Nah, you don’t have to pay the $20 to an indoor playground every time your child wants to play something new.
You probably don’t have the time to spare to bring them to the indoor playground, away from your work.
And let’s not get started on how to get them there, kicking and screaming on the public bus.
Build your own home playground.
Don’t believe me?
Here are the elements you need. We promise it’s easy to set up, within a day.
If not, you can give us a call.
A soft surface
If you don’t want your child to come crying to you everytime he falls, you need a fairly bouncy surface for them.
Most use spongy mats that can absorb the weight of the fall.
But beyond just a soft surface, you also want a play mat that your child can use so that they can create new worlds on the mats.
For example, if you look at the Gathre Mat, they have patterns on them which allow your child to roll their cars on them, and quickly imagine as if they were on a racecourse.
You can also get them with us here.
Playground that encourages movement
Babies love to move. Even when they can’t walk, they are already crawling.
And the moment they can walk, all hell breaks loose.
You would see them running up and down, left and right, exploring every nook and cranny of their new home.
Play the tune of Disney’s ‘Let It Go’ in the background, and you would really see your child being let go, to see the new world, on his newfound feet.
With kids having so much energy, having some way to expend that energy can help.
That’s where a playground like Avdar’s comes in. Imported from Mongolia, Avdar Gym is built on the wild, creative spirit of Mongolia, and encourages children to explore their playful selves.
Often when you set up such a playground at home, you might be afraid of how safe your child will be.
It is safe, especially if you have a mat underneath to catch the child’s fall. Of course you shouldn’t leave the child unsupervised.
But the variety of different climbing patterns will leave this a constant challenge for the child to navigate through. There are climbing bars, wooden swings, and even climbing strings to hang from.
There’s even a swing that allows your child to gently swing himself to sleep.
Don’t worry. You won’t get stuck with this like your Ikea cupboard.
It is easy to set up.
We even set it up for you if you buy it from us.
What’s important to note are the dimensions, especially in Singapore, where homes may be smaller.
The beauty of this playground is such that you will definitely be a hub for playdates amongst friends, with most parents wanting a place that can constantly occupy children whilst you have your tea.
Easily put away
Gosh, we know the silent judgment from friends when we bring them over, and they look at the mess our child has made.
We can only silently shrug, and point at the baby.
With space in homes being a premium, you would ideally want a play area that’s not overly obstructive too.
Ideally, you would want toys that are well put together, rather than comprising of many different items that you have to pick up, again and again and again.
You probably need to find some Salonpas for your back.
Okay, let me share a pro tip.
Pro tip – Use a playmat to wrap it all up
This is where portable play mats come into play.
If your child plays on one of this with the bits and pieces of toys, you can spread out the toys on this mat, and then roll it all up when it’s time to pack up.
Multisensory stimulation in play
If you look at how quickly a child gets bored, you would quickly notice how you might run out of toys faster than you have money to buy them.
That’s why engaging your kid in different sensory types of play might help better.
Some of our favourite toys are those like:
You will probably be addicted to this. Yo have to turn the silver star, in anticipation of the golden star that comes out.
You would be kept on your feet, turning and turning, just hoping that the star would pop out.
It’s part of what makes claw machines so frighteningly addictive too.
Because you never know what’s going to come out.
Rainbow Spin Bells
Is your child dreaming of becoming a superstar drummer?
She can start here.
With each bell giving a different tune, this will help your child to stay constantly engaged.
Think of toys as furniture, like Modu Toys
Modu, designed by Danish toymakers, have introduced yet another hit.
Just three things are inside.
- Foam blocks
The theory is simple. Give children building blocks, and watch them play.
You would be surprised by just what they can create, especially with little instruction.
Often, when we build play areas, we think of it just having a single purpose.
But what if these toys could also be part of the furniture and decoration?
If you look at the picture above, you would quickly see how these toys can look great, even at home.
Toys as decoration, like Raduga
Another great example is Raduga, which builds such elegant wooden toys that it’s hard not to display them.
Play, and then put them back on the shelf as decoration.
It will make the place look simply beautiful.
Now let your mind play!
Often, as parents when we think of building play areas, we may look at them as functional spaces that are for a sole purpose – play.
But if we mix them up and begin to see the beauty of putting everything together – play, decoration, we would be amazed at what we find.