Win­ter won­der­land

Stay in­side for a world of fun, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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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 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 to the play­room set-up.

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 hand 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.

There’s hours of fun to be had here. Chil­dren can cook, bake and do the dishes af­ter­wards with the Duk­tig play kitchen, $129, from Ikea.

Kids will have dou­ble the fun with this re­versible shop and cafe. Le Toy Van re­versible shop and cafe, $254.95, from Lime Tree Kids.

lime­treekids.com.au

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