Creating New Play Experiences In The Chaos Toy-Room!
One of my goals to complete before the arrival of the next little member of the MonsterSquad was to complete a ‘change around’ of the toy room.
Why? Why? Why? moaned Monster Squad Dad….
Ok, so it’s not like it was a small job, and he did instantly catch the drift that any heavy lifting would become his problem, but all the same, creating new play experiences keeps the monsters interested and keen for a play session.
While I see his point that it’s going to get messed up again, it may just give us an hour of peace here and there too.
So I devised a great big swap around plan and much to his disgust, and earlier last week we got to work moving things around in an effort to rediscover that stuff called carpet.
This is what we started with:
Ok, so here’s what we did:
This is where their pencils etc will be stored once they earn some trust and quit drawing on everything other than paper! In the meantime they can ask me for them each time they want to get up there!!!
Under the landing I created a shop type space for them to play in. The cupboard in this picture has all their different dress ups in it, plus their aprons and bits and pieces they like to pretend cook with.
I used an old TV unit as a shelf/counter for them and placed their radio and play phone on it. As you can see in the 10minutes they tested the room out tonight, they’ve set up a cafe scene to play with.
On the opposite side of the room we have set up ‘Barbie Land’ again and put the Lego there also. I am secretly hoping that the Lego gets a little rest for a while as I am so tired of seeing it spread everywhere!!!
Next to the Lego stack, is a set of drawers that store other assorted toys. I have used my new DYMO Label Maker (Post to come) to label each drawer in hope that they put things away where they belong!!!
I should also introduce you to the MonsterSquad’s pet fish. 🙂
So there you go, it took us a couple of weeks due to having heaps on, but it’s finally done and now I can cross this of my list!
Who want’s to take bets on how long it will stay this clean and sorted????
(Apologies for the bad lighting in these photos, seems as soon as daylight dies down in that room, every pic I take is dark and grainy or over exposed…)