I love re-designing our kids playroom. Our once dining room is now the most active room in the house. Initially, I got drill happy. I attached just about everything to the walls. The room looked amazing and the kids loved playing in it. Here are some of the fun things I created for them.
I used one of the long rectangular sides of an expedit shelf to create this fun dry erase wall for the kids. I scored it in the clearance section! I originally bought it with the intention of turning it into a chalkboard wall but we're loving the dry erase too much! I'll use the smaller square portion of this shelf to create their chalkboard area. It's such a great addition to our playroom!
I'm building the kids a Pet Clinic in their playroom. I really wanted to incorporate a kennel area but didn't want to use actual dog kennels. They cost so much and weren't safe for the kids. I'm so happy with the way this came out. It's an Ikea expedit shelf with gates added to the shelf openings. Here's how I did it.
My sweet Charlotte see's her big brother's drinking with straws and wants the same thing as them. As expected, once I handed her the drink, it quickly became a terrible mess. My solution, Duct Tape! The king of inventions and an essential household/ survival tool. Yes, survival ;) It would be one of the things on my list if sent to a deserted island. That and zip ties. Now she can have her straw and I can have a clean baby/ house.
DIY: Window Sill Book Shelf
Just a paint job away and my window sill book cases will be complete. This was a quick DIY project sure to spruce up and organize your kids bedroom space! I used wide frame molding and L brackets to build. Total cost was $10.
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Our kids just love experimenting with gravity and water. I made them these wall and deck activities with a quick stop at our local hardware store.
Here's a magnet ball and tunnel system. I picked up a sheet of metal and used base board frames to create the border. The tubes are made of clear ketchup dispensers and fastened together with electric tape. I fastened the magnets to the back and lined the tubes up in various ways to create a fun and interactive play.
I call this tunnel system tulips and tunnels. We combined the clear ketchup bottles with PVC pipes and connectors. The tunnels are attached with grey plastic electrical fasteners. The tulips are attached with velcro so the kids can pick flowers
Here's a fun way to organize your play area
Picked up these frames and removed the glass. For the magnet, I cut metal to the size of the frame. You can pick up a sheet from Home depot for close to nothing. I created the chalk board by using chalk paint on the back part of the frame. The last one is a felt activity. Just cut out some felt to the size of the frame and hot glue around the sides.
The buckets below catch all the objects suited for each station. I change the felt out weekly to cover new topics of interest. We use the chalk board everyday!
This is a fun, cheap and easy way to organize and inspire !
When we bought the house, this was originally the dining room. The white molding separating the yellow stripes from the blue was already in place. I created the book shelf above the frames by using L brackets to suspend a strip of baseboard from the wall. Total cost was $5!