Summer is here, and the kids are out of school, which means the toy chest is overflowing, and it looks like a small or externally large tornado just hit, am I right? While it's important to embrace creativity and “mess” so kids can engage in sensory play, a lack of order can also mean a lack of imagination. Today we are sharing tips that will help you find a happy medium; Organization and that moment of pure happiness looking at a clean playroom for you and joyful learning opportunities for the kiddos.
Let’s talk storage! To start this process, we suggest storing similar items together; art supplies separate from books, puzzles from barbies, legos... they need their own special home away from the floor, because ouch. If you've stepped on a Lego, you KNOW what I'm talking about. Clear bins are best; they won't hide the mess but will encourage kids to play with the toys they already have and love.
When it comes to clean up, we can all agree this is the least favorite part of having a playroom. So, why not make it easy? We suggest purchasing a large basket or toy chest that will make cleaning up more manageable and quicker. This will reduce your visual stress and allows for a kid-friendly cleanup.
Get your kids involved in the organization. Ask your child where each toy's home should be and devise a creative reason why each toy must find its place. Make the process fun by making it a game or creating a fun song to sing.
Putting a general system in place where order, messiness, creativity, and learning are all combined help create a healthier and happier space for your kids to play. Please remember that no playroom has to be perfect, so take the pressure off yourself!
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