Smart Playroom Ideas and Organization

It was time.

It was weeks after Christmas and the room looked more like a walk-in closet than a playroom.

Duplos lingered into the hallway, and pictures were beginning to hang sideways; mostly due to me haphazardly nailing them to the wall.

Now, I wasn’t about to fully Marie Kondo this room.

But I was about to go in strong. My goal was to get rid of things that have been lingering for years and have the room become more intentional.

2 kids ago there was a rhythm to this room that had been lost. Since then, we have been overloaded and it was time to get organized.

Time to seize the day!

Press restart.

And give this room a serious makeover.

Do all families need a playroom?

They certainly do not!

My intent is to help you organize ideas, share uses for storage and inspire design wherever that may be. Take this post and make it work for you and your space.

Find Your Name; A Simple Breakfast Invitation

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! I’ve got your Breakfast Invitation secret weapon.

Kids love seeing their name. Like, loooooooooove seeing their name.

And so do we. We use our names to mark our success at workouts, sign off on an email, and to simply identify which Starbucks frappacchino is ours. We find it especially funny when it gets written incorrectly.

Names are a beautiful representation of who we are.

Let’s use names to help our children grasp a marker, identify letters, and hold their hand steady to design a circle as they find their name.

Sand Sensory Play

We played with sand…and all is calm to tell you about it.

Now, I know. The majority of us believe sand should stay where it belongs.

THE BEACH. Amiright?!

But here is the difference when you bring sand into your home and use for sensory play. It does not mix with water. Keeping your sand dry makes it a lot easier to vacuum and carry on to cooking dinner post clean-up. You don’t want to miss this super simple sensory activity. Inside you will read WHY this is so important for development.

A Simple Indoor Math Game

Kids and Socks, Math and Graphs.

Anyone else seeing this powerful connection? They just go together.

Graphs are simple to make, and have a strong impact with learning.

Graphs offer a visual that shows your preschooler a clear understanding of how many, and which object has the most. - These are key concepts that will continue to be discussed throughout their life.

Quick and Easy Breakfast Invitation

You know when you have these moments where you preschooler REALLY gets it?

Like, adrenalin rush, super excited to complete the task?

It all began with Color Sort on our Breakfast Invitation Cards.

As my preschooler eagerly sorted shades of blue and different shades of green, it led to a couple questions.

“Which shade of blue is the darkest?”

“Which shade of blue is the lightest?”

And Whamo! - This quick and easy Breakfast Invitation was born. Quick and easy, use what you already own.

Fine Motor Game for One-Year-Olds

This toddler activity helped me multiple times this week!

I used it to prepare dinner, vacuum the living room floor, and take a shower. - You know, all normal activities that are a wee bit harder to do with someone pulling on your pant leg.

Under two-years-old can be a tricky age to entertain. They are typically in the I want to be older, yet I don’t have the momentum to play independently for long periods of time phase.

But no worries, I am happy to help.

Quick and easy toddler activities to help you make breakfast and blow dry your hair. #momlife

Cranberry Mix-Up; A Holiday Sensory Bin

Want to teach your kids how to pour their own milk?

Start with simple, super fun sensory play such as this one.

Scooping.

Pouring.

Even dumping are essential for child development.

These are concepts that unless someone sits us down and says, “Look, here is WHY you are getting your kitchen floor a little wetter than you’d like”, we may not be as accustomed to doing.

The side bonus is that water play typically lasts 3 times longer than it takes me to set up and clean up. Bonus if the kids think wiping the floor is a follow-up game. - But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

Light the Strand; a fun Winter Breakfast Invitation

Looking for an indoor activity this winter break?

Dot the lights is where it’s at.

We already know that dot stickers make crazy fun Breakfast Invitations.

Spider Webs crawled throughout the 7 continents on Instagram.

Christmas Trees raved on Busy Toddler.

And DIY board game helped keep us all going over Thanksgiving Break.

Bring out the dot sticker packs for the brightest Breakfast Invitation yet!

Gingerbread Man Sticker Match - a fun winter activity

Looking to introduce some key math concepts?

You know me. I am always thinking of ways to introduce those Common Core Math Standards now so when we all enter Kindergarten, it is a lot more head nodding than confusion.

I’ve been there. I’ve taught these standards. I assure you, they move FAST.

Here, I know that Kindergarteners will be asked to understand the terms match and pair. They are also asked to, directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common.

“You have a pair of socks. They are both the same.”

“These two stickers are alike because they both have 2 candy canes and a snowflake.”

“These objects are different because one of them roll and the other will stack. They are not the same.”

We can begin to introduce Kindergarten topics in an age appropriate way that is enjoyable.

Holiday Sticker Cups

Pick the ONE thing you want to improve, and focus on that ONE skill.

What I mean, is if you want to focus on fine motor skills, stay focused on task at hand.

Here, it is to strengthen the little muscles so that down the line your child can correctly cut and hold a pencil.

You want to stay focused with your goal.

If the goal is fine motor grip, try not to also throw in letter recognition and sequencing. You can keep the brain power to a minimum so that your reluctant toddler or preschooler can really zone in on what they need to work on.

Here, it is fine motor.