I always knew I wanted to create a great space for my son and teach him to navigate it safely, just as I did with my students when I was a Reggio teacher. When we moved to NC, I was ecstatic to have an extra room dedicated to play and learning. His playroom has really evolved and continues to as his needs and interests change. Here is how it all began, the changes made, and where we are today. Hope you enjoy!
In the beginning we had his play room set up in the smallest room in the house...
PLAY ROOM 2010
Just getting started
Then we added some cubby shelves. This was how I first organized his materials. Notice our light panel tucked nicely to the side of the shelves....a "space" for it had yet to evolve.
I would hang a white sheet on the wall for play with the overhead projector
We soon decided that since his bed room was only used for sleep, that it would make sense to move his play room into the bigger room and have his bedroom in the smaller one.
PLAY ROOM 2011
I took a lot of inspiration for my playroom and all of its accessories from being a teacher in a Reggio inspired school for 3 of my 14 years of teaching - my classroom looked a lot like this. The whole philosophy behind the environment is to make the space inspiring - a place where a child will enter and WANT to explore. Its also about having all materials (typically from the natural environment or recycled items) readily accessible to the child. The walls and furniture are usually neutral (hence my tan walls) to encourage the focus on the beauty of the creations and materials in the room. Most of these materials are used in all kinds of child-guided imaginative play. There are no "rules" (as long as nothing is getting ruined) and messes are embraced as learning experiences. That being said, my son does appreciate the order. Believe it or not, we have many days where we dont even go into this room - but when we do, oh the places we go!!
(I put a water proof blanket under the art table to protect the floor....its not a rug.)
My playroom is always changing as my son grows, his interests change, and I notice that things would be more functional set up another way. Its 2012 and our playroom just got a paint makeover. I'm also making a few changes here and there. This is what we have so far, but stay tuned.
|I added a curtain rod in the art area and used shower curtain hook to hang buckets full of materials. I moved the paper holder over and put the scissors just above it.|
|New refreshing blue paint color.|
|I expanded the "dramatic play" area a bit. It now has his Dr kit, his "suitcase", his astronaut costume, and basket of masks/puppets.|
|I took down the clear shoe organizer strip and bought small pails from Michaels for his magnets. Being able to dump out the pieces makes it easier for him to find what he is looking for.|
|I took down the felt board and added shelves for his Playmobil. I find that he plays with it more when its out like this....and the felt board wasn't getting much use anymore (though its still in the closet and he brings it out from time to time).|
|I expanded the mirrors across the entire back wall. LOVE!|
|close up of paint cans in art area|
I have made a few changes to the art area. My son is really into building and figuring out how things work, so Im trying to make his art corner more inviting to him.
|Wood pieces, plastic pieces, screws, nails, drill, screw driver, hammer.|