Our home is our little sanctuary and I love nothing more than curating a play space that my children can spend hours playing imaginary games in.
I first realised the true importance of space when we began our life as expats. My husbands career means that we travel to different countries every couple of year and that does make it difficult to put down roots. The vast majority of our furniture isn’t ours and our houses are always rented, so to make them cosy and ‘homely’ I started to place a big emphasis on our home environment.
As parents of young children, we do spend a lot of time at home which means that our play space is where my children spend most of THEIR time. Environment is also considered ‘the third teacher’ in Reggio philosophy, making it doubly important in my opinion.
The Summer Play Space Tour
For me, preparing the play space for summer is an important task. With the long summer break on the horizon, my middle child will be home from school and spending more time in the play space too!
In addition, now that my youngest child is growing up (he turned 4 in April), I wanted to make some big changes to the space to make it more appropriate for their growing needs.
So why do I think play spaces are particularly important in summer?
Well, I don’t believe that children need 24/7 entertainment and I don’t believe that a non-stop schedule during the summer is the answer. In order to help my children play independently, the play space needs to be an area where they can access items easily and let their imaginations run wild.
The biggest change has been swapping out the white IKEA kallax shelves for the wooden book cases in my eldest sons room. We all prefer the change! I can put a wider variety of items on the shelves for my youngest two children and my eldest son can display more of his favourite books and Lego creations.
If you’re looking for some of our IKEA play space favourites, you can read about them here.
Play Space Zones
I’ve aimed to maintain specific zones in the play space despite the change of furniture. This includes:
- open shelves for toys
- a role play corner
- a sensory table
- an art corner
- invitation to play table (just out of photo)
Creating play space zones helps keep toys and other items in their dedicated spaces. It also makes it easier to tidy up after play too!
More small world resources!
Now that my children are growing older, there has been an increase in small world play and dramatic play. To help facilitate their focused play, I have introduced a small fairy house with felt dolls. a wooden castle play set and moved the Schleich play sets from my daughters room into the main play space.
Toys on Permanent Display
Some toys will always be on display, no matter how old my children get. Blocks are a permanent fixture along with our connetix tiles and ball run. I can guarantee that these toys will get played with every single day as they are just so versatile!
You can read more about some of our favourite toys here.
Art Cart Rotation
We moved away from planned crafts years ago and never looked back! They made me stressed and the kids didn’t exactly enjoy them. In place of that, we have our beloved art cart which we rotate every month or so.
To ensure that everything is ready for the summer, i’ve stocked up the cart with paint sticks, watercolours, play dough, beads and glue so that the children can get creative without it having to be an ordeal for anyone.
I highly recommend using an art cart at home because you can easily wheel it to different locations and store it neatly away when not in use.
You can read more about art carts here.
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