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Tidy up tips for your children’s play area

27 September 2016

Whether it’s inside, on the veranda, or outdoors, if you have small children you probably have a play area (or two or three). While your children should be allowed to have loads of fun when playing, these areas can get a bit chaotic.

Take a good look at your play area – how does it make you feel? Disorganised or a bit overwhelmed? Can’t really see what there is to play with as the area has just become a bundle of toys and crafts? Don’t stress – we can help!

HERE ARE SOME TOP TIDY UP TIPS THAT WILL HAVE YOUR CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA FAMILY-FRIENDLY IN NO TIME:

1. DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Divide your children’s toys into different piles according to categories – books, cars, blocks, puzzles etc. – and gather up all the pieces that go with each toy. If those pieces are small, consider using a drawer organiser, hanging bags, shoe boxes, or small plastic storage boxes to keep them all together.

2. UP, UP, AND AWAY

One of the most important steps to tidying up is to clean up the floor space. Pick up every toy and find a place for it. You don’t have to pack items out of reach; just allocate them a spot where they are easily accessible but out from under foot. Getting toys off the ground gives children a bigger play area and prevents the toys from getting dirty or broken.

3. STORE IT RIGHT

Use child-level shelves, crates of various sizes, storage boxes with wheels or storage boxes that stack on top of one another to store away toys at the end of each play session. Consider using clear or see-through plastic containers for toys that are used often so it is easy to identify which container they are stored in. Or label your containers so they are easy to identify. Whatever storage system you use, make sure it is safe and secure (shelves should be bolted to the wall, for example) and easy for your children to access.

4. SEPARATE ACTIVITIES, SEPARATE AREAS

If you have the space, divide the play area into different ‘zones’ according to the different activities your children enjoy. You might have a Lego building floor space or a painting table or a reading corner. This will help to maintain a sense of order. Use child-friendly furniture (think safe, easy cleaning and lightweight plastic items) and storage options to encourage your children to use the areas as intended.

5. GATHER THE TROOPS

When you decided it’s clean up time, it’s a good idea to get your children involved in the process – not only will it give them a sense of responsibility and encourage them to care for their toys, it is their space and they need to feel they own it. Turn it into a game and you’ll be done before you know it!

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