For the last few months, Aaron and Tabitha have been spending most nights sleeping in the same bed. When we heard about some bunk beds available locally, we jumped at the opportunity for the children to share a room. Aaron’s old bedroom has now become a playroom. The children love having all their toys easily accessible and I love not having toys scattered all over the house! One half of the room is a home corner and the other half is set up for small world play.
Let me take you on a little tour around the room, starting with the little table and chairs in the home corner area. I’ve been looking for wooden tableware for ages and eventually found this colourful set with four place settings in ELC, although it doesn’t seem to be listed on their website.
Our play kitchen is starting to look old and battered, but is still very much loved. As well as play food and pots and pans, cleaning supplies and fabric shopping bags are also kept here.
A while ago I thought about getting a proper play shop, but decided that using an open-ended piece of furniture would be more versatile. This area could become a shop, post office, cafe, bank or anything else the children want it to be! The babies are extremely popular with all the girls who come to play here. As much as I try not to stereotype toys, the boys don’t spend anywhere near as long playing with them. Underneath the cot is a tin baby bath which my great-granny gave me, filled with doll clothes, slings and other accessories.
This is the small world area. I spotted the wooden fire engine and ambulance in Wilkinsons this afternoon and just couldn’t resist at £13 each! I know they will be used for hours and hours of play.
The tall shelves hold non-fiction and fiction books, puzzles and games. The green pop-up basket contains dressing up clothes and the blue basket is filled with soft toys.
This is our quiet corner for reading or snuggling. I need to find a better way to store all those board books! My Grandma made both of the quilts that are now hanging in our playroom. The alphabet one used to hang in my bedroom when I was little! This colourful one is special to me because Grandma gave me a matching set of fabrics when I was a teenager. They never got made into a quilt, but they did get sewn into lots of other stuff.
So there you go, our little playroom is starting to come together and I still have more ideas about how to improve it. It has already inspired lots of play and I’ve just spent a lovely evening as a customer at the cafe, drinking tea and eating cake!