P is for Play Space Inspiration

I am a teacher by trade and a mother by nature who loves browsing through Pinterest and pinning lots of play space ideas. Play is an important part of childhood, so creating a play space for your baby or toddler will be beneficial to their learning and development.

Not sure where to start? Jen from IHeart Organising has come up with a simple list of items that are consistent with play spaces (or play rooms for older children) and is a great place to start if you are wanting to set one up.

I am currently working on updating Master M's Play Space, so I thought I would share some of my favourite and inspiring PLAY SPACES with you. Just click on the image to directed to the original post. Enjoy!
via The Imagination Tree
What I love about it: This play space is simple, yet very effective. I love the use of mirrors, treasure baskets and open ended toys. I am also inspired by the philosophies of Montessori and Reggio. 

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 via Adore Cherish Love
What I love about it: This "Learning Corner" is super cute. I love the alphabet posters (Casey designed these herself) and the art work - I actually made one with Master M last week and will be putting it in his new play space. You can see Casey's tutorial here. I love the thick woven baskets too, they are perfect for books and for treasure baskets.

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via Childhood101
What I love about it: I found this post when Master M was a few months old and absolutely loved the idea of a long mirror in his play space. We had one tucked away in the wardrobe so I brought it out and he loved it! It was funny watching his facials when he saw his own face. A low shelf to display toys is a great idea too. 

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via Kz and Me
What I love about it: Creating mini centers is a great idea! Having different areas with materials/toys will encourage your baby to crawl and explore. Love it!


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via Mama Mandolin
What I love about it: I love the shelving units with baskets - a great storage system for toys and books at eye level for your little one. Displaying artwork is important too, I love the 'clothesline' idea - definitely incorporating this idea into Master M's play space. I am also on the hunt for a little table and chair set. 


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If you would like some more tips on how to create a play space in your home - Childhood 101 also shares 10 Tips for Creating Great Play Spaces. It's a great read.

Have you got a play space in your home? Please share your ideas below.

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24 comments

  1. Thrilled to see your post! Daycare provider for 20 years so always reinventing my play area. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. I would love to hear your tips or ideas for creating a play space/area.

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  2. I can see why you'd enjoy looking at these spaces, even from a purely aesthetic standpoint.Though I doubt they look so pristine after the kids are finished with them! ;)

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    1. So true Isa-Lee! Play spaces never stay tidy and organised for long, especially when toddlers are involved!

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  3. Very nice! Love the play stations - perfect for choice and innovation - total imagination is allowed - so welcoming!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sue! I can't wait to create a play space for my son, just as beautiful as the ones that I have mentioned.

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  4. Perfect space for your sweet child - stations filled with imagination and critical thinking possibilities - very cool!

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    1. Thanks Sue :) There are some really great ideas that I hope to incorporate into my son's play space.

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  5. Love the use of mirrors in the baby play spaces! What a great idea. I wish I had room for a dedicated play space for my kids when they were little. All of their stuff just coexisted alongside our living room stuff! We do what we have to do!
    Katie @TheCyborgMom

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    1. At the moment my son has a little corner in our lounge. I am hoping our next house that we move into in the next couple of months will have a designated area for a play space (fingers crossed). But yes you are so right - we do what we have to do :) Thanks for stopping by Katie :)

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  6. What a great collection of ideas!

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    1. Thank you so much :) SO many more great ideas out there too!

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  7. I love play spaces - some great ideas there. I'm going to pop the washing line style artwork hanger up in ours! Stopping by from the Ultimate Rabbit Hole link up :)

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    1. Thanks Emma! I love the washing line style too! It looks great! and it a perfect way to showcase kids artwork. Thanks for stopping by

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  8. Some lovely looking play spaces here - but doesn't look like anyone's played in them :) I love the idea of the stations for the little one learning to crawl. We have buckets in cubby holes with different toys in them (bricks, lego, trains, jigsaws etc.). I've gone for boxes without lids as I found the lids to be a nuisance as the kids couldn't take them off or put them on and just stood on them and broke them, but I've heard other people say they prefer lids as it keeps things tidier and in the right box, maybe it depends on the age of the children, mine are still pretty young.
    Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFairLinkParty at mummydoit.co.nz Hope you can share again next week!!

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    1. Thanks Karen! Yeah I would love to see the photo 5 minutes after kids have gone through it! Great idea having no lids - easy access for the kids. I agree, having lids does make it look tidier - however does it make it less attractive to kids? something to ponder aye!

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  9. This is so interesting and I am now inspired to arrange our play room into different spaces for my 3 year old and baby. Thanks for the post and linking up in The Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

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    1. Thanks Karin! I am inspired too and can't wait to create a play space like this in our new home! ooh yaye your 3 year old and baby would love it! Would love to see pics :)

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  10. Love these ideas! Very creative. What would we do without Pinterest huh ;)

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  11. I love this post - it makes my house look really bad, but gives me great ideas for when we finally renovate! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

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    1. Thank you. I can't wait to set up my son's play space in our new home. I have a lot of inspiration now, especially new ideas from your blog. Thanks for having me on #ToddlerFunFriday.

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  12. Wow, I love these ideas! My favourite is the last photo (the one with the green feature wall). Thanks for sharing at #ToddlerFunFriday

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    1. Thank you Tina. I love it too...I can't wait to incorporate these ideas into my son's play space! Will share photos on the blog when it's done.

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