With everything changing and more children being at home, due to COVID19, we’re looking for more creative ways to keep them busy.
We believe a large part of this is creating a kids play area where they can play, learn and explore. So, we’ve put together a few tips to create a space, whether it’s a room or a space in another room, that gives them a dedicated area.
Keep it flexible
Make sure the area can fulfil several goals. At the moment, we’re trying to create spaces that are both great for homeschooling but also play. For homeschooling, you will need some critical essentials like a desk. Why not try a foldaway table that you can get out when needed and fold away if they want more floor space for playing.
Ensure nothing is a fixed feature; using things that can be moved around the space to create different environments is vital. Also, if the weather is great outside, get it out in a shady spot for a change of environment.
Comfort is key
Is there anything worse than sitting on an uncomfortable chair all day long at work? It’s the same for children. Uncomfortable chairs will mean they fidget and want to get up and about instantly. Choose seats in your kids play area that feel great to sit in and maybe even try an additional beanbag for reading—giving them a variety of ways to choose how they enjoy the space.
Does it make them happy?
Above all, happiness has to be one of the most critical factors. Ask your child what they want in there and what they would like on the walls and to help make it feel like their space. We love these posters by Michelle Carlslund for creating fun spaces.
Create a distinct space
Add decor and small rugs so, you can ensure that the space is visible it’s for their use. Try one of these cute bear and tiger rugs, to make a great space divider and keeping the area fun to use.
Make tidying easy
Storage will be vital to any kids play area you create. Use baskets and boxes, so everything is easily put away at the end of a day. Bohemia has created a lovely range of woven wicker baskets that come in lots of sizes. Therefore, they’re perfect to put everything away at the end of the day.
Light and airy is the best
Choose the space carefully, one that is going to have lots of natural light. A recent study of adult workers in natural light showed an 84% drop in problems like headaches and eyestrain due to reduced fatigue. Plus, more natural daylight will increase their Vitamin D, which is vital for growth and health.
Another factor is airflow – choose an open area, to avoid stuffy stale warm air. We all know that working in stuffiness makes you tired and irritable, whereas fresh air keeps you awake and make you happier.