Small Space, No Problem: Creating a Play Nook for your Child
You don’t need a large space to carve out a play area for your child.
In an ideal world, your home would be large enough to have a separate play area for the kids, space for you to relax or work, and a place for everyone to gather and coexist peacefully. However, parents have to be creative in the real world to carve out a play area for their child in a small condo or apartment. But the good news is that you can still nurture your child’s bodily-kinesthetic gift no matter their play area’s size.
Children who possess the bodily-kinesthetic gift need active physical play to improve their skills and learn effectively. They also have a lot of energy and would do well if they have an outlet even when indoors, making a play nook a vital factor to nurture their gift.
Below, we have a few tips that you might want to consider when creating a nook for your child.
Most homes already have an excellent foundation for a play nook. You can use the main walls of your living or dining rooms. You can also assign a typically empty hallway as your child’s play nook.
Choose built-in or foldable furniture
If space is tight, avoid clutter by going the built-in route. Install a built-in or foldable desk that you can take out whenever someone needs it. If you can, install hooks on the ceiling for a makeshift swing or gym.
You don’t have to fill every corner with shelves or toys. When designing your child’s play nook, make sure to account for open space, whether on the floor or a table. Free space gives your child the freedom to move
If there’s an area in your house with access to plenty of natural light, choose this area for your child’s play nook, if possible. This allows your child to explore the natural world, like playing with shadows in the changing light or watching the rain from a window.
If possible, you can also include plants or pets in the environment. Having both can help your child learn how to take care of others.
It’s easy for your child’s things and toys to pile up in a small house, creating clutter that can be stressful for you and your child. Giving everything a place allows you to quickly assess how much stuff you have, so you won’t buy more stuff that your child might not even need. Furthermore, creating order is beneficial for younger children who thrive on routine and repetition.
Assign shelf space for each of your child’s toys, or organize them in small baskets or trays that are accessible for your child. Giving everything a place also makes it easier for your child to put away their toys after playing.
You don’t need a huge budget to build a play nook for your child. Surprisingly, nurturing your child’s gifts and accelerating their development is easy and doesn’t take a lot, just like giving your child a daily glass of PROMIL® FOUR, which has scientifically proven nutrients that support your child’s proper growth and mental development to help nurture the gift.