Multi-age Playrooms: How to Set Up a Space Everyone Will Love

 

If you have more than one child, you will know that toys seem to multiply at an alarming rate. The family playroom quickly turns from your kids’ playtime haven into a chaotic hovel, mismatched toys strewn about with no sense of order or organization. Baby toys and chemistry sets sit alongside each other and you know something has to change. If this situation is currently happening in your house, know that there is hope. Here are a few tips to help you create a playroom children of all ages will love.

 

Designate zones

As with any good playroom, it’s a smart move to have designated areas for different kinds of play. For multi-age playrooms, creating a space for each child will help everyone easily find their own toys and feel like they have their own room. If you need to, use room dividers or cleverly placed storage to physically separate the room into different areas. Otherwise, keep arts and crafts materials in one corner, dressing up and other imaginative play toys in another, and puzzles, board games, and building toys stored neatly in boxes and shelves. An organized playroom is much more functional and low maintenance than one with piles and piles of random toys.

 

This clean, organized playroom has dedicated spaces for imaginative play, arts and crafts, and plenty of storage!

 

Playroom 1

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Space to relax

Just because your playroom is full of toys and stimulating projects, this doesn’t mean your children won’t need somewhere to relax and sit, too. Find a functional piece of furniture or two that all your kids will enjoy, or have smaller versions for younger members of the family. Bean bags, oversized cushions, and comfortable sofas or armchairs work perfectly for all ages. Combine this relaxation space with your story/quiet corner if you like, but make sure it remains accessible for everyone.

You can just imagine your kids curling up with a good book in the comfortable, inviting window seat and bean bag chair in this playroom.

White+Kidsroom

via Modernize

 

Rotate toys

Regardless of age, all children go through phases with toys. Most of us have far too many toys for keep track of, and if we parents think there are too many, our kids will also struggle to play with all of the toys lying around. Once you’ve organized the playroom, take out any broken, unused, or unwanted toys and discard or donate appropriately. If you’re still left with too many toys to store, take a few out for a month or two and rotate them back in when you sense your kids are bored with the ones they’ve been using. This will encourage your children to enjoy the toys they have available (and will also help immensely at cleanup time).

 

There are few toys on display in this playroom, so they are more likely to be enjoyed often.

 

Yellow Kids Room

via Modernize

 

 

Keep it safe

If you have toddlers or babies using your playroom, make sure any small or potentially dangerous toys are kept out of their reach. Consider storing older kids’ craft and building materials on higher shelves or closed away in bins, and make sure big brothers and sisters know not to leave their Legos lying on the floor. Speaking of storage, make sure any heavy storage units are secure and bolted to the walls if needed, because we all know that every toddler becomes a climber at some stage. Encourage daily tidying with a schedule or regular routine and you are less likely to have any accidents.

 

This playroom uses clever box shelves and counter space to store delicate and smaller items.

 

Fidi+Kids+Loft+Bedroom

via Modernize

 

Once you’ve reorganized your playroom to suit everyone, your kids will be ready to get playing. Now comes the really hard part: sharing!

 

For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.

 

Kaitlin Krull is a writer and mom of two girls living the expat life in the UK. Her writing is featured on Modernize.com and a number of home decor sites around the web. She can also be found blogging from time to time on her personal blog, A Vicar’s Wife.


Basket of Eggs “Easter” Craft Printable

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I love walking outside and seeing all the flowers in bloom and hearing the birds chirping away.

 

That means Spring is here and I am in love!

 

And with Spring here, well, that means that Easter is coming soon.

 

After a long winter we could all use a bit of cheer, and what could be better than a quick and easy craft to make with your children to get excited about Easter?

 

My Basket of Eggs Easter Craft is the perfect solution!

 

What could be more fun than coloring eggs and gluing them into a basket?

 

No mess, no hassle, just memories to create and remember.

 

Want to make it a teachable lesson?

 

How about having your preschoolers count eggs as they glue them into the basket!

 

Perfect fun and learning in ONE!

 

Basket of Eggs (2)

What you will need to have on hand:

  • Crayons or Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A Printer
  • Paper

What you will need to do to complete this Easter Craft:

  • Print off Basket Printable and Egg Printable
  • Color Basket and Eggs
  • Cut out eggs
  • Glue Eggs in Basket
  • Hang up to enjoy

 

Basket of Eggs Pinterest

 

To Download click Basket of Eggs Easter Craft.

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

*All clipart and graphics were created by MyCuteGraphics.

 

 

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Miranda, is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday@GraceandGravy with a side of life! Miranda has been married to her sweet husby for 16 years and a homeschool momma to 2 kiddos at home. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about Guatemala Missions, Early Farmhouse Life/Decor, and learning to be a Self-Sufficient Homesteader!

You can also find GraceandGravy on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter!

 


*FREE* Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn Printable Pack

-Free- Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn

It seems that the bad weather and snow in the New England states is never going to end.

Here in the south, we have had a very comfortable winter so far.  Lots of 65 and 70 degree days wearing flipflops and plenty of sunshine.

But I guess all good things have to come to an end at some point, Right?

If our local weather man is correct, then it’s coming to an end very soon.

We are predicted to have bad weather of freezing rain and snow for most of next week.  I can deal with snow, okay maybe a inch or two, but it’s the sleet and freezing rain that I cannot  live with.

We are so used to not getting much bad weather that when it does happen, it send our small rural town into a panic.

Next week I will be keeping my grand- daughter while my daughter and son-in-law go out of town on business.  I plan to have the pantry  and freezer stocked but I also need activities prepared as well.  Of course, we have movies, books and puzzles but I wanted to create something fun to do just in case the bad weather does hit.

After I thought about it, I decided to do a Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn Printable Pack, (geared for Pre-K-1) because what better activity to do in the snow than printables about snowmen and snowflakes.

In the pack you will find the following fun activities:

  • Memory Matching Game
  • Counting Practice
  • Word Search
  • Coloring Sheets

What you will need to have on hand:

  • Crayons or Markers
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock and Laminate (if you prefer longer lasting durability)
  • A Printer
  • Paper

To Download click FREE Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn Printable Pack.

 

I have also included a list of my favorite children books that fits perfectly with the theme of this printable set.

SnowDay Children's Books

 

Hope you enjoy!

*All clipart and graphics were created my MyCuteGraphics.

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Miranda, is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday @GraceandGravy with a side of life! Miranda has been married to her sweet husby for 16 years and a homeschool mama to 2 kiddos at home. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about Guatemala Missions, Early Farmhouse Life/Decor, and learning to be a Self-Sufficient Homesteader!

You can also find GraceandGravy on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter!