Creating an exciting environment for kids to play in

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Creating an exciting and engaging environment for your children to play in is no doubt the ideal that all parents strive for. The reality for most, though, is that it can be quite difficult to achieve.
Toys have a habit of spreading across a house and mums and dads are often left wondering how to control the invasion.
The good news is that you can sort through the mess, and make it easier for your little one to play with their toys without them taking over the entire house.
Probably an important thing to remember is that they don’t have to play with everything at the same time. It’s OK to restrict what they can interact with at any one time.
Take inspiration from nurseries/reception year classrooms
Although you’re clearly not setting up a nursery, it may be wise to take note of the way that pre-schools and reception classes are set up and take your cue from there.
Classrooms are designed to promote independence and decision-making and encourage your little one to get involved. In practical terms, this means putting toys in boxes they can access by themselves.
Sorting toys by shape and size
You could separate out toys by size and shape so that it’s easier for them to help you tidy up and this will also help their understanding of sorting.
A place for messy play
Because you don’t want your home splattered in paint, it’s a good idea to designate a so-called messy area in your house. You can keep paint, play-dough, glitter and all those types of things out of reach until you are happy for your child to play with them. Then it’s a good idea to get them in aprons, put down newspaper and choose a carpet-free area if possible.
You could separate out books with more sensory play objects and that way they can pick and choose what they want to play with.
Engage all of their senses
Where possible, you should provide your child with the opportunity to explore through all the senses – touch, sight, sound, smell and taste. Of course it won’t be possible to do this all the time, but it’s worth keeping in mind when you’re planning a play space.
Sort activities by age
If you have children of different ages you should always try and give them something appropriate for their demographic. For example, a ten-piece puzzle will work for your four-year-old but a more simple three-piece may be better for your younger child.
Do you have toys that encourage your child to think? has plenty of great gifts for girls and boys that are both educational and fun. Puzzles and science kits are just some of the toys which can help a child explore the world but keep them interested at the same time.
Are your toys helping them to develop?
You should ask yourself if the toys you have for your young one are helping them to develop their communication skills. If not, then are they improving their social, cognitive or fine motor skills.
Above all though, don’t forget to have fun. It can be a truly engaging and rewarding time watching your little one learn through play, and remember you can always get them to help you tidy up at the end of the day.
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