How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

January 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm 1 comment

Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids!

Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, or even places underneath a raised bed are so intriguing.

Our guest blogger Tiffany (from Peanut Blossom) recently moved into a new home that was equipped with a charming, sloped nook underneath the stairs. Excited to create a place for her two daughters, she soon found the space quickly filled with moving boxes. In her recent blog post, Hidden corners for play, she shares how the space was transformed:

How to create a secret play space

1)      Clear out the “junk”! For kids to feel like the space is “theirs”, the first thing to do is to clear out anything cluttering the space.

2)      Tailor the space to nurture your child’s individual personality. Tiffany’s daughter LOVES to play Veterinarian to her little stuffed animals. So, their family decided to create an “Animal Hospital” underneath the stairs. Using many supplies the family already had around the house (book cases, baskets, etc.) the space quickly contained little cages for the “patients” and even a desk for wellness charts! With a cute “Doc is In” sign (using the Melissa & Doug door plaque) and mailbox to collect the office “mail” – the space was complete!

3)      Keep it colorful: Tiffany recommends transforming the space into something bright and attractive, with a theme. Choosing a consistent color palette will keep the space warm and welcoming.

Animal Hospital post

Tiffany shares other tips on how to create a unique playzone for your kids over on her blog: check out her ideas and tell us – do you have a space in your home that could be transformed? Join the conversation with us on Facebook!

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Related blog posts:

6 Ways to Revamp Your Play Space for 2013

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors

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Tiffany Dahle Peanut Blossom photoTiffany Dahle is the hostess behind Peanut Blossom where she shares her belief that strong families start with strong and happy mothers. She encourages you to develop everyday possibilities for stretching your creativity while doing what you do to keep that household running! You can find Tiffany on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Vikki Cousin  |  February 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    The Multi-Level Solid Wood Dollhouse is my favorite. It would fit into a sloped nook underneath the stairs.


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