What to put in a playroom or play space, where to get it, and how to organise it.
Alternatively, many people opt for different shelving cube units and then they have the freedom to either fill each space with a basket or toys or use the space to display toys. This might be considered more of a Montessori approach to storing and displaying toys.
- A block set
Peg dolls/play people
Where is the best place to buy everything I need for my playroom?
What if I have a small budget or a small space?
Make sure you’ve seen the photos. If they only have one photo up, ask for more.
Consider whether or not the item can be cleaned with a nice strong disinfectant (this is always nice for peace of mind).
Don’t be afraid to ask if it is a pet free/smoke free home. Items that aren’t plastic can often harbor smells, and you don’t want to fill your playroom with items smelling of smoke, or someone else’s dogs!
Clarify why something might be listed as only ‘good’ or ‘fair’ condition. Because the reason may or may not bother you.
Compare what you are considering paying for something that is second-hand, versus what it would cost brand new.
If you are unsure what to search, try some of these and see what comes up in your local area:
- Montessori toys
- Open ended toys
- Sensory table
- Ikea play table
- Ikea toy storage
- Trofast storage unit
- Toddler toys
- Baby toys
- Wooden toys
Try and keep enough space open on the floor for your little one to spread out some toys or an activity and not feel cramped and cluttered. You could even consider a playmat that encourages imaginative play, such as a race track, or a map of a zoo or something similar. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing as a neutral geometric play mat, but it will serve multiple purposes which is great in a small space. And ultimately, the storage you choose could make or break a small space. Having toys well organised and clearly labeled, can make a small space feel less overwhelming. This also reflects the Montessori approach to play where children aren’t presented with an overwhelming amount of toys, but rather a limited number of carefully selected toys, and often toys that can be played with in multiple ways and by children of multiple ages. Happy days!