Plans are currently underway to put together a killer playroom for our toddler, hopefully in time for what will surely be a rainy and cold Seattle winter. I thought I would share the top ten elements I’m hoping to include.
1) Crawl tunnel: Even though he can now run circles around me, G still loves his crawl tunnel.
We love: Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Tunnel
2) Low storage shelves and a toddler-accessible bookshelf: This is a Montessori concept, but it also just makes sense to me. Rather than throwing all of G’s toys in a big toy box or storage basket, I hope to make his toys and books organized and accessible.
3) Fun/educational rug(s): Because I’m kidding myself if I think my carpets won’t be in danger.
On my shopping list: IKEA’s HOPPLEK numbers rug
On my shopping list: IKEA’s SPONTAN magnetic board
5) Art easel: Please, let this child be more artistic than his parents.
6) Ball pit: I’ve heard you can use a pack ‘n play, but I like the idea of something more open and will go with a friend’s suggestion to buy a cheap kiddie pool.
7) Tent: We have this one for his bedroom, but I love the look of the more cost-friendly IKEA option for the playroom.
On my shopping list: IKEA’s CIRKUSTÄLT children’s tent
8) Table and chairs: For everything from Playdoh to crayons to high tea. I think it’s important that kids have their own sitting space.
On my shopping list: IKEA’s LÄTT Children’s table and 2 chairs
9) Busy board: A friend of mine and her husband made one of these for their son’s first birthday. They actually did an entire box, but I think a board is more realistic for our abilities. Check out this blog post to get a visual of what I mean.
10) Trampoline: This is my pie-in-the-sky playroom toy. I’m just not sure we will have the space for this, but it’s fun to dream.
On my wishlist: Alex Little Jumpers Trampoline