Our Playroom Tour // 3 Play Zones Every Kid Needs

Our Playroom Tour // 3 Play Zones Every Kid Needs


(upbeat music) – [Voiceover] The Parenting Junkie. – Hey guys, welcome back
to The Parenting Junkie, the place to go to love parenting and for parenting from love. Today I’m going to take you on a tour of my own personal space, or my kids play spaces, really. Following my Simplicity Playroom and the 10 Toys to Get Rid of Now video, a lot of you have asked
me if I would share tips for how to design a play space. You may not know that I am a designer as well as a parenting coach. I have tidied up a little bit. All right, a lot. Who am I kidding? This is actually kind of true to what it usually looks like around here. You have to keep in mind that the play space that
I’m showing you today is one that I fell into or designed into through our own personal likes and needs. My kids are two and four. You’ll see for this age group and you’ll also see how I’ve
made the space work for us in terms of us living in
a two bedroom apartment and what we feel works well for us. Obviously I would design this differently in different spaces. What I do want to share with you today is an exciting idea that
I’m formulating currently, which is about which
zones one needs in a home when you have little kids, both for their play, zones that are conducive to
healthy, independent play, and zones that are conducive to healthy, parental stress reduction. Yay, stress reduction for parents. That is what we’re all about. I’m going to share them with you. Here it goes. Basically you have three zones. Let’s go take a look. The messy zone is really a
place where kids can get messy, get their hands dirty, work on projects. This is a place for art, for sensory play, for sewing, for projects
that are more complicated as they grow older such as
woodwork or electronics. In our home, we like to
keep a lot of materials out and available all the time. The materials that you’re
seeing now are just the basics so that our kids always feel
that they’re invited to create at any moment. We keep this in that kind of organizer. These are these amazing jelly beads. If you don’t know about
them, check them out. They’re apparently completely non-toxic. They grow in water. They’re very fun for
sensory and water play. Kids of all ages love it and it keeps them absorbed for hours. Play-Doh, of course, a favorite. Felt and sewing if your
kids are up to that stage or just felt and cutting. We like to put in some natural items. Stickers. Clay, air-dry clay here. This is a really cool
project called Teifoc bricks which we’ve been working on together. We like to have those for rainy days. Some Fimo and plasticine. Then you can also put out
things like rice, pasta, beans, dry sensory play like that as well. Another really fun one is kinetic sand. It’s absolutely amazing. It costs a lot so check out
recipes for making it yourself. It’s sand that doesn’t get everywhere and doesn’t make a huge mess. I like to keep it in a Tupperware
box so it doesn’t dry out but it theoretically never dries out. Then it’s also really important to display the current projects
that you’re working on so that you show your child
that these are important and valuable and they can enjoy the
fruits of their labor. The quiet zone is all about
creating a cozy space. This is a space where you can hide, you can be in a soft area. There are pillows, there are books. There’s a tent or blankets to hide in. We put our dressing up box here as well, just some scarves and some old items. It seems to work well with the tent, with that kind of atmosphere. This is where we store our library books. We like to have a dedicated place so that we know where
our library books are and just the books that we’re
currently interested in. I don’t like to overload
with a million books on offer all the time,
so we store the rest. This is just a place to be cuddly. Sometimes is a pillow fighting and rough housing space as well. It’s important to keep
the lighting in this space very warm and low, especially if it’s where you do bed time and where you get ready
for unwinding as we do. This is really also a
place that kids can go to to calm down when they’re upset. You can use it as a place
for intimate conversation and cuddling. Play zone is really a skills
and concentration zone. You want to keep it really tidy and neat so don’t have too many items that you can’t store, especially if this is an adult space, it’s nice to display items that
are pleasing to you as well. The types of toys we have here are Playmobil which we
bought secondhand on eBay, got a whole bunch of that, blocks are classic. Got dolls and dolls house. We try to keep everything gender neutral and we try not to duplicate
the types of toys that we have. Then if you have tiny little bits, you want to have a storage system for that that’s manageable. Here’s trains, for example,
love those wooden trains. Lots of fun. Audiobooks is something
that we keep on offer here instead of videos. Here’s some more animals. Aren’t they cute? Another thing is empty containers. Just some white space. Kids love some empty boxes as well. This is our kitchen area, which we like to put in some
items from our actual kitchen and switch out the things
that are on offer there. Magna-Tiles is an absolute favorite. It’s such a fantastic toy. It’s quite the investment, but
we found it to be worth it. This is our dolls house which we love because it can also be a
garage or stool or table or a million other things. Here we have just a fun
basket with some noise makers and rattles and drums and
flutes and that type of thing. This is our music corner, which is lots of fun as well. This is a storage bag for Lego. I’m a big fan of Lego, but as you know it can
get absolutely everywhere and be hard to play with
when it’s in a bucket so this is a genius invention. You just open in out flat like that and you can access all the pieces. Even though our kids are kind of young, they do enjoy Lego already
which is lots of fun, but cleaning up, not so much. This bag makes it really manageable. Another thing that we
have is occasional toys that I keep in storage and we
bring out from time to time, rainy days like this box of magnets, which I’ll bring out or some items that aren’t toys which are often the ultimate favorites. I like this old typewriter from Etsy. One other trick that I
have is a travel toy bag so any little knickknacks that you have, cheap toys, toys that you get for free or just toys that don’t
really have a home, I keep them in this bag and when we have a doctor’s appointment, a flight, a long drive, we grab a few of the toys from here. It’s really great because the kids haven’t
seen it in a while because I don’t care if
it gets lost or broken. This is a really useful
thing for those times when you need something to
entertain them for a little bit. Cool, so another thing I
want to mention to you guys is that we have a box, just a big plastic box, and whenever I see that
a toy is going stale, kind of like a house sitting
on the market for too long and no one’s taking interest, I whip it away and I put it in that box for two months, three months, until I feel like it has new life again. My kids might be interested in it again. This is a way of reducing the
amount of toys that we buy, of reinvigorating their interest
in the toys that we have, and it works like a gem. I know that for a lot of you, your basement is going
to be your play space. That is absolutely fine. You can easily make a gorgeous, wonderful, inviting basement play space. Not only do we not have a basement now, but even if we did, I
would keep my play space on the same floor in the same area, close to the kitchen and the lounge, where I’m going to be
spending most of my time for a couple of reasons. First of all, my kids are still very young and they like to have me close by. Even if I’m not engaging with them, they just see me reading in the corner or working in the kitchen, and they’re much more at ease. They don’t keep coming looking for me. Even in our two bedroom apartment when I just go over to the next bedroom, they often disconnect from
their engaged state of play to come and find me. For me, that works much better. The second is I really
believe in natural light. I think natural light is
such an important part of making a space pleasant
and inviting and healthy. Light and air is important to me. Consider those things when you decide where you want to put your play space, whether it should be in the basement or if you can find a corner
that makes sense closer to you if that’s the type of home you have. I so hope you loved this video. If you did, it would be
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love and loving parenting because your children need you almost as much as you need them. See you next time, bye. (upbeat music) – [Voiceover] The Parenting Junkie.