When we found out our family would grow by one, we knew we needed to rethink our basement learning/play space. We felt like we had already added so much stuff to our house when Miss H came along, and we would get more with our new arrival. So Nate designed a basement refresher to make a beautiful play and learning atmosphere for our children.
I love how we have space to put their toys, and also get a change of scenery on those winter days when we’re stuck inside. Miss H views the space as her craft and creating room- she loves to paint at her table and play imaginative games. It has so many purposes!
There were three things that I HAD to have in this room:
- A kids’ sized table that washes off easily
- Comfy seats for grownups
- A front facing bookshelf so my kids can see the visual appeal of books
The many functions of our space:
Our original goal was to limit their toys so that they just took up the blue toy box. But that was short-lived (even though we are fighting the clutter battle). Logistically, it made more sense to keep Miss H’s kitchen things in a basket by the kitchen. Some of our bigger toys don’t fit in the toy box either.
This table is perfect for creating (and learning). We do all of our crafts here, so it’s nice to keep the mess contained! This table wipes off really easily, so it withstands Miss H’s paint and glue experiments! The sink is great for washing up paintbrushes and cleaning up messes. Speaking of creating, Nate is so creative- the wall is made of beetle-kill wood. It turned out so well!
When we have learning opportunities, we usually do them in this room. We do science experiments at the table, “write” cards for loved ones, and read books. I love the carpet squares that are leftover from my public school days. When I read to Miss H, she likes to sit on a square (the bright blue one, only!) while I sit in this IKEA chair. Nate made these chalkboard barn doors, and they are probably my favorite thing in this room!
We have a TV here- not my ideal component to a play/learning space. But it has actually been a good addition, because our guests sleep in the basement. They can flip it on when they go to bed, or when they’re waking up in the morning. It’s great in the fall, because Nate watches football while riding his bike trainer. He’s getting exercise, watching football, and keeping his cheers and jeers away from napping little people.
Our washer and dryer are in the basement, which I actually love. I can do the laundry while still be present when Miss H and Baby E are playing. Extra cupboards also help me get this space organized.
I’m excited to begin preschool in fall with Miss H in our basement space. I’d love to hear your must-haves in a play/learning space!