The goal of the new playroom is to help Kodi be independent, and to have active and focused play. I wanted it also to function down the road as a homeschool room, and it still needed to function as a family room. And, it needed to be able to grow with Kodi. Quite a lot to ask of one room in our house. So my makeover is not going to get me featured on Young House Love or anything. But it is very functional and in just a few days, I have already seen a HUGE improvement in Kodi’s behavior and play! The space allows him to move from one play activity to the next, and there is enough various stations to hold his attention.
Items we are ready had: the two red chairs (hand me down from my Dad), the rug (was in the dining room, we just flipped them), the wooden desk (hand me down from my Dad), the green bookshelf.
He is learning how to get in and out of the chair and still needs help doing so. We are also working on keeping the crayons at the art station.
Reading Nook and Play Area
You can’t see this but behind the toy unit is a small box of books, that I will change every so often. The theme for the books in the box is farm animals.
Play Units and Kitchen Area
He is still too young for the kitchen, but he is loving turning the burner unit on (it lights up), and banging pots and pans.
This area is to function as a place to work while Kodi plays independently, and also, if I were to homeschool this would be my desk. The blackboard in front of my desk is a chalkboard and we are going to install this on the desk.
Still on the to do list:
- Add labels with pictures to the plastic drawers.
- Add pictures to the walls that will include his artwork, maps, famous artist, and images of what we are interested in at the time/studying.
- Add more pillows to the reading nook area.