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A Guide To Creating The Perfect Summer Playroom At Home

Sharon Monticello

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Jun 20 6 minutes read

As the summer season rolls in, so does the long (highly-anticipated) school break, and parents are at their wits end trying to make their little ones’ summer vacation at home a meaningful one– to think we’re only a few weeks in.

News flash– keeping the kids busy throughout the summer shouldn’t be too much effort. That’s if you have the perfect Summer playroom at home!

While that may sound overwhelming, especially for homeowners who don’t have a lot of space to work with, it doesn’t have to be an arduous task! In fact, we’ve got nine simple tips to help you create The Perfect Summer Playroom At Home that will promote creativity and inspire your child to build their own little worlds!

It’s All About the Hues 

Choosing colors for your child’s playroom is a big step toward your main goal. Give yourself more freedom to pick stimulating, bold bursts of color fitting for a Summer playroom. You can opt for a brightly-colored feature wall, patterned colorful rugs for the floor, a quirky wallpaper, or even paint a picture on each wall! A fun atmosphere for your kiddo is what you should strive to achieve.

Modern, Child-Friendly Furniture is the Key 

No, you don’t need to deck the room with expensive furnishings and equipment, but a designated area to sit and work during slower activities like art and reading is a priority. Pick the right size of tables and chairs depending on the ages of your kids, and make sure they come in bold and fun colors. Another option is soft, modern furniture, like cushioned chairs, beanbags, and kiddie step ladders for an artistic feel.

Choose the RIGHT Toys and Play Equipment 

Your child’s summer playroom is a space in the home where they’re free to be themselves and enjoy their break from studies, but it should still encourage healthy development and growth. Include toys that aid in their learning. It could be their beloved action figures, dolls, art supplies, books, and fun, educational play toys too! One of the most beneficial is sensory play toys.

Assist your child in immersing their different senses in experiences that promote their brain to develop pathways that refine their physical sensations via creative exploration through sensory play. Activities like foam molding, rainbow rice, squishy balls, and sensory water beads are only a few ideas you can start with.

The Organization is a Must 

Creating an organizational system is a must for you and your child. Not only does this keep the space looking nice and inviting, but it also has great benefits for your child’s development. Implement a space and storage area for each type of equipment and toy, to encourage your child to place the toys they’ve used back where they belong once they’re finished. It will also teach them to understand the importance of organizing and tidying for a comfortable environment, and also how to clean up after themselves.

Storage Bins will Help 

Storage bins make everyone’s jobs easier– yours and your children’s! And most will agree that you can never have enough of them! Pick ones that come in a range of different sizes and go for bright and bold shades to store different types of toys and equipment. Having storage bins will also help your child understand organizational skills better too. All you have to do is assign one color bin for art supplies, another for balls and loose equipment, and another for sensory play items.

Inspire Creativity 

Children have a rich imagination, and supporting their creative ideas through play is a key step in their early development. Create a playroom full of inspiration and can encourage them to be themselves. Have a box of dress-up costumes, a car mat that outlines the journey of their imagination, and a cash register where they get to be a shop owner for an hour – the ideas are endless!

Setting Boundaries is Vital 

Boundaries and rules also help focus a child’s creative ideas. Create some for your playroom. It could be physical areas where they can use particular toys, what material they can use as a canvas for their artwork (and save your walls in the process!), and even that they have to be supervised when using scissors, paints, or markers. Turn these “rules” into fun, colorful signs to make them easier to understand.   

Soft Mats and Rugs are Perfect for Flooring 

Part of having the perfect Summer playroom is heavily considering your child’s safety inside it. When children are halfway through an exciting airplane flight or handstand competition, they can quickly forget about their environment. Soft mats or rugs will protect them from any injuries. Purchasing gymnastic mats that soften their impact and reduce harm will also be a perfect option.

Embrace STEM Toys 

If you’re still in search of the perfect playroom toys for your child, you may want to consider STEM, engineering, and construction toys. These are similar to other building toys like Lego but come with a lot more opportunities for discovery. They include cranes, magnetic tiles, bamboo slides, train building, and many other exciting adventures.

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