Every child’s dream is to have a playroom or play station, with shelves and areas to display their favourite sound-making toys. Creating a play station for your child, whether it be a standalone room, or simply an area in their bedroom, is a great way to keep children entertained and encourage independent play, which is beneficial for their cognitive skills.
There are many ways you can sort and organize your children’s toys and play station. With online shops such as GameSeek, finding age-appropriate, educational and fun toys is easy.
When organizing your play station, there are a few crucial steps that you need to follow to create a balanced, yet fun, area for your children to play and store their toys. Whether you prefer a simple toy box and shelves, or want something more elaborate, by following our easy steps, you can create a play station to suit your needs.
The first step is to declutter the room. While sorting through the piles of toys and games, create 3 piles: Donate, Trash, Keep. When deciding what to put in each pile, look at each toy and ask yourself if it is age-appropriate, if it only has one primary function, and if it is broken. Toys with one function, such as sound-making toys, offer little as entertainment, as the child cannot guide the play.
Decluttering also includes cleaning the room and brightening it up with pictures and fun colors. You can switch the drapes to something colorful and make use of mats and paints to create an even more fun environment for your playstation. Look at ideas online for inspiration. You can do a lot with even a small space.
Once you have decluttered, you can start organizing your play station into categories such as
- Dolls, action figures and their accessories
- Puzzles and games
- Arts and crafts goods
- Toys with wheels
There are many ways to store and display toys with the use of large clear bins, floating shelves, bookcases, and hanging shoe organizers. You do not need a large budget to organize your play station, and with a bit of imagination, you can turn it into a fun area with little sections for arts and crafts, a dolly section, a reading nook, and a blocks station. Using bookcases and curtains to separate your areas, it is like each section is a little room on its own.
We all know that children can get bored playing with the same toys repeatedly, and therefore it is a good idea to rotate your toys often. Put out only half of their toys and books and then rotate every 6 weeks or so. The children will think that they are getting new toys each time, saving you some money.
While screen-time is not recommended for children for long periods, you could add in a tape or CD player, and play audiobooks and their favourite nursery rhymes to keep them entertained as well as educated while they play.