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4 Tips for Creating the Perfect Play Area for Your Kids at Home

4 Tips for Creating the Perfect Play Area for Your Kids at Home

Kids love to play wherever they find themselves, whether at home or anywhere else. As a parent, you don’t want to deprive your kids of their playtime, but at the same time, you want to make sure they have a designated area and time for them to have fun, so you can easily monitor them. Research shows that children are playing outside for an average of four hours a week. Planning the creation of a play area can involve both an outdoor and indoor area to give the kids a full experience. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that.

Utilize what you already have

You may already have the basics needed for a play area. For example, you can allow them to use one of your large walls in a less busy area of your home; all they need is some paper, crayons, etc., and their imagination can run wilds. These walls can be used for bulletin boards or have easels lined up in front of them for the kids’ art projects. You can also try painting the wall with chalkboard paint, if you don’t mind, so your children can be creative.

Remodel unused space into a playroom

Empty rooms or rooms that are not being used to their full potential can be remade. Remaking rooms like basements, storage rooms, dens, or offices is a good choice, as you can transform these areas into a multipurpose space holding both a play area and somewhere you and the family can lounge.

Why not combine brightly colored walls and cute furniture for your kids with adult-sized furniture, a television, and a video game area? This would mean that you can also use the room while the children play to enable you to keep an eye on them and ensure everything is in place.

Give your kids a feel of nature using your backyard

Giving your children a feel of nature is why having a play area in the backyard is a good choice. Having a backyard is a plus because you can use it in multiple ways. You can be creative and incorporate fun with education by making stepping stones with numbers and alphabets on them.

You can create a mini garden for the children, so they learn how to plant and cater for crops. This helps inculcate a sense of responsibility in them at a tender age. Just in case you do not have a green backyard but still want your children to have a sense of being out in nature, you can use artificial turf.

Use your yard for their amusement

Your home not having a green backyard doesn’t mean this should leave you out of the fun! You can turn your yard into a mini amusement park for the children. You can accomplish this by recycling materials like old tires or items from your garage or storage area. For example, you can use the tires to make hurdles filled with soft materials so kids can have fun without any injuries.

 Playtime has excellent benefits for your child’s growth and development in so many ways. Letting your kids enjoy playtime while learning new things helps their brains and bodies to thrive. This also allows them to establish social bonds, so you might want to let them have a playdate in your perfectly created play area.

Child safety

Keeping your kids safe outdoors

Keeping your kids safe outdoors

As much as you try, you won’t be able to stop worrying about your kids. You don’t want it to hold them back but you just can’t help it. One of the major worries that parents have is about letting their children play outside. It is becoming increasingly important because kids these days are spending more and more time inside in front of screens, so you do want them to go outside. The problem is, there are so many dangers out there that you’ll be constantly worrying about their safety. Keeping them inside all of the time isn’t practical, and they’ll miss out on valuable social time with their friends, so how do you keep them safe?

 Keeping Your Kids Safe Outdoors

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones and children is a tricky subject. With smartphones, children have full access to the internet and you can’t see exactly what they are looking at. There are so many different online dangers that you want to protect them from so you might be reluctant to get them a mobile phone when they are still fairly young. On the other hand, having a mobile phone could help them out in a dangerous situation. They can easily contact you, or in a worst case scenario, the police. Without this capability, they are completely on their own if something goes wrong when they are playing outside. It is best to give them a phone, you won’t stop them getting on the internet either way, but you should speak to them about the dangers of the things that they might see and experience while using it.

Night time

One of the biggest sources of contention between parents and children is the time that they are allowed to stay out until. As a kid, I would always beg my mum to let me stay out for an extra half an hour because my friends were allowed to. She always said no, I was too young and it didn’t matter what other people could and couldn’t do. I realise now that she was right, but at the time I wasn’t happy. The truth is, once it’s dark, any potential dangers to your children are massively multiplied. Letting them play outside after dark is risky. If you are going to, it should only be somewhere that you can see them. The best solution is to set up the garden so they can enjoy it at night. Click here for some ideas on garden lighting, that way they can have their friends round in the back garden where you and all of the other parents can be happy in the knowledge that they are safe.

How Far Can They Go?

Another issue that causes clashes is where they are allowed to go. When I was young I was allowed as far as the local shop, and no further, until I was a bit older. I knew where I was going and I couldn’t get lost. To be honest, this really depends on where you live. I grew up in a small town where everybody knew each other, so it was fine for me to go a bit further as there would always be somebody familiar. However, if you live in a large city with lots of strangers everywhere, it is best to limit your kids to an area that you can see from the house.

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