips that will get you started as you seek to create a space in which your child can thrive.
1. Decorate creatively.
This is the fun part of setting up a playroom for your child! Be sure to incorporate lots of color into your child’s playroom. Also, it is a great idea to choose art that represents different styles or cultures, giving your child a taste of different parts of the world. However, decorating does not have to be pricey. Handmade decorations can be a great way to spice up the room. Let your child experience their own creativity by hanging up crafts that they have made. Also, reusing old decorations from an event (such as a birthday party) provides a fun, low-cost option for playroom decorations.
2. Utilize easy-to-reach organizers.
This will help the organizational skills of both you and your child. Put shelves, drawers, or baskets within easy reach of your child so that they can access toys (and put toys away) without your help. Each organizer should be clearly marked so that the child can know where to put each toy. You don’t have to be too picky about where things should go, but the playroom should have a general order. Children are happier and far more ready to use their creativity when their play space is tidy. An organized system will help you keep your sanity as well.
3. Use toys that require the use of imagination.
While watching TV may keep your child quiet, it essentially deadens the imagination. Hands-on toys such as a play kitchen, dress-ups, picture books, and building blocks provide a far better option to keep your child busy. Toys that incorporate any kind of designing, creating or building are especially awesome. They will enhance your child’s creativity by forcing them to use their mind as they play. By teaching your child to enjoy playing with toys or games like these, you will do them a huge favor in the long run.
4. Buy an easel and colored pencils.
While your child’s scribbles might seem totally pointless to you, drawing is hugely formative in the development of their creativity. Providing a place where your child can draw (and encouraging drawing) is one of the best things you can do for them. Though an easel is a great place where a child can access drawing materials whenever they want to, it doesn’t have to be this fancy. Simple pieces of paper (you can give them old scrap paper) and pencils, markers, or crayons will work just as well!
5. Incorporate diversity.
This is an important step in building your child’s character, even though they may not realize it. When choosing toys for your child’s playroom, find ones that make use of diversity. You might choose several different-looking dolls, not just dolls that look like your kid. Toy sets containing human-like pieces (such as Lego sets) should be diverse. This will not only spark your child’s imagination but will instill in them an attitude of acceptance. You might even try incorporating different languages into your child’s play space. It can be enriching for both you and your child!
In the end, designing a playroom for your child can be an experience that is creatively inspiring for you as well! It can also be a great opportunity to work together with your child, as you attempt to incorporate his or her desires. Give your child a sense of ownership by allowing them to help you. Your child’s play space will form who they become, so let the designing process be fun for both of you!