SheBrisbane caught up with Stacey Cooper, a creative individual and DIY enthusiast who shared her tips on combining imagination and small spaces to create an epic playroom for kids. This is what she had to say…
When you’re a parent, there are so many things to think about. Sure, few centuries back, putting the roof over their head and a food on the table was all it took, but the times have changed for the better. Today, when in most parts of the world, surviving is no longer an issue, the whole institution of parenthood had shifted its focus towards finding new ways to educate and entertain your kid. One of the best ways to do both of these things is to carefully design their playroom, since the didactic value of kids’ play should never be underestimated. Here are some ideas.
Depending on the gender of your child, they may show different affinities towards some games. For example, while boys are more likely to show interest in playing with G.I. Joe figurines, girls might find pleasure in throwing tea parties. What better way to show your parental affection then to craft a special DIY table where these parties are going to take place. The best part of it all is that you can include your child into the process and even help them make decisions around the table colour, height and decorative details. This will help them develop strong affection towards this new playground, seeing how they took part in its creation.
A lot of kids dream of pursuing military career later on. Now, while it is true that this is not what most of the parents dream about, it can become a quite useful didactic concept. You see, what better way to teach your kid some discipline than to turn their room into a boot camp. You can even join the play and act as their commanding officer. Another great thing you get here is a unique punishment and reward system. Whenever they do something wrong, you can give them an additional chore, while you can endorse their positive behaviour by giving them a promotion or a hand-made medal.
Even though a lot of parents are against exposing their kids to consoles and video games at a young age, this kind of attitude can sometimes backfire. No matter what you think about it, our world is quickly going digital, which is why you need to adapt your child to dealing with these high-tech gadgets as early as possible.
If you are worried that these games are too static for their developing young bodies, you can get them something that requires physical interaction like Xbox Kinect or Nintendo Wii. After finding the right gaming platform for your kid, all you need to do is find the right screen (you don’t need 4K ultra HD) and someone who deals with TV wall mounting in Brisbane area. Safety comes first, so you need a professional to do the mounting.
You never know when you are raising a little businessman in your home. Because of this, it may be fun to transform their playroom into an office. Seeing how a lot of home-offices fit into a bedroom closet, even the tiniest kids’ rooms will be big enough. Sure, you don’t want to make the space into a real office, but turn it into an alternative (more colourful) version. This may take a lot of work, but your child is more than worth it.
Most of the play at a very young age relies on kids roleplaying. In some of the games they are pilots, soldiers, Vikings or firefighters. Sure, a piece of stick can be all their need for full immersion, but why not enhance their play by making them a genuine dressing room. In this way, the entire home becomes their playground, while they play-dressing room full of costumes becomes their secret hideout. All of this role-playing can also be used to teach them a thing or two about the ways or the culture of the person they are roll-playing as.
Throughout the text, we used gender as a general pointer, but this is not necessarily something you should adhere to at all times. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with your daughter wanting to play with the G.I. Joes or your son wanting to throw a tea party for his stuffed animals. The key thing is that you are building this playroom for your own child, which means that their needs and personal preferences always come first. However, as a parent, you need also to find a way to implement a bit of teaching material into the mix, as well.