This post was written by Guest Blogger: Bryn Huntpalmer.
Once your toddler is on-the-move, it’s a good idea to separate her sleeping space from her play space. Having loads of fun toys within reach of a toddler with seemingly boundless energy can be a recipe for disaster–at least when it comes to your sleep! Create a space that is just for her, with child-sized furniture and decor that showcases her interests, fun games and toys that keep her entertained and help her learn, and an organizational system that will preserve your sanity! Read on suggestions to help you create the perfect playroom for your toddler.
1. Don’t Go Overboard on Toys
Have you ever been to a child’s birthday party and noticed that while the mountain of presents is exciting, it can also be overwhelming, leading to meltdowns? Also, only one or two of those presents ever really ends up in the regular toy rotation. Try taking a cue from the minimalists and Montessori education advocates and limit your toddler’s toys to simple materials that will help them develop their fine motor skills. Wooden blocks are great for helping children learn to count and develop spacial awareness. Animal toys are helpful for encouraging young children to try out new sounds and develop their speech. Display toys on a simple shelf to let your toddler practice decision-making skills and to make clean up time (which you can involve her in) that much easier.
2. Create a Space for Learning
What better way to prepare your child for school than to have a space that helps her play “school,” making education fun. Use chalkboard paint to give your child a giant space to draw and practice writing letters and numbers. Role play to help her get a sense of what school will be like, taking turns for various family members to be the teacher and the student. Give your toddler simple assignments to work on from her desk or table space to help her get used to sitting still and focusing on completing a task. Be sure to proudly display artwork to nurture your burgeoning artist!