Most of us lives in HDB flats, and in recent years, all the new flats seem to be getting smaller and tinier. So much so that we have to plan our space well to maximise the limited square meters for the comfort of the whole family. One space which most likely gets little attention to is the children’s play area; yes a dedicated space for our little ones to house their toys, to play, to create their creative mess, a space they can call their own. If you do not have such space planned out yet in your house, let us show you how this can be made possible with some reshuffling and improvising.

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Get Things Sorted

The most difficult part in maintaining a proper playing space for children is maintaining some form of order. One thing we should be firm about is for them to keep their toys after play, and before pulling another set of toys out and create a huge mess. At home, we sort our toys into plastic boxes in various sizes; bigger toys get bigger boxes, smaller ones get dumped together into another. How you sort the toys out depends greatly how your children play with them. You can sort them by types – bricks, dolls, cars, cookeries etc, or sort them by how they can be played together – pretend play, dress up, learning, craft etc.

Contain and Limit Play Space

When children play, they do not have sense of space. If a spot is clear, they move over and fill it up with more toys from boxes, and before you know it, you can’t even see your floor anymore! Before the toys get spread across the entire living room, limit the play space with a play mat or a play yard. Contain all their playing and dumping of toys in that space, it makes cleaning after much easier and faster.

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Create Themed or Special Corners

Children needs to learn there is a place and time for different things and activities. Setup special corners around the living room or in their room, put only what can be used at the corner where it should be. If its a reading corner, do not have anything else other than books within their hand reach. This will allow them to focus on what you want them to do when you want them to.

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Personalise Walls But Not Overcrowd Them

Photos, paintings, drawings and anything visibly pleasing to the eyes can be used to decorate the walls around the designated play area. Similar to containing play space, by putting up visuals of things the children can relate to will get them excited and want to be near so they can look at their artwork which you as parents are proud of. Photos of the children from young, showing their growth is something that they enjoy looking at a lot too. Get them to think about the photo, when it was taken, how they felt and who are in the photo together. This is a great way to get them to communicate with you too.

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Playing is an important part of growing up especially for children 6 and below. They learn to move, learn to share and care, learn to think and learn to communicate through play. When guidelines are set, routines imparted accurately and as early as possible, play can be fun for both the little ones and you (the parents). Do you have a play space in your house to share? Upload them via our Facebook page here and tell us how you would like to improve it. Or if you do not have any proper space set for your children yet, tell us how you would like to start creating this special space for them.