Creating a play and creative space for your kids in your home is important for both the kids and you. Having a space to play and be creative helps little minds grow and keeps your kids occupied. If you have a designated playroom, you are ahead of the game. If you have to carve out a play area in the family room or kids’ bedrooms, you face a little more of a challenge.
Having a play and creative zone that is not in the kids’ rooms can contain the clutter and chaos that comes with crafts and toys. Depending on the size of your family room or living room, you may be able to set aside part of the room as the play zone. The key to designing and creating a play zone is storage. Storage, storage and more storage will keep the toys and craft supplies from taking over your room.
If you have little crawlers and toddlers, you’ll want to have a soft surface underfoot for falls and tumbles. This can be colorful rubber mats, carpet squares, or even a few layers of area rugs. Creating a safe place to play is important. Poufs are great for the play area since they are easily portable and can be used as seating.
For crafting, a floor cover to protect your carpet or hardwood from glue and paint is a must. This can be a simple drop cloth, tarp or plastic sheet. You’ll want something that is easy to fold up and wash after the crafts are over.