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We used to have toys all over the house. It really got on my nerves. I decided the kids needed a space meant just for toys, so we decided to turn one of their rooms into a playroom.
Since we had two bedrooms for the kids, we moved the boys both into one room and deemed the extra, larger space, the playroom.
The whole process was a lot of work, but I am so excited it is finished and I get to share it with you! Because this post is long and detailed with tons of pictures, I have split it into a few pages for you so it is much easier to follow. The first will have the overview, then the following two will each go into more detail on two of the walls, so you can see closeups and descriptions of everything in the room. Just hit the “continue reading” button when you are ready to visit the next page.
Pssst…there’s a video of the room reveal and the boys demonstrating/playing with everything on the last page of the post.
First, I want to share with you our playroom “before” pictures. Okay, so I don’t really feel like sharing with you, because the disaster that was is rather embarrassing, but it’s true life and I wanted you to see. Due to a lack of organization and the fact that the toys were in the bedroom and easily accessed, the room was always a mess. Talk about a safety hazard. That just wouldn’t do.
Here’s what the playroom looks like now.
You may notice there are NO BOOKS in our playroom. A lot of playrooms have books, so why doesn’t ours? I have nothing against books, in fact, we have tons of them. How I see it, the playroom is for playing, so that is just what I want them to do. I decided to keep this room for active play. They can throw soft balls (let me specify, not softballs…) around, run, jump, (climb, swing…apparently). We decided it was best to move the books into the bedroom, the place where they can cool down and enjoy calm and quiet.
Each section of the room has a specific theme/purpose. This helps the kids to know exactly where everything goes and helped me to purge some of our unneeded toys that did not have a “spot” to go.
While I love to paint, I did not do much painting on the walls as we are renting and hope to move soon. Instead, I tried to keep it clean and add color throughout the playroom in other ways. You may notice that almost everything is on the lower half of the room, too. This was intentional! I will admit I don’t know a ton about Montessori principles, but I do know a little and one thing that is recommended is keeping everything lower at the child’s level. I also tried to keep things organized–a place for everything–and incorporated some hands-on sensory activities (I am hoping to add more subtle sensory areas later.). I did hang a few things higher up to fill the room more and add some interest and whimsy.
My intentions with this playroom were to not only make it an amazingly exciting play area for my kids (and for myself–because I enjoy playing with them in there and watching them play), but also to encourage self-learning. As they play, they can learn a variety of skills–some they know they are learning and some they don’t even realize they are learning. I have included activities and sections that encourage:
- Motor skills
- Fine motor skills
- Life skills
- The arts
- Math, engineering, and problem solving
- Hospitality/Service to others
- Social skills
Love the artwork? Want to see it closer up and find out how to get your own? Read my playroom sneak peek post.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the features in this playroom!
I won’t go through all of them in detail, but don’t worry, I will be sharing tutorials for several of them over time.
Keep reading to get the deets on the final two walls of the kids room.