Win­ter Won­der­land: Stay in­side for a world of fun

As the weather gets colder and it be­comes harder to get the kids out­side to play, JEN­NIFER VEERHUIS of­fers some tips to en­cour­age the lit­tle ones to stay in­side for a world of fun

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS - jen­nifer.veerhuis@news.com.au

With the warmer days of sum­mer be­hind us it isn’t al­ways pos­si­ble for chil­dren to head out­doors to play.

Rainy days and chilly weather mean the small­est house­hold mem­bers will be spend­ing more time in­side.

So now is a great time to make your in­door spa­ces more child friendly.

Giv­ing chil­dren a ded­i­cated space is ideal, es­pe­cially if you’re try­ing to avoid hav­ing toys scat­tered around the house. Set the scene with a beau­ti­ful rug and add a splash of colour to the walls, or try some wall stick­ers, to make the space feel like it’s truly a child’s own.

Chil­dren love some­where to hide so ex­plore some of the de­light­ful in­door cubby houses, tents or teepees avail­able – they’re per­fect for es­cap­ing from grown-ups.

There’s also hours of fun to be had with toy kitchens, shops and tools work­shops, which al­low chil­dren to in­dulge in role play.

Art and craft is also a great way to keep them en­ter­tained on rainy days and they’ll love work­ing as they sit at their own ta­ble and chairs.

A small lounge is a great op­tion, while a few bean bags can also add com­fort and warmth to the play­room setup.

It’s also worth tak­ing the time to cre­ate a spe­cial area to hang their new art­work — it will be­come a colour­ful, much-loved space.

If the toys are get­ting out of con­trol look at some of the great stor­age units and toy­boxes avail­able.

Open bas­kets and boxes are an easy op­tion to en­cour­age kids to clean up.

Chil­dren love some­where to hide so ex­plore some of the de­light­ful in­door cubby houses, tents or teepees avail­able ... they’re per­fect for es­cap­ing from grownups

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